Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stevie Wonder's Sunshine

Today is Stevie Wonder's 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Stevie!

Stevie Wonder's Sunshine

expectant hush
hands on the keyboard

reggae beat
You Are the
Sunshine of My Life

he rocks
     to the rhythm
     human metronome

seventeen thousand people
dancing in the aisles
clapping so hard
our palms are on fire
don't go yet
one more

and we see Stevie feels it
radiating the stadium
and we feel Stevie sees it
through his dark glasses

sunshine of

from ANTIQUE PIANO & Other Sour Notes, Deco Owl Press
Copyright 2014,  Barbara Etlin,  all rights reserved

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tulip Party Time!

On Monday, we visited our local garden centre in search of 22 pots of tulips.

 When we got there, we found that other tulip appreciators had arrived first, leaving very little. We bought what they had left and then went to the grocery superstore, where we found a great supply of unopened tulips. Thanks, Loblaws! You saved the day!

It's a Tulip Party and you are invited!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Signs of Spring...

at last!

Although the tulips aren't here yet, I'm thrilled to see the first tree leaves, aglow with sunlight.

Until it's tulip season, I can look at these:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Art by Rima

M and I are lucky and very grateful

to have such a great friend, artist,

who painted this wonderful


Check out her other art at @artbyrima5

just for him!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Is it Spring yet?

Although it's late April, we only started to see signs of Spring
on the weekend, when we returned to our old midtown neighbourhood for a quick, late lunch.

Hazelton Lanes, a nearby shopping mall, is undergoing a massive reconstruction, and the café we wanted to go to was gone. But it was close to 4 pm and we were starving.

We had a nutritious, heart-healthy lunch--okay, chocolate bars and Diet Pepsi-- and I took a few photos of the neighbourhood to remind myself that, yes, Spring will come soon. Even to the suburbs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Woman in Gold is Pure Gold

The Woman In Gold

Yesterday I saw the movie, The Woman in Gold.

It is based on a true story about Maria Altmann, who sues the Austrian government in the 90s to get back the Klimt portrait of her aunt which belonged to her family and was stolen by the Nazis.

Helen Mirren, as Maria, and Ryan Reynolds, as Randy Schoenberg, a young inexperienced lawyer, deliver dazzling performances. There are many flashbacks woven into the storyline. The brilliant last scene made me choke up.

Maria reminds me of a couple of my husband's relatives, both Holocaust survivors.

I highly recommend The Woman in Gold and predict it will win some Academy Awards next year. It is pure gold.