Kaleidoscope – A Blog

. . . about places, people, perspectives. It marvels at the wonders, whimsy, weirdness and wisdom of the banal and the extraordinary in everyday life. It travels across the globe, talks about cultures and customs, adventures and attitudes. My very personal view of the world, occasionally in the form of an ad lib haiku.

 
So many places,
thoughts, attitudes, wonders.
Awed, I start blogging.
 
  • How green is my city? I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Part of its beauty is its natural setting and the abundance of nature in the city. We have mountains and the sea, a huge urban forest park and splendid street trees, fantastic views and open sunny spaces, beautiful natural beaches, lovely gardens and lush ...
  • Things you never thought could happen There are a number of things in life that you are generally rather certain won’t or couldn’t really happen. For my part, I am pretty sure I’ll never (yes, I know, never say never) be German chancellor or Canadian prime minister. The odds that men will ever bear children are nano-scule, to say the least. ...
  • Random acts of kindness Last week was Random Acts of Kindness Day – who knew? While I am a big believer in random acts of kindness, I have rather mixed feelings about attributing a special day to something that should really be part of everyday life. A bit like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day that also condensate a feeling or attitude ...
  • I love it here   The free Vancouver weekly The Georgia Straight runs a column called “Confessions”, an “outlet for submitting revelations about your private lives”. Rather than being an agony aunt column, where you put a problem to someone who will then answer and give advise, these are just everyday confessions or statements without the expectation of a feedback. They ...
  • Tai Chi in Burnaby   Early morning at Burnaby Public Library: people practising Tai Chi to traditional Chinese music. The contrast between the soft sound, the gentle weightlessness of their movements and the loud cacophony and frantic bustle in the Crystal Palace market on the other side of the road is flabbergasting. One culture, two completely different kinds of energy. Cloud hands grasp ...
  • Three wise monkeys   Just realized it’s less than a week to the lunar new year. It’s been my excuse to send Christmas/New Year’s greetings very late but still in a ‘timely’ fashion. I reckon the surprise of getting a card in February, when the holidays have already been  forgotten and the New Year isn’t really all that new any ...
  • Vending Machines Thwarted by obtuse would-be technology – argh! Japan on my mind.   Trying to pay cash at a self-checkout machine: my $20 goes in, and out, in, and out, in, and out, until it is almost perfectly ironed and there are no more untried ways of inserting it, short of folding it into a paper carne. I am told, by a ...
  • Cherry Blossoms Walking in the rain Cherry blossom memories Stage friendly takeover. Rainy days and Sundays in Lynn Valley. Raindrops free fall from my Goretex hood onto my nose; old mints and receipts dissolve in the mini-puddles of my jacket pockets. Lynn Creek has turned into a frigid torrent. On the upside: it’s nice to come back home, shake off the rain and turn ...

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