Monday, November 16, 2015

Surprise Birthday Party

On Saturday night we were guests at a surprise party for my friend's birthday.

We hid in the back room of Paintlounge West Toronto until she and her husband arrived...

S U R P R I S E !

She was really surprised!!!

For the next two hours, the guests and the birthday lady either made individual acrylic paintings or collaborated with someone. 

At first M and I were intimidated by the idea of making a work of art, especially in public, but it was surprisingly fun. We were all beginners, together. And everyone was supportive. A couple of staff artists were on hand for information or help.

Acrylics dry fast, so there was no time for "painters' block."

M and I collaborated on this painting.

Today would have been the birthday of my late friend and cover designer, Kevin Slattery. I like to think he peered over my shoulder as I painted, encouraging me to have fun.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Echo's Glass Ceiling

Echo's Glass Ceiling

You may think you know what the glass ceiling is: the barrier which limits your progress towards attaining the job or goal you want.

Echo knows the true meaning, especially when nudging for treats while we're having a meal.

I wouldn't need to nudge if the glass ceiling weren't there.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Version

Wordless Wednesday - Halloween Version



Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 2014


Friday, October 16, 2015

Publication News! Short article in The Toronto Star's Life section

"This skunk got drunk" - Published in Toronto Star

In August I submitted a short article about my experience with Boomerang the skunk to the Life section of The Toronto Star, as part of an article by Isabel Teotonio about wildlife in the city.

My piece, "This skunk got drunk" is on page 2, featured at the end of her article, "Concrete Jungle." It was one of over 200 submissions by Toronto Star readers.

Thanks, Isabel!

Echo and I are Snoopy dancing today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Leaves

October Leaves

Since we moved from our house to a condo five years ago, leaf collection has taken a new form. We don't bag them. I take photos of them, mostly for a friend whose home state doesn't have the variety we have here in southern Ontario.

Besides my usual vantage point from my terrace

 this year we also explored another park

 and I took photos from the car

and when we passed over a bridge.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stevie Wonder concert - Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life Concert by Stevie Wonder

Last night Stevie Wonder had a concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, in which he performed his complete 1976 album, "Songs in the Key of Life," plus some old favourites in the encore.

I last saw him almost exactly forty years ago, in October 1975, at Maple Leaf Gardens. That one still holds the title of The Best Concert Ever.

But there was lots to like in this concert, which Stevie said was part of his last ever North American tour. In no particular order, here are some highlights:

his jazz harmonica riff, which suddenly segued into "Canadian Sunset" to honour us Canadians

- his playing and singing "Imagine" for John Lennon's birthday, October 9. When he broke into tears in the middle and couldn't sing, the audience helped him out and sang for him. Lit cell phones were waving in the air.

- his sense of play and humour. No matter what has happened in his personal life, he's still young at heart, ageless, an old soul combined with a mischievous twenty-year-old. His personality sparkles.

- his genuine gratitude to his accompaniers, his orchestra, and to the audience

Like my experience in 1975, the love was palpable.

If you can catch a performance of "Songs in the Key of Life" you won't be asking "If It's Magic?" You'll know that it is.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Stevie Wonder and Sting duet - Sting's "Fragile"

On Sting's sixtieth birthday, Stevie sang a duet with him of "Fragile."

Although it's Sting's song, Stevie blows him away with his brilliant singing and harmonica playing. Sting graciously concedes the stage to Stevie.