Have No Fear My Dear

I recently bought a copy of BUST magazine. It’s one of my fave’s. I was reading an interview with Joan Jett and one of the questions that was asked of her during the filming of The Runaways (Which I have yet to see) was if she had advice for women today. She had this to say:

You have no fear. Fear is the single most destructive emotion we have. Fear holds you back. Fear will stop you dead in your tracks. Have no fear, and go for it no matter what. Don’t let anyone stop you from your dream. Bottom line: Believe in yourself. There is nothing that you can’t do. It might take 35 years, but if you believe it in your heart, there is no way you can fail”. – Joan Jett

Thank you Joan Jett for your wise words. – Christina


Guilty About Girls

A couple of nights ago I went to see the band Guilty About Girls down at the Railway Club. The night started off with a quick bevy at the hip Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge and then off to the show. Guilty About Girls is singer, guitarist Jordy Birch (former singer of Pure) and Bassist, backing vocals, Mark R. Henning (former keyboardist of Pure). Together their sound is very upbeat, catchy and delicious. I’d say, Electronic meets traditional rock and roll. Again! It was hard to stay still in my seat so I grooved to the front of the stage and shook my tush. There was also a special and very delightful appearance on vocals by local fashion designer Isabella Dunlop (whom which I am a huge fan!!!) Their latest single, “Candy Candy” (Boutique Empire) has been rocking the airwaves and the boys just found out it is #50 on The Canadian Alternative Rock Charts and #8 on the Peak Charts. If you ever get a chance to see them please do. They are awesome. Way to go guys!! – Christina

A Hot Summer Night.

Eight 1/2.

Guilty About Girls.

Me just horsing around.



This is exactly what I had for breakfast this morning.  I don’t know if it’s wise BUT I gave it a go. “HOLY CRAP” is considered the world’s most amazing breakfast cereal. WOW! What a statement!  I got it down on Granville Island. It is made with All natural ingredients (no GMO): Organic chia, hulled hemp hearts, organic buckwheat, organic cranberries, organic raisins, apple bits, organic cinnamon. Directions say to just mix 2 tablespoons of your choice of milk. I opted for Rice Milk. Or sprinkle 1 tablespoon on yogurt, oatmeal or granola. Stir, wait 3-4 minutes…enjoy!

Just tried it and it is pretty darn good….Uh Oh! Gotta Go!  – Christina


Oldies But Goodies

About a year ago, a neighbor down the hall from me moved out and left her old record player with over 4 dozen records.  I kid you not!! Some of them were still in their package from the early 70’s. And to think she was just going to toss them in the garbagio. Golly gee! It must have been Kismet when I walked by and saw them there all alone, plopped on the floor of an empty apartment. I snatched  ALL of them up (very quickly) and am now the proud owner of this amazing collection of oldies but goodies. Not to mention a record player that is in excellent shape. I love records. They remind me of when I was just a wee little thing, and my parents would play “E.T” narrated by Michael Jackson during dinner time.  I also remember Roger Whitaker’s voice serenading us as I nonchalantly  tossed a pork chop underneath the kitchen table for my dog Terry to eat. Oh Terry. I still enjoy collecting Vintage records, they make a nice display piece when you just don’t feel like hanging another picture.  Sometimes when I’m alone, I throw a party for one. It doesn’t hurt to put on a little Barbara Streisand and belt out a tune now and then. Or getting my groove on to a little Saturday Night Fever. Who says who can’t turn your apartment into a disco? Now if I can only find a disco ball. Try it. I guarantee you it’s fun for one. Even two if your lucky! – Christina

Dinner time delight.

Christmas dinner with Roger.

A Few Of My Favorites From My Collection.

This one is placed atop the record player for guests to see.

Seriously find me a disco ball.

Great for marinating fish or your choice of meat dish.

If you can’t go to Hawaii, bring Hawaii to you.

When your feeling a bit secretive.

First Cut is the Deepest.

Any time. Any place….To listen to that is.

Ah yeah…Feeling lucky tonight!

A nice shot of whisky before bedtime.


Michael Franti – astic!

On Saturday night a couple of pals and I saw the fabulous Michael Franti and Spearhead at the VOGUE theatre. I’ve never seen him before, but have only heard amazing things about this energetic and talented musician. Indeed they were all true. He is considered one of the most positive and conscious musicians today captivating his audience with charm and  a very powerful stage presence.  With his socially inspired lyrics and Spearhead’s contageous mix of classic soul, funk and hip-hop it wasn’t a surprise to see everyone clapping, singing, and dancing around. He brought people up on stage letting them shake their booty and even made his way through the crowd offering high fives while serenading audience members along the way.  It was difficult for me to stand still…..Then again, I have a hard time standing still to begin with. And why would you stand still during a concert? DUH! Shake it! Move it! Groove it up! So,  If you ever have the chance to see him GO! You will without a doubt walk out feeling H-A-P-P-Y! One quick fact about Michael Franti : He used to be a basketball star before he was an artist.  Go figure!  I guessed that the minute he walk out on stage. Well he is over 6 feet tall so I think that was an easy guess. – Christina


The Soap Show

This Monday July 24, 2010 the naive and weird hostess/spoken word artist, Miss Halle Barry returns to The Soap Show” for Season 1 of “Jour du Jour’. I  had the pleasure of interviewing this odd little gem. Here are a few questions in our

Getting to Know You”  TOP 10.

Name: Halle Barry

Title: Hostess/Spoken Word Artists

Where: Jour du Jour

Romance Novel OR Judy Blume? Romance Novel(s)

1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? – Hemp seeds and cottage cheese plus 3 coffee’s. But I didn’t eat the coffee, I drank it. HA.Hahahahaaaaaahahhahahah.

2. Describe your perfect date. – He picks me up and we go back to his place.

3. That’s it? – That’s perfection.

4. I noticed you have a slight lisp. It’s very charming,  Talk about it. – I actually had a stroke when I was 6 years old. I woke up from a terrible nightmare and jolted my body somehow. The doctors still aren’t sure the cause but I think I was so scared that I pulled something that ultimately affected my speech patterns. I also stuck my tongue to a pole in the winter and had to pull it off. My tongue has never been the same. I think that may have contributed to it.  Then there was the time when I-

5. Alright. I think our readers get the point. Many people don’t know you are a spoken word artist aside from hosting duties . Are you working on a specific piece of spoken word? – As a matter of fact I am.  I started a piece on WOLVES. Here is a sneak peek:


You drown me with your cry furry beast. Die.

I just wrote that this morning after I got out of the bathtub.  A lot of my inspirations come from the bath.  I think it’s the water that gives me ideas or the fact that my cat Nikki passed away last week. She got killed by a wolf. I release a lot of tension through my writings.

6. Tell me about a typical day at “Jour du Jour”. – Hmmm well I show up to work and then they close it down due to health inspections. It actually has never really been open. So I usually dance around barefoot, practice my spoken words on my co-workers there, polish cutlery over and over again. Tons of things to do. Sometimes I just stare of in space. I love when I do that.

7. You share the same name with the famous actress, Halle Berry. Do people get you two confused? – Not at all. Her’s is pronounced Halle Berry (as in blueberry). Mine is pronounced Barry as in (ballet Bar.) The odd time people get mixed up but it’s no biggie.

8. Milk or Cream? Sheep.

9. What is something our readers don’t know about you? – I tend to dabble in witch craft….Oh…And I steal the odd thing. But only things that are under $5.00.

10. Tell us about your personal style? – Hmmmm I think it’s Boho chic meets Carni gal. You’d be surprised at how many treats you can win at the Carnival. It’s my favorite place….Well one of them.

Thank You Halle Berry. – Anytime. Tootaloo Bubaloo.

– Christina

Please check out the improvised soap show. Monday Nights at the Firehall Arts Center.


The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is one of my all time favorite childhood books. I brought it with me when I moved out West  a couple of years ago and I flip through it from time to time especially when I’m feeling nostalgic or blue. I tend to hold onto items that are very dear to me. No matter how far I am from home, they make all of my memories seem close to my heart. This book always gets me a bit misty eyed. It brings me back to my childhood days when I had nothing to worry about….O.k o.k I did worry about not having enough Cabbage Patch Kids but that’s all in the past. I think it’s important to reminisce about the past, read old diaries, look through photo albums and flip through childhood books. It brings you back to your roots and makes you appreciate where you came from and what you have. I think everyone should own a copy. – Christina