Three Distinct Sounds – Music for Your Soul

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys combined music from the score of “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade” with the classical arrangement of “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in a video that was filmed in Petra, Jordan.

Angel City Chorale – How to Make the Sound of a Rain Storm

Angel City Chorale (ACC) is a Los Angeles  multi-cultural choir of 160 singers. They are conducted by founder and artistic director Sue Fink. They performed this version of the song, Africa, in 2018 for American’s Got Talent.



DoodleChaos makes kinetic art and synchronizes ‘things’ to music. In this video, the Little Line Rider bumps along to Beethoven’s 5th.


Quote Investigator – Garson O’Toole diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what? – Rumor has it – a reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Artists, Artisans, Crafts and Creative Minds
Bent Objects – Simple objects rearranged to create humorous figures.
Real Snail Mail – mail delivered by real snails.
Guillermo Forchino – delightful comic art objects that often resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters.
Curliosity – functional and decorative objects from brass and copper.
Pondering Pool – the humorous art of Susan Mrosek.
Egg-Bot Project – a machine that can draw intricate designs on spherical or egg-shaped objects.
Calvin Nicholls – wildlife and nature scenes crafted from archival paper by a Canadian artist.
Cut Out and Keep -online community makes and shares step-by-step craft tutorials.
Instructables – DIY instructions for just about anything you would want to make.
Drywall Art Sculpture -artist Bernie Mitchell uses drywall compound as a sculpture medium.
Michael Paul Smith and Elgin Park – Michael has crafted a 1/24th-scale recreation of everyday scenes from mid-20th century America, ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s.
Jake Cress – Jake creates classic, original, fantasy, and restored furniture made with 18th century techniques. In a world where furniture makers call themselves artists, Jake pokes fun by building pieces that make you laugh, and maybe think.
Kate McLean’s smell maps -Kate interviews a range of people—longtime residents, new arrivals and tourists—and sometimes even walks with them across their neighborhoods as they describe the smells they encounter. She then draws a map with contours or plots points that describe the range and intensity of smells as they waft from their sources.
Mad Man Knitting – from hobby to necessity, this man explores what knitting means to him.
Cardboard Box Office – a family that recreates movie sets out of cardboxes and household items.
The Jefferson Grid – Images from Google that fit in one square mile.

Lynne Truss – British writer and punctuation specialist
Robert Fulghum – American author and humorist
Stuart McLean – Canadian author of the Vinyl Cafe books and radio show – where the motto is: “We May Not Be Big, But We’re Small”.
Garrison Keillor – the wise, low key observations of the American author of the program ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.

Savage Chickens – Canadian artist Doug Savage’s cartoons on sticky notes.
‘Let it Slide’ Greeting Cards – by Charles Gulotta with illustrations by Ron Leishman of Toonaday
Simon’s Cat – a charming, yet mischievous cartoon cat that lives with Simon Tofield.
The Wizard of Draws – cartoons by Jeff Bucchino.
Vladstudio – playful wallpapers, apps, games and more by Russian digital artist Vlad Gerasimov.
Google Doodles – all the doodles that appear next to the Google Search box.
Doodlemum – Angie Stevens delightful drawings of her family and their daily adventures.
For Better or For Worse – an archive of the work of Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston.
The Middlest Sister – comics created by painstakingly cutting and pasting scrap paper and other items.
Mike Smith, Illustrator -an autobiographical comic about a family with young children.

The World Carrot Museum – everything you would ever want to know about Carrots
the decorated cookie – a fun and funky blog about decorated cookies, painted marshmallows and other crafty sweets.

Galleries and Museums
Google Cultural Institute – Digitized Art Galleries and Artists from around the World

Go Grey, Girl!
Louise Pitre – Canadian actress
Anne Kreamer – author of “Going Gray”.

Extreme Pumpkins – everything you need to know about pumpkin carving

Inspiration and Learning
TED Talks – A nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts, A TED talk. Also go to Susan’s web site with information about The Quiet Revolution.

Christopher Martin Photography – wildlife photographer from Alberta, Canada
Andrew White – day-to-day activities of a LEGO minifig photographer.

A Good Goodbye – The Family Plot Blog

Television, Movies, Performers
Rick Mercer – Canadian comedy and culture show
National Film Board of Canada -An online Screening Room that offers free streaming of documentary, animated films and interactive stories, all of which explore the world from a Canadian point of view.
Jeanne Robertson – extremely funny motivational speaker.

Trades and Training
profoundly disconnected – Mike Rowe’s website – the goal of Profoundly Disconnected is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.

The Quote Garden – established 1998 by Terri Guillemets
Quotations, The Other Pages – thousands of quotations drawn from hundreds of sources.
Demotivators – tongue in cheek – crushing dreams with hard truths.

Words and Images
Wordle – A free tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Choosing and Using Type – You might never have consciously noticed the typefaces you read.


Not Your Average Ukulele Players

Uke can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you just might find uke get what you need!
– uke4ia –

After this past week of destruction and immense sadness, I was ready for something uplifting. The Ukuleles were perfect – made me cry another bucket load, but for a different reason.

Here is the link to The Ukulele Orchestra of  Great Britain and to their DVD – Anarchy in the Ukulele.

Who is the Artist of Toonaday Cartoons

For many years I subscribed to Ron Leishman’s  Toonaday Digital Clipart. I have used many of  Ron’s toons in my blog posts,  as you can see in the following gallery. Ron is  a fellow Canadian and Albertan (Alberta is a Province in Canada).  Though I have never met him, I have traded emails with him on several occasions, and he has generously created several toons that I requested.

I sometimes combine several of his toons to illustrate my story and that makes me appreciate the immense variety of topics he has covered!

I didn’t appreciate how hard it is to draw until I tried to do it myself. It is one thing to be able to say, “Of course I know the difference between a pirate and a fire hydrant.”  It is quite a different thing to remember enough detail about each to draw them well.

Which one is your favourite?

SLIDESHOW: Click on any photo to open a slide show. Press your ‘es-ca-pay’ button to close the slide show.


There are 164 million (give or take a few million) blogs on the internet! Here are just a few of the ones that I have followed over the years.

Currently Active Bloggers

Expat woman and her husband – Canadian Travel Bugs – China and Canada
Christopher Martin at Christopher Martin Photography – Canada
A talented woman at composerinthegarden – USA
A Versatile writer at Curmudgeon at Large – USA
Janet at Desert Dabbler – USA
Angie Stevens at Doodlemum – UK
Elke at elkemental Force
Amanda J Edwards at Gray Gaia – USA
Hippie at Hippie Cahier – USA
Lemony Gregg at Lemony Shots – USA
Lorna at Lorna’s Voice – USA
Mark Armstrong at Mark Armstrong Illustration – USA
Mike Smith at Mike Smith Illustrator – UK
Mike Hardisty at Say it with a Camera – UK
Peg at Peg-o-Legs Ramblings – USA
Sylvia at Shots from the Heart – Canada
Ruth at Ruth E. Hendricks Photography – USA
Darla at She’s a Maineiac – USA
Dor at Technicolor Day Dreams and Virginia Views– USA
Steve at The Brown Road Chronicles – USA
Al at thecvillean – USA
Christine at The Good Life List – Canada
Sue at The Meandering Matriarch – an American living in Tasmania
Nicole at The Middlest Sister – USA
Margo at The Other Side of 55 – Canada
Maralee at Through My Lens – USA
Amy at The World is a Book – USA
JSD at Undercover Surfer – USA
A Texan at year-struck – USA

A Retired Blog is Not a Dead Blog…

Barb at Before Morning Breaks – USA
Susan at Coming East – USA
Fergiemoto at Creativity Aroused – USA
Jennifer Hamilton at The Domestic Goddess – Canada
An Aussie at Magsx2’s Blog – Australia
Charles at Mostly Bright Ideas – Canada
A creative Woman at Prairie Wisdom – USA
Phil at Random Thoughts – USA
A Virginian at Silver in the Barn – USA
Kendra at thoughts of a woman of a certain age – USA
Winsomebella at winsomebella – USA

Not every visitor is a fellow blogger, but the comments are just as valuable:
Barb, a friend – Canada
Joy, a friend – Canada
Taryn, a friend – Canada
Evelyn, a friend – Canada
Bob, a friend – American expat
deluxcanuck, a friend and cousin – Canadian expat living in Luxembourg
Beadlejuice – Canada
The Car Guy’s Sister – Canada
Anita – an American friend