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Today I Love The Ghostly Fog

Today I love the ghostly fog painting the edges of my neighbourhood with silver walls of hazy mystery. I love how those walls make my world smaller, how they reduce what I have to deal with to just my immediate vicinity. I love walking in the fog, wondering if the world I know is still there beyond that veil, or if, as I walk, things will change and become unfamiliar, new and exciting. I love that, though I notice different things when it is foggy, so far I have not been transported to a different world or even any neighbourhood I do not know or at least expect. Although I hate the idea of travelling in the fog because I do not wish to miss seeing anything, I love the actual journey through the fog because of the mystery and because of the limits of what there is to focus on. I love foggy days and I love that they are always milder days when they happen in
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Today I Love Irreverence

Today I love irreverence and all the silly fun that that entails. I love that, though I was not well yesterday, I managed to make it through the open mic at the Bleeding Carrot and then through seven ends of curling. I love that I played and sang for more than an hour and that my voice is rough this morning but still there. I love that in curling my team scored three whole points last night, and only gave up eight. I love that we haven't set the bar too high for next week, yet we didn't get skunked. I love that more than half my shots did something vaguely like what they were intended to do. I love that the skip of the other team was the son of the skip of my team and at one point my skip told his son that he was grounded because of a shot he'd made. I love that curling in
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Today I Love Toast And Jam

Today I love toast and jam and the way that it reminds me of being sick at home in bed and my mother bringing me breakfast when I couldn't go to school. I love the little glimpse of memory of how deliciously wrong and wonderful it felt to be missing school because I was sick, like all I had to do was put up with a cold or some childhood malady and I got a free pass from school. I love that it has taken me a few years but I am now fully aware of the medicinal properties of toast & jam. I love breakfasts that remind me of my childhood home. I can almost smell the wood stove and taste the raw milk and homemade bread and the eggs that had been gathered up just
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Today I Love Free Days

Today I love free days. It's not that I have nothing to do, I've got lots of things to do, it's just that I have nothing pressing and my one appointment has been cancelled. I love that my mind is now whirling with plans to fix up my office, go through a bunch of boxes, cook a real meal, write, go for a good walk, find a new snow blower and maybe buy a new toothbrush to make my dental hygienist happy. I love when my mind whirls with possibilities, it always feels like Christmas morning, the excited confusion of trying to figure out what to do next. I love my mind full of unfocused energy, like a dervish dancing and chanting, it whirls with sizzling, positive purposeless lack of direction and grabs onto things to do as they
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Today I Love Confessions Of Emotion

Today I love confessions of emotion between friends. I love people telling each other how they really feel especially when those feelings are good ones. I love the way hearts have of finding what they desire without any input from anything else that can be relied on like hearing or vision or touch. I love the way hearts seem to know what they love, what they want. I love when two people find each other and discover that their hearts have been looking for the other for ever. I love that I have friends like that and I love how good it is to see them in each others company, even if the result is so saccharine it makes one ill, so long as that sweetness stays sweet to the two whose combined flavour causes it. I love love and the way it can save the most desperately lonely soul. Go find that sweetness that compliments
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Today I Love Warm Feet

Today I love warm feet and a comfortable over shirt, a cheerful room in which to write, and the threat of a week of mild temperatures and rain ahead which might help me get some things done in the garage. I love that Tuesdays are days between adventures but that they also contain little adventures of their own. I love little Tuesdayish adventures. I love that there is drudgery in this day as well, to make the little adventures seem exciting. I love that I have so many chores to do today and that some of them are one of a kind things that will inform future decisions. I love getting excited over new plans and I love that I have a plethora of new plans to get excited about. I love how little adventures can be part of bigger ones and they can all sort of coalesce into huge gigantic ones that seem overwhelming, but are in fact, just
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Today I Love Purple Oatmeal

Today I love purple oatmeal, which is surprisingly more tasty than it looks. Who knew that blueberries, raspberries and strawberries mixed in with the oats would create such a royal hue. I love that oatmeal is never the same two weeks in a row because whatever is lying around ends up in the weeks pot of gruel. I love that when ever I'm offered a smoothie I always decline saying that I'm "still able to chew my food, thanks." I love that I will suspend that attitude when it comes to milk shakes which are actually just smoothies with less guess work involved in determining what's in them. I love food a whole lot and I love cooking and baking, but I really love when someone cooks something special for me. I love trying new things, but I also
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Today I Love Playing Music For Love

Today I love playing music for love because music is poetry with a melody and poetry is the natural language of love. I love that I am going to play at the mental health ward this afternoon with my good friend Melanie and that we will take turns filling in an hour of the afternoon for people who deserve some outside light and air. I love that I get to do this because playing for people always makes me happy and happy is the first and most important ingredient in the best kinds of healthy. I love that I get to share the thing I love with people so much that I would almost pay to be able to play some of the shows that I do, but don't tell anyone that, please? Thanks. I love that I'm feeling like there is inspiration in the wind and music waiting to be born, and I'm ready to write, unless of course
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Today I Love Long Slow Saturdays

Today I love long slow Saturdays that start out easy and mellow out from there. I love running into friends and relatives at the market, seeing friends in passing, talking to people I usually only see there and enjoying my breakfast there as well. I love the comfortable way that everyone just goes about their business at the market, yet still has time for others. I love the cold fresh air and the way everyone stomps and sways while shopping and talking. I love that I get to be a fly on the wall and in my own tiny way a part of the market scene. I love the humming, thrumming susurrus buzz of the market community as it pulses with the life of a town buying its bread and eggs and meat and sundries any given Saturday morning, any time of the year. Today I love my new winter
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Today I Love Friday The Thirteenth

Today I love Friday the thirteenth because this Friday the thirteenth is my birthday. I love that the moon was full last night 'cause if I get a little bit crazy today and the Friday the thirteenth thing isn't enough of an excuse and my birthday won't cover it either ... Bam! Totally blaming it on the moon. I love that I am walking regularly again, starting slow, but it's coming baby, it is coming back. I love the sights and the sounds and the smells of the out doors. I love that I am going to join the "YMCA" so I can use their indoor track when it is more convenient to do so. I love that that will remind me of my home where I used to be able to walk indoors in that huge living room/kitchen/open space and it was like having my own
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