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finding beauty & style in life—not just in a closet

photo Steve Gindler / “Cvatik”

Having had the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coincide with the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada created quite a “royal” buzz – more than usual.

Not often does a “regular” girl live out her Cinderella story, marry a prince and become a princess. Or rise in personal status and influence because she’s married into a family of “real-life” kings and queens.

But is becoming a royal the only way to do so? For one to feel like a princess and influence others for good?

For me, it’s learning to love yourself and others well, that’s what’s required – not marrying a prince!

Reach out and help others.
If you have the power to make someone happy, do it.
Be a vessel, be the change, be the difference, or be the inspiration.
Shine your light as an example.
The world needs more of that.
― Germany Kent

Happy Victoria Day!
Fête de la Reine!

— J.

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#life reflection
Image: Instagram

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Phil Greenwood

“Blossom”

Phil Greenwood is an incredibly talented landscape artist who works mainly on copper plates. His beautiful etchings seldom relate to a specific place but instead envelope ideas and images recalled.

His piece “Blossom” has to be one of my favourites. Like none other, it beautifully captures and conveys the visual wonder and delight of spring. I find nothing says “spring” quite like it.

Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.
— Ellis Peters

— J.

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Image: galleryonline.com

Michael de Adder

Excerpts from my diary:

April 23/18 –
Today it finally arrived! Our first warm, sunny day – the one that we Torontonians had all been longing for. Unfortunately, I found myself buried in my office madly working away. But my #1 goal was to finish up as soon as possible, so I could get outside for a walk and soak up some of that glorious sunshine.
Not far from me, fellow Torontonians were thinking and doing the same, unaware of the horrific tragedy that was about to play out.
Just before 1:30 p.m. – a day filled with warmth and sunshine suddenly turned cold and dark, very dark.
A white van turned weapon began its murderous trip down Yonge Street on a killing rampage. Seven minutes later, 10 people were dead and 16 more injured. A major thoroughfare in our city had become a killing zone and the carnage forever etched in the minds of dozens of witnesses, police officers, first responders, families, friends and colleagues of the victims.

April 6/18 –
A tragic crash in Saskatchewan between a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and a transport truck carrying peat moss leaves 15 people dead and 14 injured, most of whom were young players.
Lives tragically cut short and futures gone.
This devastating news hit Canadians deep in their core and left us broken. Shockwaves of grief and sorrow pulsed through the entire country.
*April 11/18 – athletic therapist, Dayna Brons, injured in team bus crash dies

April 26/18 –
Today, three days after the April 23rd van attack in Toronto, Michael de Adder published the above cartoon. Two young boys, one wearing a green and yellow Humboldt Broncos jersey and the other a blue and white Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, sit arm-in-arm, tenderly comforting each other.

His drawing struck a chord with me, as it did with many. I found that it beautifully depicted, in a way no words ever could, the outpouring support that we as Canadians have for each other…Canadians “stick” together and we will overcome together.

Thank you Michael de Adder for your heartfelt expression of what loving your neighbour/fellow Canadian truly looks and feels like.

The greatest artist is one who expresses what is felt by everybody.
— Anagarika Govinda

#TorontoStrong
#HumboldtStrong
#CanadaStrong

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