Academic Reflection

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” – Edith Wharton


One of the beautiful buildings surrounding Harvard Yard is reflected in a window of the Harvard Memorial Church. ย The church stands at one end of the Yard, opposite the Widener Library – to dramatic effect.


Photos were taken in 2014 as I wandered the grounds. I felt smarter just standing there! ย And looking at these photos makes me feel it’s time for another visit.

WPC – Mirror


A Walk in the Snowy Woods


“The woods call to us with a hundred voices” – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams


Breaking in the snowshoes – or are they breaking us in?




This tree doesn’t seem to know which way is up.



Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering “It will be happier” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

It seems to me, that the year renews itself several times during the 12 month calendar.

Obviously, New Years Day (Champagne, Fireworks!!) starts us off on day 1, month 1 ….. a blank canvas of opportunity, wish lists and resolutions. One of my favourite things to do this time of year, is to open a brand-new calendar – the old fashioned kind that I can hand on my kitchen wall – and go through it, noting birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other important dates. …..A little OCD? maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰ …….It represents a document of anticipation (and, yes, order).

Following that, the beginning of the growing season offers fresh hope and infinite potential as seeds sprout and leaves unfurl to reach for the sun. For sure, it’s also a time of hard labour and fretting. But, oh! The world if so full of possibility!

And then, there is the return to routines and schedules in the late summer/early autumn. For me, at least, that time almost always feels like a fresh start. I’m ready, then, to settle down to a different kind of work.

Each of these represent equal opportunities to hit the “refresh” button. Be happy! ๐Ÿ˜€

This photo was taken in the spring, as the first pea shoots reached for the trellis.

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2014 Review…of a Fledgling Blog

HEARTFELT THANKS to all of you who have popped in for a visit!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 770 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


On this rainy December Sunday afternoon, in corner of the brand spanking new Halifax Central Library, a man and a child share a moment. Their position on the cozy sofa under the glow of that floor lamp suggest that they could be at home. But then, I understand that the architect’s aim was to design a space that will become the “city’s living room”. Judging by this intimate scene, and the many others we witnessed, I’d say it’s a great success.