Archive for October, 2011

From Toronto to Right “Out of Africa”

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

In 1926, if only Baroness Karen von Blixen/Isak Dinesen, the famous Danish author of “Out of Africa” had a Blackberry, she would have been spared the endless yearning for Denys Finch Hatton, her English big game hunter while he was away on safari.

Well, I have to admit I had stolen a scene right out of the Baroness’ book this weekend. After chatting with my squash-mate at the pub, I discovered he was from Lusaka (Zambia) where I had fallen in love 25 years ago with One Lost Love. Within moments, we confirmed that he not only knew One Lost Love but also called him “Uncle”!

Gob-smacked, I grabbed my Blackberry and pinged One LL. It was morning there, a 6 hour time difference. We laughed at our good fortune and marvelled at how fate (and a little bit of Blackberry magic) had suddenly brought us back to a place and time over 25 years ago.

How could this possibly have happened? After a few drinks, the answer became clear. It had nothing to do with the power of love because ours was a lost love but it had to do with the power of our love for squash. Seriously, One LL had a squash court at home.

So as I walked home that evening, I thought of Baroness von Blixen who wrote:
“To be lonely is a state of mind, something completely other than physical solitude; when modern authors rant about the soul’s intolerable loneliness, it is only proof of their own intolerable emptiness.” – Out of Africa, 1937


“Life is short, art is long.”

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Agapanthus Monet 1914-26

I recently noticed Claude Monet’s quote on my iTouch when I was at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC late September.

Around the same time, I read Elaine Sciolino’s article in the NYT’s Style Magazine about “Lumiere – The Louvre Less Traveled”. And I nodded in agreement that there was more to the Louvre than the 3 most popular visited works of Mona, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and Venus de Milo.

She wrote “What about Michelangelo’s two marble nude Slaves…? The Dying Slave is beautiful, smooth-skinned, and young…; he seems to be in a deep slumber rather than on the verge of death. The Rebellious Slave is heavier, rougher, and tormented. They exude such raw eroticism, you feel as if you should turn away.”

She’s absolutely right as I managed to capture the two slaves in the Spring!

The Dying Slave-Michelangelo

The Rebellious Slave-Michelangelo


Love, Naturally

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Love Naturally

Big news! When I met My Good Friend’s new girlfriend, I just KNEW they were meant to be together. Love is like that – simple, straightforwad, and easy to spot!

He’s extremely creative and cool, My Good Friend. He doesn’t do things in half measures. So when he proposed to her, he had strung Christmas lights in his parents’ backyard and convinced her to climb with him up this special tree. Seriously, who else would get down on one knee while dangling from a tree? Oh and by the way, did I happen to mention that MGF stands 6’5″ tall?

Their happy announcement made me stop in my tracks. So nice to be reminded that THE REAL DEAL does exist and that love still makes the world go around!

Naughty Ninja Seeks One Knight in YYZ

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Brought to you by our Head Ghostwriter for Love @ No Loves Lost:

Ninjas can appear out of thin air – at a snap of a finger, a flick of a wrist, a turn of a head. This Naughty Nija is fearless, feisty, and funny! Small but mighty, a skillful map-reader with super X-ray vision, I’ve navigated many passages from Ayers Rock to Zanzibar!

Mindful of my mystical powers, I tiptoe through the concrete jungle, eluding the Bay Stret Boys. Instead I hope to find my One Knight, confident, clever, and somewhat kooky. You stand tall, fit, and can finish a NYT’s crossword in a flash!

I am searching for One Remarkable Knight, not necessarily so shiny but you must be the tall tin man with heart, courage, and a brain! Are you still in OZ or have you found your way to me in YYZ?
© No Loves Lost 2011

Deemed Essential Reading….in 1740!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

This rare book which is entitled “The Lady’s Companion: or, an Infallible Guide to the Fair Sex” is one of the first self-help books in Britain. Their target audience? They claim “virgins, wives, or widows”. According to The Daily Telegraph, this book was written “to help women resist life’s temptations” and will be auctioned off this month!

Here are a few “pearls of wisdom” to ponder:

a. She that listens to wanton discourse has violated her ears.
b. An old maid is now thought a curse.
c. And my favourite which left me speechless – Do not look lusty men in the eye, because “one careless glance gives more advantage than a hundred words.”

Going once, going twice…..I’ll stick to modern-day Roy Lichtenstein’s advice!


Angel Mine

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Hank Williams’, the “Monumental Musician’s” soon-to-be released lyrics as “The Lost Notebooks” October 4, 2011 on Bob Dylan’s label, “Egyptian Records”, wrote on January 5, 1951:

“God must have know that I was lonely
and no contentment could I find
for one day right out of heaven
he sent me you, Angel mine.
Now my heart always singing
a song of love as divine
It will end again the sorrow
since I’ve found you, Angel mine.
I could never tell the world dear
of your love so true and kind
and how thankful I am for you
you are my life, Angel mine.
I just want to live and love you
I’ll always be your clinging vine
for there could never be another
as sweet as you, Angel mine.”

and about “The Love That Faded”:
“Vows that we made turned into lies/My life is empty, my lonely heart cries”