Stone Angels


Today we went to St. Norbert to tidy up my wife’s family plot. Next week we’ll add the ashes of her father. I took some pictures of stone angels while I was there. I love the serenity and the diverse expressions of faith that stand guard over final resting places long after extended families have moved on.

These silent memorials help to remind me that life is short and needs to be lived now.

I don’t find cemeteries sad places until I come upon the resting place of a child.

Organic Apples

The most unexpected part of moving to Winnipeg has been the apple trees.
Hot and cold weather bridged by swarms of mosquitoes in the summer and flocks of geese in the fall is what I was promised.
But the apple trees in my neighborhood signal the beginning, and end, of summer.

When I throw them, Charlie loves to chase them and bite them when he finally catches them.

Me? I LOVE having a nice cold and sweet one on my early morning walks with Charlie.

Apples – who knew!

Paulo Coelho

My friend Mary sent me these quotes related to change by Paulo the other day. Enjoy.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”

His site link is:

What goes about comes about

I was hiking along the Toronto waterfront with my son 12 years ago on a cool fall day just like today. While we had a great time, I lost my red 3-season jacket that I simply adored. Ian and I retraced our route twice to no avail. Whenever I shop for a jacket I compare it to the memory of my red MEC jacket, which they don't make anymore.

Imagine my delight at finding the same red MEC jacket, in my size, at a Winnipeg Value Village store today for only $12.99!

Seems there is a God - and she has a very quirky sense of humor.

Some times you really have to believe it before you see it, and keep searching until you find it.

Ignorance is bliss


Here's a quote from my hero David Ogilvy:

"The business community wants remarkable advertising, but turns a cold shoulder to the kind of people who can produce it. That is why most advertisements are so infernally dull ... our business needs massive transfusions of talent. And talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among nonconformists, dissenters, and rebels."

Unfortunately most Agency's - including Ogilvy - ignore this fundamental truth and hire HR gatekeepers who ensure the agency staff is made up of like-minded individuals who are team players, with category experience: read category exposure. As if (prolonged) exposure is a reasonable measure of intellectual horsepower.