Thursday, September 4, 2014

Inspirational Sign From A Billboard

INSPIRATION can be found in unlikely places. A message on a billboard at the local nursery caught my attention more than the plants did recently.

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will," the sign read.

Dreams loftily float above the clouds or sit on pedestals, which is why we assume they are extremely difficult to attain.

Yet most things we hope to achieve are doable and already reality for possibly millions of people. Improved health, wealth, relationships and/or artistic, athletic and scientific achievements happen daily for dreamers who believe.

Do caterpillars doubt they will be butterflies? The billboard and a butterfly my daughter painted remind me that doubting and feeling intimidated by our own dreams delays us from doing what needs to be done to see them materialize.

Famed author Johann Goethe wrote nearly two centuries ago, "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it."

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

An Uplifting, Hair-Raising Day At The PNE

THE HISTORIC Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew in Vancouver is back in town. It has run at Hastings Park for over a century now despite recurring suggestions about changing its location. Debate about its need to exist has had its ups and downs.

The gigantic fair usually operates for seventeen days at the end of summer. It is a time when rain is likely to fall and families have one last chance to build fond memories before the kids return to school.

Like many in Greater Vancouver, I attended the fair at different stages of life. I went as an awestruck little girl eager to win a teddy bear, a concert loving teen enamored by the night lights, an adult interested in art and educational exhibits and a mom wanting her child to get a taste of candy apples and community fun.

Last week at the Playland section, I glanced up to see dare-devils riding in something that looked like rows of Pez dispensers. From experiencing thrilling (sometimes stomach-churning) rides ...

to spending hair-raising amounts of money to "win" an overstuffed prize ...

the annual event is part of the fabric of southwest BC life.

Having neglected the PNE for several years, I was glad my husband wanted to go. I would not be surprised if the famously fresh mini donuts lured him back. What person has not walked away with special memories of the PNE?


The Superdogs (as always) drew a huge crowd. The dogs jumped and ran through their challenges so speedily I did not snap one good picture of them in the act.

I had forgotten how loudly the music played during their performances.

I wondered how dogs with super-sensitive hearing could adjust to the heightened sound?

Humans also performed brilliantly. The agile girl in blue (below) looked as if she would fly off the stage.

Her big hoop reminded me of the Ferris Wheel we later went on.

This placid ride is just my speed nowadays. Unfortunately, it ended much quicker than I recalled. I could have gone round and round for hours.

Here I am at a wonderful animation exhibit wishing I could straighten the art that is painted on the wall behind me.

The animals looked a little bored or sedated. Seeing them being adored and petted gave me the usual twinges of guilt knowing that one day they would likely end up on someone's plate for dinner.

Squeals of fear mixed with joy were heard from the people above as they circled the sky like a swarm of mosquitoes.

Where else but at the PNE could you sip AND ride a cup of tea?

This year a traveling exhibit from the popular Game Of Thrones television series was on site. It was interesting how each person who sat on the throne suddenly looked royal.

There is so much to see at the PNE that it cannot be fully appreciated in one day. I just touched the surface in this post. During our visit, not a single drop of rain fell. People performed enthusiastically trying to please. The staff of mostly cheerful youth kept the entire grounds clean and humming. A great provider of temporary jobs for students, the PNE I hope will live on and thrive.

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