It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over. ― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
For my Girlfriends:
“Time passes. Life happens.
Distance separates. Children grow up.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do.
Hearts break. Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors. Careers end.
BUT – Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you.
A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself,
the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf,
and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you,
or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters,
sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers,
aunties, nieces, cousins and Extended family all bless our life.
When we began this adventure called womanhood,
we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead,
nor did we know how much we Would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.”
It was a bittersweet event at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel last Saturday for the annual 65 Roses Gala to benefit cystic fibrosis (CF) because of the absence of my BFF Colleen Kohse. As The Globe & Mail wrote for some, Colleen’s very existence was hope itself.
CBC TV and radio journalist Gloria Macarenko was the host of this annual fundraiser along with Jeremie Saunders of the Sickboy podcast. Jeremie if you don’t already know, lives with CF.
Gloria mentioned something eerie but special to me at the start of the evening. She said last April she opened up her phone and the first thing that popped up on her screen without her searching for it, was a photo of her and Colleen from last year’s gala. Then very shortly after that, a phone call explaining that Colleen had passed away that day. It does make one wonder.
The evening began with a delicious signature lavender-infused gin + rosemary cocktail, prosecco and full bar. In otherwords; no lack of alcohol.
Beautiful songstress Amanda Wood started off the evening with a gorgeous rendition of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman along with help (not that she needed it) from a choir.
We ate a delicious multi course dinner with wine pairings and were able to peruse the silent auction items online as well as outside the ballroom. Our photographer Charles doubled as the auctioneer for live auction items and did a fantastic job – multi-talented is he. Entertainment followed which had pretty much everyone on the dance floor for late night dancing.
The 18th annual 65 Roses gala was proudly presented by B2Gold Corp. The evening was of course dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, Canada’s most common inherited fatal disease.
Since its founding in 2001, the 65 Roses Gala has raised more than $4 million for CF research and patient advocacy.
We hope to continue to do more so that CF can finally stand for “Cure Found.”
To find out more and/or make a donation please visit:
Mixing Art with Fashion: There are Dresses and then there are DRESSES
Azzedine Alaïa, thefamous Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer who passed away last November left a lasting legacy to the world of fashion.Je Suis Couturier, an exhibition of 41 dresses by Alaïa, will be a chance for the admiring fashion crowd to pay their respects. Especially since he never wanted a memorial.
With signature elegance and masterful cutting, Alaïa knew how to highlight the body’s curves like no other. Poignantly, the couturier himself selected the 60 pieces for inclusion.
In response to a couture career spanning 35 years, new and architectural pieces have been commissioned for the show, allowing artists and designers to pay tribute to a designer who was truly enamored with his craft.
“Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” runs until October 7, 2018, at the Design Museum, London. www.designmuseum.org
If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it — Stephen Colbert
All people are born alike. Except Republicans and Democrats – Groucho Marx
Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them – Lily Tomlin
I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That’s what I see. That’s the America I know! – Barack Obama
In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect– Bill Clinton
When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like – Jane Fonda
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us– John F. Kennedy, 1961
When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, Well, what do you need? – Stephen Wright
Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian– Richard Staines
Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad – Arnold Edinborough
Your majesty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and Madame Houde thanks you from her bottom too
– Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde, in 1939 to King George VI
Eight days ago the fashion world mourned the loss of style icon Kate Spade.
I still covet my roomy, elegant Kate Spade cowhide black bag and my tortoiseshell reading glasses. What makes my bag standout is what’s on the inside – the lining has all red + pink polka dots. It makes me smile and it’s the real reason why I bought it. Because there are, let’s face it, so many black leather bags on the market.
And it was always the fun little touches that set her bags apart from the rest. Not only polka dots, but butterflies, bows, strawberries and the like.
Kate Spade was an original and when she sold her company her handbags still had the recognizable KS touch that made them stand out . You have to wonder why anyone who put so much thought into creating fun, whimsical designs would choose to take her own life leaving a young daughter behind.
There’s still so much we don’t know about deep depression. There are so many layers beneath the surface. Just because someone looks a certain way on the outside doesn’t mean they’re not suffering on the inside. How very sad that we seem to be hearing about people taking their own life more regularly. We hear about the famous people, not the countless others who also suffer from this crippling disease. With the right help suicide is preventable.
If you, or someone you know suffers from depression please Google the centre for disease control to find the contract in your city .
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Kate Spade’s Sparkle will live on in her eponymous brand.
It takes a special personality to make someone who never met you evoke great sadness upon hearing of your passing. Such is the case with the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain. Aside from his friends and family, numerous others were shocked and saddened over hearing the news just three days ago.
Bourdain always reminded me a little bit of Leonard Cohen. He was a Foodie, not a Poet although with his artistic combination of mixing food with storytelling through travel, you could almost describe him as being somewhat poetic. His lifestyle influenced so many people. He represented to dining what Muhammad Ali represented to boxing or Leonard Cohen to poetry. A master of his craft – which was food.
According to the New York Times, Bourdain rose to fame after writing a darkly funny memoir about life in New York City restaurant kitchens which made him a celebrity chef and touched off his second career as a journalist, food expert and social activist.
His mother, Gladys Bourdain, was a longtime editor at The New York Times. She said she had no indication that he might have been thinking of suicide. “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” Ms. Bourdain said.
Despite his untimely death, Mr. Bourdain taught us a lot about enjoying the good life and that is something to celebrate.
Life Lessons from Anthony Bourdain
Never one to shy away from dramatics, Anthony Bourdain’s latest cookbook, Appetites, begins with an interpolation of a famous quote from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”
“If I’m in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I’d much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That’s Rome to me.”
“Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.”
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain.
Anthony Bourdain’s legacy is that he left a lot of good behind.