Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Still Crazy...

 (about each other)

...After All These (30) Years!

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Friday, May 12, 2023

Therapy for Tulipexia*

*Starved for tulips

because, like me, you lack a tulip garden?

Here are a few cures I'm using currently.

1. Look at photos of tulips of the past, saved on my phone or the computer.

2. Watch videos and photos on the Twitter feed of Keukenhof, the world's largest spring garden, located near Amsterdam. It's a delight and the next best thing to visiting there. Hurry; the season ends on May 14.


3. A lovely relaxation video, Flying Over Netherlands, which is accompanied by music. Instant happiness for tulip appreciators.

Flying Over Netherlands 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Gordon Lightfoot

 I was sad to read that Gordon Lightfoot passed away yesterday.

My first concert was a Gordon Lightfoot performance at Massey Hall in November 1968. He seemed as though he belonged on that stage. He used to perform there every November, his birthday month. For a while in the 70s, my favourite singer alternated between him and Stevie Wonder.

Gordie wrote some of Canada's best songs, which included folk, rock, and ballads. He had a unique style and a great voice (the latter was unlike someone he was often compared to, Bob Dylan). The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) commissioned him to write something in honour of Canada's centennial in 1967. He wrote Canadian Railroad Trilogy, which he had to research. A superb piece of historical writing.

Canadian Railroad Trilogy

What's my favourite Lightfoot song? It's too hard too choose just one. 

Here's another possibility that perhaps isn't as well known, Christian Island, an ode to his sailboat and to summers at the cottage.



Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Mayoral Election: A Modest Proposal

 Due to a sudden resignation of John Tory, Toronto's former mayor, there's another municipal election coming up in June.

With no incumbent, it's an open field for candidates.

Today's Toronto Star stated that there are now

46 candidates...and counting!

Enough is enough! 

I propose that they

- cut off the number of candidates when they reach 52,

- put the list in alphabetical order,

- call off the election,


- let each candidate be mayor for one week a year.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Joni was right, Doug

Doug Ford's at it again. He plans to put a new, unnecessary highway through the protected Greenbelt. Now he's getting rid of another prime provincial parcel of land, right on Lake Ontario, land that should be enjoyed by the public.

When I saw this headline in today's Toronto Star:

"Ontario Place proposal sparks criticism:

New plans include five-level parking lot, removal of hundreds of trees to build spa"

(page 1, article by Ben Mussett and David Rider)


I couldn't help thinking of Joni Mitchell's song, Big Yellow Taxi.

"They paved paradise/

Put up a parking lot."

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Stretches for Seniors

I'm always looking for new ways to exercise that 

1) are low-impact


2) won't hurt my knees.

Recently, I came across this gem entitled 

Stretches for Seniors.

Well, one out of two isn't bad.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

September 11 and Other Historical Dates

 Most people can remember where they were and what they were doing when traumatic events happen.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001

I was in my living room, watching a rerun of L.A. Law, with my sleeping puppy, Echo, on my lap. The program was interrupted by breaking news and I watched in shock as the second plane crashed into the tower. Our house renovator, John, came into the living room, took one look at the tv, and this man who never swore in front of me used some colourful language. I called my mother and told her to turn on the tv.

On Friday, November 22, 1963

I was in front of my gym locker, getting dressed after a Phys Ed class. A rumour started about President Kennedy being shot. I didn't believe it, until it was confirmed in my next class, Geography. Our teacher told us to go home.

On Thursday, September 8, 2022

I was on Twitter when I noticed the news about Queen Elizabeth II's death. Although we knew that Queen Elizabeth was getting old and frail, she seemed as if she would just go on forever. Her death last Thursday is the end of an era and an historic moment. She's joined Prince Phillip. Rest in peace, Your Majesty.