Monday Morning Musings

Posted on June 5, 2017 under Monday Morning Musings with 2 comments


Is there anything as wonderful as the smell of lilacs in bloom?

Spring is grudgingly moving ahead. The leaves have returned along with dandelions, tulips and all kinds of flowers. If you have allergies, there is a good chance that spring is one of your least favorite times of the years. I bet that you know at least one person who complained about the dandelions. I could send them a graphic picture from a Delhi slum that might render their complaint trivial. I’m having a lot of these kinds of moments lately. People complain about the most mundane things. Truly, most of us who are healthy, have very little to complain about.

But lilacs. We were out walking with our granddaughter the other evening and stopped at the lilac tree on the property once occupied by Virginia Mattie, better known in these parts as “Miss North Grant.” I miss her grand entrances at mass at the cathedral.

I wonder if anyone has been able to adequately describe smell? India had many distinct smells… some more pleasant than others! I wouldn’t be surprised that the day will come (maybe it’s already here) where we’ll be able to get smells through electronic devices.

I was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies for the fundraiser for baby James Eee. We had a stellar lineup of performers and a great turnout. James’ mother is Melvin Tan’s sister. Melvin and Cathy run the Asian food truck and Melvin does the sushi at Sobey’s . The money raised is going towards astronomical medical bills incurred at the IWK. If you would like to help out, please go to their Facebook page ( Friends of Baby James Eee ); checkout the GoFund me page at or drop into the Bergengren Credit Union and tell them you would like to make a donation to the “ Benefit Account  for James Eee.” As always, your generosity is appreciated.

We were thrilled that Baby James and his parents showed up for the second half of the benefit. His mother, Bella, gave a touching speech. Just prior to this, Sheumais Macleod did a brilliant version of James Taylor’s “ Sweet Baby James.” The concert ended with a rousing rendition of “ With a Little Help From my Friends” sung by Charles and Al Lowe. Sheumais and I chirped in with some harmonies and we were joined by everyone in the audience. One of the many reasons I love this town.

Just a reminder that I will be doing another presentation of my time in India this coming Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Stop in and say hello.

Have a great week.


Enjoy this? Visit the rest of my website to enjoy more of my work or buy my books!
Tri Mac Toyota!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


2 Responses to Monday Morning Musings

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.