Boardwalk to the Future 


Maudie and Art and Life

  • So I saw the movie Maudie today.  It will be released in other countries eventually such as the US, UK, France,Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan.
  • It was great because usually I’m wondering when a movie will be over even if I mostly like it but today I didn’t want to know
  • It is about an NS artist and you can see her painted house and more at the Art Gallery of Nova  Scotia in Halifax
  • Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins are great though not Nova Scotian though Hawke has a summer place here
  • The movie was shot in Newfoundland though it looks like NS-I think it is generally rockier, hillier and colder there  and very interesting to visit
  • The movie was great because it put together the basics of an excellent story-compelling characters, interesting plot and significant scenery. I just read The Quiet American.
  • Maude Lewis came from Marshalltown, NS near Digby which is famous for yummy scallops and balancing rock and whales are nearby
  • This movie has interesting life themes we all can relate to. It is doing very well and beyond initial projections

The Ides of March

Tomorrow is the Ides of March which I have often associated with my change.   We recently had the full moon.   There are usually some fierce winds which are happening now as the final winter storm blusters in.  Already it has transitioned to rain here though central Canada and the northeastern US are getting more snow. 
Change is coming whether we want it or not and the winds of March will  bring it on.  You can make the change you want or it will be forced upon you. 

See the streetlight in the background.  There is a bag wrapped around it clinging on but it has since been blown elsewhere. 

March will bring change.  My favourite date is March Fourth (forth) which is a command and comes at just the right time. 

Spring is coming next week and if you just changed your clock you have already sprung forward. 

Old man winter is blowing cold air in a last burst of power until maiden spring comes in. 

After the Third Nor’easter/ That Pre-spring Feeling 

  • For some reason there is an orange line in the sky
  • Hi.  Ah what a difference a week can make.  Last week we were awaiting the third storm in one week and now it’s evening and the window I thought I ‘d open for five minutes has been open for two hours. 

There is the sound of traffic again infiltrating my indoor space. The smell of outdoors come indoors again like line dried clothes brought in after time spent outside.  

  • Below see a sidewalk finally coming back after a week. Some snowplow operators were not home much. 

My senses are more alive like meeting a lover after a three to four month absence. I feel it all more than ever.  Like a light kiss after a prelude to more.   I know something good is coming.  

  • It’s been a few months since I stood outside for any length of time. You can hear and feel a difference in the air. You smell hope. Today I was outside after a meeting with people embracing change and as I was talking to a woman I felt the sun caress my cheek.   It was the first time in a long time I could physically feel hope. 

The sun’s angle has recently changed.  Days already feel longer. I know this is true as young men rev up their engines and  I saw two people getting ticketed today. 

Interesting stories from newcomers lately. They love it here after they get  used to the first winter.   People from the Middle East or Asia are the main ones moving here although anything is possible.  

So I didn’t get the snow pics as planned but got some of piles melted days later and saw snow transported to places where it could die like  unused golf practice areas.  

  • There are weird  snow walls on the roadside.  Like levels of something.
  • Things are melting as seen on my balcony and the next one. 

One scoop from the Chronicle Herald in Halifax is that Justin Trudeau placed Ivanka in her father ‘s chair.          

I said things looked sweet between them.  

We feel a fresh change is coming. Anything is possible.   As cold ice melts so returns the sun to its rightful position.   And snowmen eventually become nothing.   

We are in a meltdown. 

I find the balance of life among the four seasons. 

Winter in the Second Coldest Country in the World 

So no that is not fireworks or missiles but a pic of snow that you too could have if you like winter like Ellen from the blog Travelling the World Solo. She attributes a bad burn in childhood in Australia to her love of cold.  That and wanting what you don’t have.  It is fresh and crisp. 

  1. I meet more and more Aussies in Canada. One told me it was a lot like home except for the driving on the right side of the road.  Somehow she didn’t mention the opposite weather but hotter isn’t always better. It has its hassles. 

I can enjoy soup a lot more. The other day sans camera I saw an eagle circling overhead as I walked a city trail in Halifax. 

There was ice and semi-ice with water running underneath.  Things I can’t see in other seasons.

I  can take a brisk walk and still sweat in winter.  Red berries left over stand out more. 

This year I finally bought a tuque and it doesn’t get more Canadian than that.  It goes well with my long coat which is not Canada Goose but does the warming job nicely.  Fun winter fashion. 

I often take long walks in my shorter coat. 

  • It packs nicely in a small bag and would be great for travel. Always thinking.  
  • Also don’t wear black as many do and winter is dull enough and also you should have more visibility with short and dark days 

I find it a good time to catch up on reading such as books by Anthony Bourdain or Martha Gellhorn. 

I also recently got Netflix so there is too much to watch.  Luckily I make it out to teach English to an Iraqi who came here via Syria and loves it. 

So come whenever and enjoy as 2017 is Canada’s year and the East coast is known to be very friendly. 

Every season has its good and bad points. The East coast seems to be having the best winter so far thanks to La Niña which is adversely affecting the  Caribbean and western North America.  We got some snow today and will get some tomorrow night but most days are above zero in the next week except the next three. 

Happy New Year! 

Merry Christmas Boston!

A little pre-holiday cheer.  The above is a craft draft from Moxies on special on Saturday night.  This is a local- a blonde ale from Nine Locks.

After that is Saturday Night Blues on CBC radio 2 though I’m more of a jazz cat which comes after.  CBC has great apps for streaming too.

Every year Nova Scotia sends a tree in gratitude to Boston for helping Halifax during the explosion that happened nearly 100 years ago.  

This year it’s from Cape Breton.