The Beaches of Toronto

Canada Geese on the beachThe Canada Geese Of The Beaches of Toronto

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There is a wonderful area of Toronto I just love to visit.  It is the part of the Beaches (or The Beach, whatever your preference) on Queen Street East, starting at Woodbine, continuing east as far as Scarborough Bluffs, and on the south – the beach, overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.  

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When we visit near the Bluffs, we usually carry some good food for the Canada geese and the ducks there, and catch a bite to eat at the restaurant at the Marina.

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The Bluffers Park Marina has offered the boater everything they could want for over 25 years.  Boat mechanics on site, two restaurants, a snack bar, a big sandy beach and just 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. Over 400 Slips, docks from 20’ to 80’, accommodating both power and sail boats, with a full service fuel dock, and winter boat storage.

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The commercial part of Queen Street East is in the middle of the area I love to visit.  The stores, which change every once in awhile, provide unique and interesting shopping and dining – or entertainment.  There are plenty of cafés, and fine restaurants and pubs.  Leave the car at home, take a streetcar, then just saunter along the streets and boardwalks.  Streetcars are a great way to go, adding to the charm of the whole area. They’ve been travelling to The Beaches for a long, long time.
 
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The side-streets have mostly semi-detached two-story duplexes or sometimes four-plexes, and express Victorian or Edwardian style architecture, built in the 19th century, from around 1900 and the 1920s.

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This home (pictured below) located in a Beach neighbourhood recently sold for $1,875,000.

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Here is short and enjoyable video from 2013 entitled “The Beach Toronto – Toronto’s Sports Paradise” (thanks to Bosleyrealestate) which really captures the flavour of the Beaches. In its 3:54 minute visualization, you will see beach volleyball, baseball, lawn bowling, tennis, skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, the broad sandy beach itself, the gently lapping, sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, swimming, sail and speed boating, kite surfing, the expansive boardwalk for daytime sauntering or moonlit walks, dogs (walking their masters), a multitude of interesting restaurants, stores and night spots, beautiful and unique homes, lovely tree-lined streets, our historic and beautiful Kew Gardens, and many restful parks. 

There are so many great places to eat in The Beaches that I couldn’t record them all here, but this link to the website “Urbanspoon” has a list of 157 locations to get you started!

Urbanspoon – The Beaches Restaurants

Walking the Dog Kew Gardens area

I love the parks.  I have spent memorable times on the benches looking out at Lake Ontario, watching proud owners of even prouder dogs walk by on the boardwalk (here since 1932).  It’s 3 km long, and there is a lovely park with picnic tables, and shady or sunny spots. My husband and I used to pick up a scrumptious Greek Salad takeout and set up our hibachi in the park, then cook a couple of steaks for a wonderful meal and memory.

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Or watch Beach Volleyball.

It’s fun watching the dogs, the kids, the bicyclists or roller-bladers on the path beside the boardwalk, and the benches along the beach are wonderful relaxation points.

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I could listen all day to waves brushing the sandy shore, soft shushy ones or big booming crashers, all wonderful.  (I have a recording by my bedside I sometimes listen to, of waves breaking on the shore.) Soaking in the sun is another plus (most inexpensive way to get your vitamin D).  Or sitting in the shade of the huge old trees can actually lull you to sleep.  Even just thinking about a warm sunny day, sitting on a bench, under a big old tree, listening to the waves……zzzzz  oops!  sorry! I dozed off there for a moment.

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Oh yes, and you can use the beach to swim too…..

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(Well, hey folks!  It’s OUR beach too, you know.)

The 2014 Beaches International Jazz Festival 

It’s like a small town in a pocket of the big city with its own individual treats.  Every year the Beaches presents its own International Jazz Festival which is being held this year from July 18 to 27th, and admission is free. Music has been a part of the Beaches for a long, long time.  Here are people listening to the Band at Scarborough Beach in the early 1900s.

Listening to the Band at Scarboro Beach early 1900s

Events at the this year’s Jazz Festival include:

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Streetfest runs July 24-26 showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer – upwards of 50 Canadian bands entertain you along a 2 km stretch of Queen Street East (closed to traffic for this occasion) playing 3 sets between 7 to 11 pm nightly. Check the site link below for all musical artists performing & the locations where you’ll find them:

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Taste of Jazz occurs July 22-23 in Woodbine Park featuring live music and a fine lineup of food trucks offering a full range of tasty delights, along with a licensed beer/wine garden area. It’s a “Gourmet Food Truck Extravaganza”! Here’s the link to check it out:

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The BIJF Tune-Up Run could help you work off the calories you might have added at the Taste of Jazz. This official training run event, organized by Canada Running Series, invites you to a group training run or walk on July 27 at 8 a.m., starting in the Beaches Boardwalk near the Leuty Life Guard Station.  You have a choice of 5k, 10, or 20k – all routes head out in the same direction. Check this website for information: 

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The Jazz Workshops are held at the Mennonite New Life Centre, 1774 Queen Street East, on July 21-23 and July 26-27. Some of the most talented artists in Toronto present these free workshops. Go to this site to choose your workshop and register by email:

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Jazz In Motion – Photography/Multi-Arts Projects – displays of images that best define the essence of jazz music, jazz musicians and the audience which supports them.  You can also submit artwork or participate in live painting in the park. Here’s the site to get information on the submission of photos or artwork:

Beaches Jazz – Jazz In Motion Juried Photography Exhibition

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See you at the Festival!

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but don’t forget to stroll down and spend time on The Beaches too!

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As has become her custom these last few posts, my daughter has offered to add her favourite “themed” musical contributions to my blog. I’ve given her free reign, so let’s she what she’s come up with…

Finding my favourite music with a Beaches theme wasn’t difficult for me. In fact, being a lover of all things beach-related I had a great time picking out these tunes. I’ve included a little background info that you might find interesting. I hope you can take time to listen, as hardly anything can lift your spirits as high and get your toes tapping as happily as a bit of music in your life.  My selections cover a wide variety of music styles. Hopefully there’s something here for everyone’s tastes.

Blake Shelton – Some Beach
Blake Shelton (b. 6/18/76 Ada, OK) American country singer & TV personality. His 2001 debut single “Austin” was 5 wks. at #1 – Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His Gold debut album had 2 more Top 20 hits, and his 2nd & 3rd albums (2003/2004) were also certified Gold.  He’s charted 24 singles, 11 of them at #1.  He’s also judged on TV singing competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs, & The Voice (where his team won 3 seasons out of  6). He’s married to famous country singer Miranda Lambert. He has 6 studio albums, 3EPs, a compilation, and 18 singles. (wikipedia)  He’s had numerous award nominations (including 7 Grammys) which have earned him 25 #1 awards – American Country Awards; American Music Awards; CMT Music Awards;Country Music Association Awards; iHeartRadio Music Awards. (aceshowbiz.com).  I have to admit, Blake Shelton wasn’t on my radar till I watched him on The Voice but I’ve grown to appreciate his distinctive sound since then. I especially enjoy his 2008 cover of Michael Bublé’s “Home”.

2004 – Here’s Blake Shelton with his corny/cute country hit called Some Beach from “Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill” – (h/t Blake Shelton – YouTube)

Vince Guaraldi – Pebble Beach
Vincent “Vince” Guaraldi (b. San Francisco, CA. 7/17/28 – 2/6/76) American jazz musician/pianist noted for innovative compositions & arrangements & for composing music for Peanuts animated TV shows (wikipedia)  1st recorded work was 1953s “Vibratharpe”w/the Cal Tjader Trio. Studio sessions & touring kept him busy during the ’50s (Conte Candoli (2 albums), Frank Rosolino (1), Cal Tjader (10+), 1956 Woody Herman tour & standing ovations at the 1958’s 1st Monterey Jazz Festival w/The Cal Tjader Quintet). National prominence came with 1962’s Gold record/Grammy winning “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. – Producer Lee Mendelson heard that song & asked Guaraldi to compose music for a “Peanuts” Christmas TV special and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job. He & his trio performed 17 “Peanuts” TV specials, & 1 feature film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. (Derrick Bank & wikipedia).  Although he died young, at 47, he’d recorded 17 albums, with many additional notable appearances on other artists albums, and at least 14 posthumous album/cd releases since then. I hope you have the opportunity to listen to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album- one of my favourites.  I love his style of jazz, I hope you do too.

1964 – This is an audio only video of the Vince Guaraldi Trio performing Pebble Beach from “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”.  – (h/t TheElectronicPeanut sin kanal – YouTube)

The Beach Boys – The Warmth of the Sun
The Beach Boys – American rock band formed in Hawthorne, CA. 1961. The group’s original lineup were brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love & friend Al Jardine. They bacame the most popular surf rock band in the U.S. during the early 1960s. Mastermind & chief songwriter, Brian Wilson, took The Beach Boys’ music to ever increasing levels of sophistication and artistry between 1964 and 1966. They then became one of most popular international acts of the decade and arguably the only American group to effectively challenge the success of The Beatles in terms of mainstream appeal and critical recognition. The Beach Boys produced 29 studio albums, 4 Live, 34 compilations and 82 singles. (wikipedia).  2012 marked their 50th anniversary and the surviving band members completed a 73 date world tour to commemorate their years of making great music. On a personal note, I never understood the supposed rivalry between fans of The Beach Boys and fans of The Beatles. Although I’m partial to the Beatles, I enjoy them both. Perhaps my favourite Beach Boys album is “Surf’s Up” – hopefully you’ll get the chance to hear it.

1964 – Let’s reminisce with The Beach Boys in this video showcasing beautiful sunset pictures backed by one of their lovely harmonic songs – The Warmth Of The Sun from “Shut Down Volume 2” – (h/t David Patch – YouTube)

Percy Faith – Ebb Tide
Percy Faith was born and raised in Toronto, Canada (b. 4/7/08 – 2/9/76) Child piano prodigy, giving his first recital at 15 at Massey Hall; played music for silent movies at movie theatres. He injured his hands in a fire at 18 which cut his concert pianist career short. Faith moved into arranging, beginning with local, hotel orchestras but quickly moving to radio where he developed his lush pop-instrumental style. For most of the ’30s, he worked at the Canadian Broadcast Company radio. His show, Music by Faith, was also aired within the U.S. -moved to Chicago in 1940.- had his first #1 hit “Delicado” (1952) -composed film scores during mid 1950s, starting with Oscar-nominated Love Me or Leave Me (w/Geo.Stoll). -his biggest hit of the 1960s was “The Theme From A Summer Place”by Max Steiner (reached #1 & earned him his 1st Grammy). Percy Faith was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the ’50s and ’60s. He had many hit albums & singles, and also was responsible for arranging hits by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, and Burl Ives, among others, as the musical director for Columbia Records in the ’50s. (Cub Koda – AllMusic).  Percy Faith’s music is where I go to relieve life’s stresses. Sit back, close your eyes, you’re at the Beach. So Relax!

1954 – Although many artists have performed this lovely tune, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Toronto’s own Percy Faith’s version of Ebb Tide(h/t baroqer2010 – YouTube)

Chris Rea – On The Beach
Chris Rea (b. 3/4/51-) is an English singer-songwriter, recognizable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing.  The “British Hit Singles & Albums” stated that Rea was “one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s”. He was already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 18th chart entry…By 2009, Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.  He is well known for his 1978 hit song “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” that chartered #12 on the Billobard Hot 100 and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard adult contemporary chart…The Guinness Rockopedia described him as a “gravel-voiced guitar stalwart”.  He has compiled 23 studio albums, 11 compilations, 1 Live, 1 soundtrack & has had 72 hit singles. One of my all-time favourite Yuletide songs is Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas”.  Whether you celebrate or not, it’s a wonderful song to listen to during the Holidays.

1986 – Here’s a taste of Chris Rea’s unique voice in his video for On The Beach from the Platinum selling album of the same name – (h/t SwinIntoMyOcean – YouTube)

 

 

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HEARD ON THE BEACHES

A long walk on a long beach shortens every kind of sorrow! (Mehmet Murat ildan)
Writers begin with a grain of sand, and then create a beach.  (Robert Black)
Beach girls now, beach girls tomorrow, beach girls till the end of time.  (Luanne Rice)
Here, Fridays were dedicated to the two Bs – Beach and Boats.  (Laura Miller)
Everyday I’m steppin’ on a beach!  (Spongebob)
Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.  (Michelle Held)
On the beach, you can live in bliss.  (Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys)
After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.  (Pam Shaw)
Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars. (Maria Sharpova)
I could never stay long enough on the shore:  the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.  (Helen Keller)
If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.  (Jimmy Buffett)
You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.  (Frank Deford)
My life is like a stroll on the beach… as near to the edge as I can go.  (Thoreau)
The beach is in our blood.  Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.  (Sandy Archibald)
There’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair, palm trees are growing, warm breeze is blowing, I picture myself right there, on Some Beach, Somewhere. (Rory Feek & Paul Overstreet “Some Beach”)
Play in the sand; splash in the water; get dirty; get wet.  The beach is the only place my mom doesn’t get mad about me doing that stuff.  Of course I love the beach! (Dixie Dykens, age 5)

…and from that famous author, “Unknown”, comes the following:

-Leave me alone, world, I’m on beach time.
-My feeling about the beach is quite simple… I just love the beach!
-Sunrise beach mornings, a great way to start the day. Sunset beach evenings, a great way to start the night.
-Life’s a beach, and I’m just tanning.
-At the beach, time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted.
-Memories made at the beach last a lifetime.
Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me.
-Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night?  So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.

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A Day at The Beach

 Chillin'Just Chillin’

ShadingCool Shades Man!

LoungingAnother cool one please

Couple in the ShadeShady Couple

Couple in the sunStanding in your shadow

Couple in the surfTwo Against The World

DraggingSwimming is such a drag

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FunningDogs Gone Wild!

DiggingBurying My Head In The Sand

SandingI’m a Living Sand Castle

PlungingTaking the Plunge

Resting after frisbeeWanted: Human Frisbee Tosser

Cool surfingSurfer Girl

Serious Surfing      Surfer Dude

Surfing familyHang Five!

What the???Livin’ On The Edge

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Life is serious…. beaches are fun…. have fun now and then

Signing off…. ej

 

 

 

 

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Who Are We?

Who are we – really?

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Within the time-frame of a half-hour, how difficult would it be for you to sit down and write five things you like about yourself?   How about 10 things? Let’s make it harder – could you name 15? or 20? What about 25? or more?

If you are able to write without hesitation a goodly number of ways you see yourself in a kindly manner, good on ya, mate!   However, the chances are pretty good that most people would not be able to do that. Since we all start out at birth as human beings on a pretty well equal playing field, then – Why?  Why don’t we see ourselves as excellent representatives of what is best in the human race?

A few years ago, a group of 20 women were gathered at my home, willing to do a little experiment for me – and for themselves, as well.   We had come together as strangers in a business venture I had started, and had worked fairly closely with each other for several weeks, and in some cases, several months.

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I asked the group  to list the names of everyone in the room on a piece of paper, writing what they liked about each one, excluding themselves. On a second piece of paper,  I asked them to write down what they thought about themselves.    The results were very surprising.   Although the group found it very easy to write complimentary assets about all their fellow members, every single person there wrote negatives about themselves, with very few positives,  if there were any at all.

Some comments I remember were – “I’m overweight” – “I’m not very outgoing” – “I’m plain looking” – “I don’t smile enough” – “People don’t like me” – “I’ve always been clumsy” – “I’m not a good parent” – “I’m very disorganized” – etc.

I took the negative lists and read aloud to the group what each one thought about herself, followed by what 19 others thought about her in a positive way. Incredibly, every time I read a negative comment someone had written of herself, it was disputed by others in the room, who saw her in an entirely different way.

A few examples I remember: – “I’m too shy. I’m scared of people.” And the room thought: –  “Outgoing… Friendly… Personable… Warm.” Another: ” I’m not very friendly.”   The room:  “A witty conversationalist… Delightful person… Has become a wonderful friend… Good to everyone… Charming and helpful…”  And: “ I feel clumsy and ugly.”   The room’s response:   “Attractive…  Good-looking… Beautiful…  Walks like a model…” And: “I don’t know how to talk to people.” The room:  “Great speaker… Handles meeting so well… Very friendly with newcomers… Explains things really well…”

That’s not all… Some of the other positive attributes others gave about them, surprised them – almost shocked them – because they had never realized others saw them in such an uplifting and favorable way. I then gave them back the page with their own perceptions of self, again read aloud what the rest of the room thought about them, asking them to write down those positives below their own negative perceptions of themselves. It’s not every day that we can have such an uplifting testimony to read whenever were feeling a little down on ourselves. It’s also a wonderful way to cement friendships, when we know we are seen in such a favorable light by others – a truly win-win situation.

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The profit in that little exercise was that people who had come to know each other, were able to influence the way other people perceive themselves. Instead of continuing to be down on themselves, they began to see themselves through different eyes. It gave them confidence to change their self perception, and absolutely made it much easier to be a team player in our endeavor.

Another immense benefit was that they subsequently found it easier  to see positive things in others as well as themselves.

What causes us to think so badly of ourselves that we feel insecure and doubtful and shy, or even self-hating?   I suppose in this stage of our lives, it doesn’t matter how it was started, or what person or persons or circumstances nurtured our negative conceptions of ourselves.   The sad thing is that when we think badly about ourselves, we can sometimes do to the people we love the most, the same things that were done to us, and the cycle continues. Trying to find the causes may be helpful, but it doesn’t matter much in the here-and-now of this day and tomorrow and the day after that.

What does matter is that we recognize that everyone has a need to be cherished for who they are and what they can become, no matter their age or background. In this life, we can choose to ignore others and what they think, or seek out their opinions, and weigh what they say in a positive manner. If someone drops out of sight, we can say “ah, well” and forget them, or we can take the time to send them an email and ask “Are you okay? I’ve missed you.” Or pick up the phone… Or send a “Thinking of you” card in the mail.

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I love people and I particularly love the good vibes I get from them. It is a wonderful thing to see folks cautiously come out from under their shyness, their feelings of inadequacy, or unworthiness, to realize that we all have value, and each one of us has our own place of worth. If, as a friend or acquaintance, we can maintain a nurturing and friendly atmosphere toward others, with good fun and caring at the top of the list, I believe the dividends can be enormous, especially to ourselves. It certainly doesn’t hurt to send a little message to those in your circle of family, friends  and acquaintances, now and then, to let them know you care..

I believe that loving and caring becomes so imprinted on your own psyche that it is even picked up by strangers, making their day a little better place to be as well.   I also believe that our loving and caring needs to start with ourselves.

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QUOTATIONS …

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…On Self

A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.  (Frank A Clark)
A man should look for what he is, and not for what he thinks should be. (Albert Einstein)
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man. (Archibald MacLeish)
Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.  (Leonard Cohen) (Geo. W. Crane)
All I need is my brains, my eyes and my personality, for better or for worse. (Wm A Allard)
All of us love applause, and so we should – it means that the listener likes us! (Emanuel Ax
Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. (Wayne Dyer)
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. (Benjamin Franklin)
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. (Sean O’Casey)
First say to yourself what you would be;  and then do what you have to do. (Epictetus)
For us she is not the iron lady.  She is the kind, dear Mrs. Thatcher. (Alexander Dubcek)
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.  (S Cloete)
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.  (Churchill)
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. (George Eliot)
I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being. (Confucius)
I want you to start a crusade in your life – to dare to be your best.  (William Danforth)
If I respect myself and believe in what I’m doing, no one can touch me. (Fiona Apple)
If I told you about a land of love, friend, would you follow me and come? (Yunus Emre)
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. (Benjamin Franklin)
Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him.  (Frank A Clark)
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. (Mark Twain)
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. (Aristotle)
O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.  (Robert Burns)
Resolve to be thyself:  and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. (Matt Arnold)
Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. (Benjamin Franklin)
Today I see beauty everywhere I do, in every face I see, in every single soul. (Kevyn Aucoin)
Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely. (M. Adler)
You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.  (Harvey S Firestone)

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Awake

Here in the quiet of my room
Here in the morning’s light
Cobwebs swept by my mental broom
Along with the fears of the night.

Here I can see light shafting through
Curtains almost full-drawn
Arise from your bed:  there are things to do
And the time to start is at dawn.

© E Joyce Finn/Collie

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I capture this moment
and hold it.
I clasp it tightly,
savoring it.

Pleasure
Peace
Warmth

Even if only for a moment.

© E Joyce Finn/Collie

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Did I Tell You?

And did I ever tell you
how you make me feel alive?
How you make me want to conquer?
how you make me want to strive?

I want to be perfection
when you look upon my face,
I want to be your beauty,
full of gentleness and grace.

I want your eyes upon me
saying “Love you” all the time,
I am so hungry for you,
that I feel it like a crime.

Every day I’m with you
opens up another door —
Every day I love you —
more and more and more and more.

© E Joyce Finn/Collie

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Leonard Cohen – Who Is He?

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Leonard Norman Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, was born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec.  Honours have been heaped upon him including his induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.He has been awarded the Companion Of The Order of Canada (the nation’s highest civilian honour), the Chester MacNaughton Prize for Creative Writing, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Poetry, the Prince of Asurias Award for literature. (For the complete list, check Wikepedia.) His music has been covered by many singers, and used in many films. He has been in films, and has had documentaries created about his work.

I love this man’s music and poetry.  Leonard Cohen instills into his words, a warm, breathing picture of who he is, what he’s experienced, what he’s seen and felt, to create masterpieces of insight and compassion, perhaps depression and despair, but ultimately reflections of life. He makes me feel what he is feeling.  He makes me see what he is seeing.

Here are seven (yes, I like him that much) selections I listen to over and over again, but truthfully, I can listen to anything he sings with great pleasure. And do –

Album 1967 “Songs Of Leonard Cohen”
The Stranger Song  (1967 live on the Julie Felix Show) (upl. absentreferent YouTube)

Album 1969 “Songs From A Room”
Bird On The Wire (Live London 2008) (upl. RElapso1 YouTube)

Album 1984 “Various Positions”
Dance Me To The End Of Love (upl. 1984 LeonardCohenVEVO YouTube)

Hallelujah (2009) (upl. WolfenSteed YouTube)

Album 1988 “I’m Your Man”
Ain’t No Cure For Love (Live London 2009, with spoken preamble, prepared video upl. sabhti)

…to hear more wonderful music from Leonard Cohen click the links below…
Everybody Knows (2008 live in London) (upl. ilnee YouTube)
Everybody Knows

I’m Your Man (live in London 2009) (upl. alcyoneeffect YouTube) (also recites “A Thousand Kisses Deep” as a poem).
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PAWS FOR AWHILE…

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Why Some Men Have A Dog, But Not A Wife:

281234d1365251218-i-m-so-excited-can-t-wait-excited_dog565The later you are, the more excited your dog is to see you.

Happy-Dog-Pictures-3Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

CuteMessyDogNeedsDogCrateDogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

images-1Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

Harrisburg-DUI-Lawyer-horse-dogDogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.

duck-hunting-dogs-1Dogs like to go hunting…

h-armstrong-roberts-1920s-1930s-farm-boy-wearing-straw-hat-and-overalls-sitting-on-log-with-spotted-dog-fishing-in-pond…and fishing.

excited-dogIf a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

Signing off ….. ej