Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars

"Sooner or later, the lightning comes to us all."
-Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men

Spring has arrived. The world, once a frozen terrain of bare trees and whispered stories, has now unfurled from its long sleep to be alive once more. Days are now longer and with it comes nostalgia of long-forgotten memories, a smell of hope, and a stirring in our hearts.

Although this springtime weather has just begun, there's a yearning to start writing my Summer List ( I have made one every year since I was ten). There's just so many things I want to do, starting with the simple things like biking and kayaking around the Toronto Islands,  go on road trips like my friend and I did last year where we went from Toronto all the way to Montreal. I want to visit Stratford again. Believe me when I say this: Stratford  is a place of magic. I was wonderstruck through and through. One of my favourite Canadian painters, Janet Hill, has a studio there- it would be lovely if I get the chance to meet her in person- I'm smitten by her paintings.
I want to learn how to swing dance, have more champagne picnics, go on a hot air balloon, arrive halfway through my so-called novel, paint by the coast, visit bookshops in small towns, enjoy weekends at the cottage with friends, and so much more. Are you with me?

My Spring playlist is in full swing. There's lots of tunes from An Education soundtrack, Florence + The Machine (I can't wait to see her live in concert in August!!), Dustin O'Halloran, Sarah Jarosz, She & Him, Madeleine Peyroux, Jose Gonzalez, The Civil Wars, and the Midnight in Paris soundtrack.

One of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite films, The Brother's Bloom. I love these sort of films: they always make you think that life is much more charming and fantastic than we'll ever know.

"This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything..."


  1. Reading your post just took me on a sort of journey, and it wasn't just the talk about traveling. Your words are both calming and inspirational, and they took me away to places I forgot about.

    I'd love to ride a hot air balloon, go to the sea, and learn how to swing dance, too. I'd also love to learn how to paint. To travel to foreign places and to grow herbs and vegetables in my own garden.

    I really loved The Brothers Bloom. It was such a great movie, don't you think?

  2. Thank you so very much Hazel, I'm beyond touched by your words- I definitely think The Brothers Bloom was a fantastic film- if only there were more films like that nowadays!
    Agree on growing a garden and the travelling part- in fact, I think that's something everyone should do always.
    Hope all is well. :)
    Keep in touch!


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