Traditions … to die for

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Tradition, inter-alia, as … an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs …. I fondly recall the tradition of “Jhoote Maaiyyaan” (also “Jhoote Maattey”) prevalent in Punjabi (and no doubt, other) families.  “Jhoote” is an expression loosely defining the act of providing a …

Thanksgiving

Maarsii.  Nakurmiik.  Miigwech.  Thank you.  Merci.  Dhanyavad.  Shukriya.  Shukran.  Danke.  Tashakkor.  Asante.  Na gode. Most languages and local dialects the world over have an expression for “thanks”.  Saying “Thank you” or “Thanks” is now almost intuitive, whether to a service provider, a friend or family member offering something or to a stranger helping us through …

Hibernating

This continues to be a unique summer.  Different.  Devoid of the usual activities, for the most part.  Not enough barbecues with family and friends.  No quick trips to the Beer store or the LCBO.  No jaunts and hikes out on the neighbouring trails, parks and conservation areas.  Golf, anyone?  Eyeing passers-by with trepidation on the …