Saturday, October 10, 2015


This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. 

With my grocery list in hand and my granddaughter helping me fill the shopping cart, it made me stop several times to give thanks during the process of preparation. Kya chattered about the delicious things she thought we should include in our Thanksgiving menu, already having her favourites and traditions. With every yummy item she added, I took the opportunity to talk about people who don't have all that we have.

My sister and I looking stylish at Thanksgiving (1963)

Throughout our grocery shopping we gathered food items that she would put in the food baskets for donation. I hold back the grocery store points collected and turn them over for the food bank - one store card for Thanksgiving, and the other points card is used for Christmas giving. Kya learned this yesterday, and she learned how important it is to give to others. Of course then she skipped along and talked about pumpkin pie; and that's fine, because she helped someone else skip along because they too will have a Thanksgiving dinner.


And like so many people, we will sit down with family to enjoy a full turkey dinner. It is a dinner of abundance that has an average consumption of 2,500 calories per person. And this is where I remind myself every time to pace it. There is always tomorrow, and left-overs are the absolute best.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis in New York City

My son and I left New York City the night before Pope Francis' arrival. We felt the tug and pull of being happy we flew out before the traffic became even more chaotic, and the desire to stay and experience the Pope's visit.
And like anyone who has a guest coming to visit, New York was no different in preparing for the arrival of the Holy Father - they worked diligently to ensure that everything was in place.
We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral a couple of days before the Pope's arrival to find the crews working around the clock putting finished touches on the restoration.

Altar of St Patrick's Cathedral two days before the Pope's visit.

Painting, polishing, drilling, and testing the miles of media feed - it was a beehive of activity as we quietly walked through the cathedral. The beauty of St. Patrick's Cathedral is gleaming from the $175 M renovation. My son Dallas and I took our time exploring and couldn't help but imagine that in a few days the Pope would be standing at the altar.

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polishing the brass for the Pope's arrival

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York - two days prior to the Pope;s visit.

It was at Our Lady of Queen's school in Harlem that the Pope seemed the most glowing and excited. The Pope was beaming when he walked along the cheering crowd of children and generously stopped for selfie's with the students.

As the Pope entered the classroom the students broke out in song with a Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (the prayer of Saint Francis) and then skipped right into prayer reciting the Hail Mary with the Pope. Two young students guided the Pope to a interactive video screen to share a project the class had been working on. It was a new lesson for Pope Francis as the students guided him through the process of operating a touch screen. A young girl literally took the Pope's hand to help guide him through the exercise; you couldn't help but smile at the innocence and excitement of the children.

Speeches were detoured as Pope Francis spoke from his heart, eyes glowing back at the exited faces of the children and extended his time at the school. If he could stay and spend the rest of his time at the school, he would have. At Central Park there were 80,000 people waiting to capture a glimpse of the Pope before he leaves for mass at Madison Square Gardens.

Being in the city while New York prepared for the visit (and the UN at the same time) -  I have to say they deserve enormous applause. New York took it all in stride - preparing and welcoming the Pope.

As the journey continues with prayer and blessings for everyone, 
Pope Francis asks that we pray for him.

We lit candles & prayed at the altar during our visit.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A few days to play

I am off and running with my handsome son for a few days. We are spending some quality time together in New York City. 
Sightseeing, exploring, shopping, taking selfies, and having some crazy fun. 
There may be a few bevies involved.
That is the plan.

I promise to bring you home a souvenir, which will likely be in the form of many photo's to share here next week. 
But for now, I'm excited to have the days to play and explore. 
And so happy to have this time alone with my son.