Yes, Virginia, we can confirm that there are actually teams of “Secret Santas”

… in neighbourhoods like ours who are bringing gifts of kindness to unsuspecting people during this Holiday Season.

We all want Disneyesque “Story-Book” endings.

But “real” Life stories never quite go as imagined. They meander and wander with unanticipated outcomes.

A few weeks ago, we entered “The Great Furnace Giveaway” sponsored by Derrick Davidson Mechanical Services, a local company based in Caledonia. (You can still click here to read our original story).

Like many other local business owners, we have been affected by COVID.

Just days before the mandatory closure of our Dance Club/Studio in March, we were at home…


How I missed our Chance to Dance…

As Beverley and I get out of the car, we notice a group of young musicians playing stringed instruments in the distance.

I love the sound of violins and cellos.

Perhaps a memory of being 5 or 6 years old in Malaysia and watching grandfather with his cherished violin.

I never actually remembered seeing him play. Only of his showing me the violin. And then secretly sneaking into his bedroom to touch that violin.

As we continue walking closer, they finish their song, preparing for another.

Just as we pass by, the lady with the cello exclaims, “Someone, please show…


Here are danceScape’s Top ten fitness and health benefits to dance and why you should start today:

  1. Forever Young. Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It retards the aging process immensley. It benefits our heart, cardiovascular system and increases our lung capacity. Fact: The muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists, swimmers and an Olympic-level 800-meter runner.
  2. Strong Bones, Lubricated Joints. Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for men and women. For women during post-menopause, there can be a significant drop in estrogen levels…


The First Song is the centrepiece of your Wedding reception and enables you to share the story of your love through music and dance. It may be that special tune that played during your first date or when he/she first proposed; or one that reflects your fun personalities and views about love and life.

If you’re on the quest for the most meaningful and/or fun songs for your First Dance, take a listen to danceScape’s Top 40 First Dance Songs, as shared (and danced) by some of our Wedding students:

First Dance Foxtrot Songs
It Had to Be You (Harry Connick…


Seize Each Moment

A few weeks ago, my father-in-law suffered a major heart attack. On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of severity, he was a “9”. Usually, the odds of someone surviving this is low. But he survived. And we are thankful.

Life or Death situations like these can bring families together. Or tear them apart. The choice depends on how we see the world.

And I choose to see the world through the lens of hope.

The Hope of Easter Past


The Point of Writing this Is … There is No Point (Day 23)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

This year, my goal is to be the subject of a Thought Experiment whereby I will randomly capture thoughts each day,one hour at a time.

Why?

Life is random, isn’t it?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Has it really been 13 days since I last logged onto Medium. …


The Last Judgement, Sistine Chapel (Part II)

PART II: Michelangelo’s “3D Face” Decoded (click here to view the video), The Last Supper, Sistine Chapel

Continuing from Part I: Michelangelo’s “2D Face” Decoded (click here to view the video), this Thought Experiment takes the two dimensional sketch and Michelangelo’s original work, and uses Vizago to extrapolate three dimensional faces.

In high school, part of an Art History course that I took focused on Art in the Renaissance. One of the artists that we were asked to study was Michelangelo. …


http://fineartamerica.com/featured/god-resting-on-7th-day-granger.html

There is No Point (Day 7)

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” — Genesis 2.2

This year, my goal is to be the subject of a Thought Experiment whereby I will randomly capture thoughts each day,one hour at a time.

Why?

Life is random, isn’t it?

It has been…


www.dapla.org/earth_brain.htm

There is No Point (Day 6)

“’It appears I’m dead now. I’ll take this as an opportunity to tell you things I’ve always wanted to express.’ There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time. So you wait in this lobby until the third death.” — David Engleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

This year, my goal is to be the subject of a Thought Experiment whereby I will randomly capture thoughts…


The Last Judgement, Sistine Chapel (Part I)

PART I: Michelangelo’s “2D Face” Decoded (click here to view the video), The Last Supper, Sistine Chapel

In high school, part of an Art History course that I took focused on Art in the Renaissance. One of the artists that we were asked to study was Michelangelo. I remember going to the Library, signing out a book that contained large photographs of the Sistine Chapel, and being in awe of Renaissance Art.

The Renaissance (re-birth”) movement spanned roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of…

danceScape

3-time Canadian and 2-time North American Ballroom Dance Champions Share Life Lessons from the Ballroom. As seen on the Marilyn Denis Show & Dragons Den.

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