Monday Morning Musings

Posted on November 10, 2014 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet


Gypsy Souls Café – Site of my Florida book launch



I was wandering along Gulf Boulevard the other day and came upon this really neat café. It has only been opened since June. It has a very unique layout. The ante room is circular with all kinds of comfy leather chairs to curl up with a book and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. A narrow hallway leads you into the restaurant part which has one large table in the middle and also a counter to place your laptop. The back door opens up onto a patio that overlooks one of the many inland waterways.

I got chatting with one of the managers and one thing led to another and the next thing you know, we planned a book launch for later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

It won’t surprise you that our resort in no way resembles Daytona Beach during March break. Betty and I would be among the younger people here. I haven’t read any Maeve Binchey but I’m told that the cast of characters at The Islander would not be out of place in one of her books!

Two of my brothers have been staying here this week and one of them made an interesting observation. Several of the guests have medical issues and he was impressed by what he called their “ calm acceptance of their age and infirmity.” He went on to say that “ I’m starting to see the worst of aging. But I’m also struck by the best of it.” He sent me an interesting article from the NY Times. I don’t know if you ever read these links but if you are lucky enough to have an aging parent or relative, this might shed some light.

Are you “Jian Ghomeshied” out? Me too. So much so that now when his name comes up in a conversation we all refer to him as “the person who shall not be named.”

My Tuesday story which will be published on Casket day ( Wednesday ) is about old fashioned diners . At the risk of being drawn into a controversy (!), these diners are the complete opposite of a “restaurant that shall not be named” which is much in the news these days. I love the older women who have been toiling in these places forever. Especially in the U.S. where they are likely to call you “hun.” Coming up on Wednesday, “Dishing it out at the Diner.”

And how about our own People’s Place library and their award as the best public space in Canada. Most of you are too young to remember, but this was Eileen Cameron Henry’s dream 30 years ago. Congrats to the visionaries and the people that kept this dream alive.

Have a great week.

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