Hattie hiatus…

Pen and paperDears,

You’ve all been so sweet and supportive, and I thank you for it. Your old Aunt Hattie is going to take a blog-break. I want to unplug from the modern age for a while and go back to the old pen and paper and keep my thoughts to myself. I’m seeing a world that seems to think it’s connected and connecting, all the while with heads down into the communication device as the dog is walked, the baby strolled, the car is driven. It’s madness to me. And dangerous.
Be sweet with each other. Make eye contact with a stranger. Look up and see the hawks circling the downtown towers. Keep your eyes and ears open to the “now”.
With great affection, your,
Aunt Hattie.

Passe Penny…

Canadian Penny Auction 20091229Hello, my dears!

Have you seen that Paula is going to be performing in Toronto soon?  Look on the “upcoming” page for details.  I’m hoping, hoping, hoping that she will be asking me to participate…If she doesn’t ask me soon, I shall just inform her that I WILL be turning up in my sequins for a much needed “star turn”.

Now, what are we going to do, when the Canadian penny is no more? What of the phrase “when the penny drops”, or “a penny for your thoughts” or “penny-wise, pound-foolish”? It’s made me all nostalgic for the dear things and so I have ordered me a piece of penny jewelry from Renee Gruszecki and her company Coin Coin
(www.coincoin.ca) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Have a look, and treat yourself. You deserve it.

Hoping to see you all on April 5, 7 pm at the Flying Beaver in Toronto. www.pubaret.com

With great affection, your old Aunt Hattie

Watch Where You’re Going…!

Watch where you're goin

Watch where you’re going!

Hello, my dears.

My, it’s been quite some time since I wrote you last! I may as well resort back to the old-fashioned way, searching out a current stamp, finding a mail box and a handsome Canada Post deliverer. I think it’s called “snail nail” now.

At any rate, I’ve become increasingly troubled by the habits of many, in this new age of electronic communication. It seems we’re in such a rush to “connect” and “get back to you” that many heads are down, focused into these devices, that one no-one sees the bird overhead, or the flower at our feet, never mind the bus, car or truck driver who ALSO has THEIR head down, not paying attention. I think it’s no co-incidence that more pedestrians are getting killed. In many places you will find padded lamp posts, necessitated by the frequency of people running smack into the concrete poles and rendering themselves unconscious.

I find myself, in my most surly of moments, having to hold myself back from sticking out my foot and tripping up the unsuspecting and unaware creature whose head is down. Remember the old days, when it was amusing to see someone walking while reading a book?

This 86 year-old is very aware of tripping hazards – life is SHORT! Please don’t make it shorter. Be brave today, and try to catch the eye of a fellow human being and smile. You may even get a smile in return!

Your old,Aunt Hattie.