Neon makes me happy. It’s bright and cheerful and I love it in my wardrobe and in my art collection. It is especially significant now that our beautiful fall weather is about to give way to the dreariness of a rain-soaked Vancouver winter. Pull out the neon!

The first photo above is of my magnificent oil on canvas “Pigs Can Fly” by Vancouver artist and activist, the great Tiko Kerr. This piece was from his very inspired 2010 exhibition titled “Lush Life”. I feel privileged to call Tiko a friend. Check out for more.

The second photo is of a fascinating piece of art – a 12 inch squared neon plexiglass box – that I picked up at a charity auction in 2010.

“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” ~ Gloria Steinem

I stumbled upon a current interview with Gloria Steinem on TV over the weekend. The interviewer took to the streets of Toronto as part of the piece, to ask young women seemingly in their twenties, if they know who Gloria Steinem is. I was mortified to see the results… most of the young women had never heard of her. Suddenly I knew exactly what this week’s posting was going to be about!

In the 60’s and 70’s, Gloria Steinem became the poster girl for feminism all over the world. She was (and still is) a tireless social and poitical activist, a writer and an investigative journalist. The feminists fought for equal pay, education and opportunity for women.

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake! (Recipe below) This is a great dessert for any fall meal and does not have to be limited to Thanksgiving.

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving – a weekend of friendship, abundant food and wine and most importantly, gratitude. Most of us understand the power of gratitude but require a good reminder every so often. Being grateful changes the way you look at things and as we know, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!

I found this fantastic quote today;

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

The bag that is now bringing beauty to someone else. Forgive the quality of the pic – It is a photo of an old photo!

I purchased a beautiful new Gucci bag in London in July 2010 on my way back home from a trip to South Africa. The bag that had accompanied me on this and many other previous adventures, was my old Dolce and Gabbana animal print tote that I had acquired years ago in a small boutique in Toronto. And now, while sitting in the BA lounge at Heathrow, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that it was time to pass her on, let her go, move forward.

I looked around the lounge for signs of a perfect match and all I saw was a sea of male staff.