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no beaver, not a one


there was a lot going on today

the setting up for the big Canada Day celebrations

on parliament hill, were in full swing


streets were already being blocked off

hardly a car on streets that are usually very busy

I did look,  I even stood on tippy toes

not a beaver was to be seen


it was early when we landed downtown

on Bank street,not far from Gladstone

I couldn’t resist taking a picture

of these great old buildings

those of you who know Ottawa

know that we are just an oldie but goodie

with history and interesting

architecture to create the ambience that is



there could have been a beaver

lurking behind one of those windows

but.. somehow I doubt it.


a friend was getting her first tattoo

no .. not a beaver

the gal shown here, is the very talented

tattoo artist

Samantha Read

@ The Ink Spot

429 Bank Street, Ottawa


and no Beaver Tail was eaten during

the making of this blog.

beaver tail

for more info on the “beaver tail”  you can visit

Beaver Tails Wikipedia

If you are celebrating Canada Day,

enjoy a beaver tail

I have yet to taste on !



C’est bien dimanche, Alo!

buddha, laughingThe happy Buddha, it is said, you rub his tummy for good luck, prosperity and good fortune.


Words to start the day with.  Thoughts to bring with us through our day.  Some days like yesterday, I just needed to get away.  Not be in a familiar, take to the road, walk in the downtown congested core of the city.  Feel the life all around me, the buskers, vendors, tourists, Saturday shoppers, homeless.  The market was humming. A lone saxophone player stood outside one of the big department stores, his notes, long and soulful as he tried to catch a listener in the bustling and jostling of the hurrying  passers-by.

On the opposite side of the street a young man and woman were playing a duet in front of the Beaver Tail* food truck.  People sat at tables talking and eating,  There is a building full of food booths from all different parts of the world. The sounds of the city on a Saturday afternoon when the sun is out, rain was forecast but hadn’t arrived yet, is a cacophony,  not always one that harmonizes. So why when I wanted a place to meditate and be “away” from my home comfort zone, did I chose to go downtown.


Where I am is not what will produce the ambiance for a good meditation.   The human mind is much like the environment I was in, it is busy, it is always chatting, charting and planning.  Quiet begins from within.  It is MY actions, MY personal desire to want the quiet, that will give me the connection to the “Universe”… I need only sit, close my eyes, and pray/meditate.    The  world goes on around me, but my mind stills, and I am ONE with God/Divine power.  

Alan Watts said -” This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now,  And instead of calling it work, realize it is play”  This is how I like to live.   In my earlier years, I read all of Alan’s books, there is one now that I can’t even tell you its name, but I carried it with me and read it over and over till it was worn thin.  Words are only that words, used properly they are an art form. Granted they help in conversations, in the end, it comes down to one word can have different meanings and intent.  The only connection that is real is the one you have with your Self and God/Tao.


Happiness is not ready made – It comes from your own actions – 

Dalai Lama


Beaver Tails are a  sweet dessert ( fast food), like a flat pancake(donut) layered with sweets,fruit etc.


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