Happy Blog Birthday – One year of Take Note

The occasion caught me by surprise, though delightfully so. WordPress sends me weekly blog statistics along with other notifications including a recent Happy Anniversary message. It is now a year since I set up this blog, a project originally intended as a placeholder for stories destined for publication on social media. I never planned to... Continue Reading →

I am not cool

These four words could tell no greater truth--I am not cool! I have never been cool, and while I might have wished to be cool, I know few truly cool people to help me become cool. When I visit the barber shop (aka. hair stylist) I look at the cool doos (dudes?) pictured, though none... Continue Reading →

5,000 and counting

I received a lovely notice from my blog service provider, WordPress.com the other day. They said it was time to celebrate, as my blog has been viewed over 5,000 times. This is glorious news for a site initiated on 22 May, 2021 as a placeholder for material for inclusion in social media posts. In the... Continue Reading →

Falling in love

Best friends It’s that time of year again, when here in the western regions of North America the air turns colder while the sun stays warm. The intense heat--and this year, what heat!--is over and for us in British Columbia the fires while not extinguished everywhere are smaller and less threatening than two weeks ago.... Continue Reading →

On Fortune and Cookies

It’s a ritual common for many of us, the Fortune Cookie after Chinese dinner out. I do wonder hwoever, where is the fortune, and what is the cookie anyway. It doesn’t look like any cookie I might make or eat. Highly stylized, with a hard crackable exterior, it looks more like a shell on the... Continue Reading →

Retirement Reflections #2: UNSUBSCRIBE

Yogas Design, Unsplash Certain English words elicit strong emotions for me. Words such as “charge” which could refer to a light brigade or the expenditure of a significant amount of money. Likewise “reboot” could refer to a mangled computer hard drive with the obligatory hour or more of AI technological struggle (yes, I am a... Continue Reading →

The Arts, Indian Horse, and a Firestorm

Tuesday July 20, 2021 In today’s Morning Prayer with the garden congregation from Canterbury Cathedral Dean Robert began with a rather long list of pressing global concerns: The fatal deluge of flooding in Western Europe; the human rights abuses presently enacted on minority populations and young male adults in Burma/Myanmar; firestorms in the United States;... Continue Reading →

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