In search of …

Last September we lost our good friend. In her dying days she admitted how much she would have loved to have seen the Northern Lights.

She traveled the world’s countries extensively.

She had even a trip planned in case she would have enough time before she would pass away. In the end she did not make it and the cancer got to her sooner than expected.

We thought it would be a fitting way to remember her by visiting Lapland with a groupd of friends that were closest to her.

So we did and we are here now. In Kuusamo, Finland.

Chasing the Northern Lights, remembering her laughter, walking in a winter wonderland, in total silence, remembering her stories.

Listening to Thomas Azier, Babylon. Talking aloud, playing games.

Making a lot of jokes. Laughing and drinking. And good food. Very important.  To her.

To us. ‘Pretty Infiniti’ seems a song that fits the surreal landscape and bizarre situation of a death way too early, way too soon…

Connecting Title Radio…

Last week I was listening to a Google radio suggestion based on my preference for Oscar and the Wolf music listening habit.

Obviously it was called “Oscar and the Wolf-radio” . As I was listening to it I came across some new names of bands and songs. I started to make a new playlist and coined it ‘Wolf Radio’ . Before I knew it I had a pretty nice listing of new unknown music.


Then something funny happened as I heard a cover of a Bowie favourite of mine. As I went through the list of songs I was struck by a number of titles that seemed to have a title that in a way connected to either the previous song or the next one.

That combined with the lyrics that I was listening to I thought I could make up a story by just placing the titles of the song in a particular sequence. If you listen to the songs, the titles and the lyrics you too can make your own story line.

You can find the public play list called Connecting Title Radio here. Hope you enjoy it as you listen to it and make your own images and reflections. Let me know what you think of it.

How to Become an ‘Automatic Millionaire’

How many of these books are out there? And for sure I want a ‘rich’ life and plan the finish. Not the other way round…. 😉

In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose interviews David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich . Bach’s father was an investor, and Bach himself started learning the finance world at a very young age.

Source: How to Become an ‘Automatic Millionaire’

Mount-Royal Kiosks / Atelier Urban Face #afterthestorm

Look beyond first impressions, pt 2


..a beautiful little house a day…

This morning after getting up early I am reading my feedly and I did start again at Architecture at the top of the list.

Sorry for that. But again try to look beyond the first impression. Because when you look at these pictures at first it might not seem so special. But take a closer look.

And suddenly you see that they are not straight. Actually the one on the right seems to be hit by yesterday’s storm. It struck me this morning while I was looking  through the list of options to post about.

And that obscure detail in the picture just suddenly hit me. And I started writing about it.

Because changing habits is a daily challenge.

Work on it, day by day.

Week after week. Month after month.

And somewhere along the line you will find that you became that person you wanted to be.

So I took out my keyboard and started typing, because that is what I wanted to do.

Find your ‘keyboard’ and start ‘typing’…


© Fany Ducharme Architects: Atelier Urban Face Location: Mount Royal Park, 1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada Team: Sylvie Perrault, Pierre Morency, Geneviève Bouthillier-Martel, Émilie Fortier and Éloize Cotnoir Area: 45.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs: Fany Ducharme , Sylvain Legault , Normand Rajotte Collaborators: CPF Groupe conseil; Pascal Fortin and Patrick Coutu, Moise Saban Consultants; Moise Saban.

Source: Mount-Royal Kiosks / Atelier Urban Face

Part 2 has arrived #Murakami

I just picked up my copy of part II of ‘Killing Commendatore’ . I wrote about part I here.

I had a voucher to pick it up. So as I approached the cashier we had some small-talk about it and how she would have to scan the voucher in the cash register.

What followed seemed like a conversation straight out of the book.

‘Would you like a bookmark to go with that?, the cashier asked me.

´Here is one with a cat on it.’

‘Considering the writer, that would be appropriate’, I replied in an unusual sense of wittiness.

‘Are there no cats in there then?’ , she said.

‘I haven’t seen one up till now, but I will be sure to let you know when I do.’

As I walked towards the exit I had a big smile on my face…