Hemingway…

  Ernest Miller Hemingway was a "rock star" before rock and roll!  Handsome and charismatic, a gifted storyteller, he dominated any room he entered. Whether you admire his talent or object to the way he lived his life, you will agree it was a colourful life...lived to the fullest.       My fascination with… Continue reading Hemingway…

Keep Calm and Carry On…

    The slogan, "Keep Calm and Carry On", was one of three messages created in 1939 as part of British wartime propaganda to offer the public reassurance in the event of the war.  Of the three posters issued, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" message was rarely seen during WWII.  In 2000, an original… Continue reading Keep Calm and Carry On…

Aging Gracefully?…

    I love this quotation. Age is just a matter of perception...right? And I love those sayings like 60 is the new 40, 50 is the new 30 etc. In reality, though, aging gracefully is not for the faint of heart...especially when others have opinions about how you should approach the passing of years.… Continue reading Aging Gracefully?…

Ring of Fire…

  Sunday is Valentine's Day... the Feast day of Saint Valentine. This year will be a Covid Valentine's Day, and I'm guessing most of us will not be celebrating the occasion as we would have in past years. Once again, the Coronavirus rules the day... Traditionally, Valentine's Day brings a huge boost to retailers worldwide.… Continue reading Ring of Fire…

The French Beret…

      Like champagne, baguette, and macaron,  the beret is an iconic symbol synonymous with France. Berets were originally worn by French shepherds centuries ago.  They believed (correctly) that if wool could keep sheep cool in summer, dry in inclement weather, and warm in winter, the same principle should work for them. Their crude, wool… Continue reading The French Beret…

The Collapse of Civility?…

I, like many of you, was so happy on December 31 when the clock struck midnight flipping the calendar over to a new year, 2021.  It was to be a fresh start, full of promise.  The vaccine for Covid 19 was approved, soon we would be reconnected with friends and family and the economy could… Continue reading The Collapse of Civility?…

The Campaign for Wool…

    This green sheep drawing is the logo of the "The Campaign for Wool" which was launched in 2010 in an effort to make wool fashionable again.   Prince Charles is the Patron of The Campaign of Wool.  Wool once a mainstay of the United Kingdom economy (the world actually), has fallen out of… Continue reading The Campaign for Wool…

Wine Wednesdays

Last March we all found ourselves living a new reality...our lives were about to change drastically.  Many of us were shut indoors during a mandatory lockdown only venturing out for the essentials.  I remember having such "cabin fever" that I would get in the car and start driving around the city amazed at how little… Continue reading Wine Wednesdays