It's March, but spring has not quite sprung in our corner of the world. This past weekend, even in the glorious sunshine, it still very much felt like winter. With my cousin's family here for a visit, it meant spending time with her daughters... three of my favourite young girls/teenagers. It's always a welcome change… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #38 – The Exuberance of Youth and #Gratitude
The first thing I notice is the Hudson's Bay blanket. They are iconically Canadian and part of our country's history. But there it is, on my bed... in a Monastery in old Quebec City. The four muted, primary stripes of the blanket are the only colours in the room. A vision of white; austere… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #36 – Silence in an Augustinian Monastery
When planning this trip to Ottawa, I vowed that I would lace up the skates and glide regally (or not) down our capital’s frozen byways. But today, I just couldn’t pluck up the courage. I’m not proud of the reason – with the wind-chill factor plunging the temperature to almost minus 20C, it's darn… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #34 – In the capital where it’s icy cold, winter wondrous and gallery perfect
I couldn't help getting a little teary this week when I read his message. It was from Bruce, and he thought this quote from Thoreau might resonate. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #32 – Happiness is like a butterfly…
Might you have a tsundoku? Yes, if you are one who stacks books, piled high and earmarked for reading, you have a tsundoku. Charmingly, the Japanese combined elements of ‘piling things up ready for later’ and ‘reading books’ to create this colloquialism... it perfectly describes the squirrel-like habits of many who treasure books and endeavour to read… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #30 – What’s in your tsundoku?