Over the years, I collected words to represent special days. Resolutions signify a New Year, gifts denote birthdays, hearts for Valentines, flowers for Mother’s Day, books for Father’s Day, and music for Christmas. These day-word pairings are rather obvious, especially when reinforced by the seasonal advertising campaigns that have the power to seduce even the hardened penny-pincher.
Weddings, on the other hand, are extra, extra special. Whether formal or informal, weddings are uniquely personal for two people who have chosen a life together. Friends and family come to celebrate their joy, but the day belongs to the couple. The only word that reflects the magnitude of a wedding is “vow”, a solemn promise. Continue reading
May 3, 2012 – Earth Day + 11 days – I made a commitment to recycle, recycle, recycle. By a fortunate happenstance, a neighbour was gauging the interest in organizing a residential food scraps collection for our strata community. The first meeting was June 7, 2012. I am proud to announce that I am on the committee for the collection of organic matter. I’ll be documenting our progress on Taking the Kitchen!
The beauty of Earth is seen in a Flower!
Baby Boomers – we’re in the news again and causing a great deal of commotion, as usual! Tuesday, May 29th, the Canadian government will release the next set of data from the 2011 census. Business leaders, analysts and policymakers will scour the figures for clues as to how the world will look like in the coming years. It should come as no surprise that we are all getting older. The mirror tells me that on a daily basis.
Without a doubt, we are living during a time of significant change. Experts predict that in Canada, the population 65 and older will soon outnumber those under the age of 15. Governments and businesses are reacting to this demographic shift. The retirement age has been raised and healthcare is bracing for an influx to long-term care. So what does this mean to me? How am I responding to the transition?
Have my preferences changed over the past 5 to 10 years? Absolutely! I have altered my spending and saving patterns considerably. I don’t buy things – I buy experiences. They are far more exciting. I have learned that what I want and what I need are two different things. To know the difference is the key to a successful life. As one of the baby boomers, my primary needs are to keep healthy, to cherish friends and family and to embrace a lifestyle that sustains the environment. It is a commitment that I work on every day. Sometimes it’s easy to keep but there are other times when it’s not so easy. Nothing works out exactly as we expect even when we have all the data in front of us. There are no certainties – and maybe that’s why life is just that much more exciting.
Collecting Experiences – Travelling the Scottish Highlands