Three Random Thoughts – #5 Elephants, Memories, Deloreans

Thank you and Welcome to another post in the Three Random Thoughts category. Forgive me since today I was a bit verbose.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy each section and take a moment to add your comments or thoughts for discussion. – David


A fun, charming and insightful book is this one from Alexander McCall Smith; another one that makes me chuckle out loud. I am reading page 124, halfway. It has already won my appreciation.

All these in the series are light reading, and enjoyable characters; nothing that will cause you to dream unless it is Mma Potokwane’s cherry cake. Don’t worry, she baked three and she will eat some with you and give you seconds. ♥

The main character is Mma Ramotswe who shares her understanding of life with simple truths, and her insights warm my heart and tickle my funny bone.

This is possibly the latest of the author’s “The New No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Series” – any of which I recommend.

Mma Ramotswe is a wise and charming “traditionally built” Botwana woman whose common sense and insights are uncommon.

Who doesn’t need a smile to perk up the corner of your mouth when you are reading – see if this book is available at your library.

It was not a complicated thing, kindness — we all knew how to be kind, and we all recognized it when we came across it.”– quote from How To Raise An Elephant


There are places I’ll remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain

In My Life – The Beatles

Nearly 30 years ago I owned a house in the city of Ladner, south of Vancouver BC. I have never forgotten the joy of coming down the stairs in the morning.

The front door had inserts of glass that I will describe as crystal-like. The front door faced east and the morning sun lit up the main floor with rainbows wall-to-wall-to-wall.

Sunny mornings when I came down the stairs I was positively affected by the sunlight and rainbows.

When the light shone through, it created beautiful colours, and it was so cheerful.

No wonder that I have never lost that memory of coming down the stairs.

I would say the same for certain people. Certain people are rainbow givers. These are the people you can close your eyes and see their faces, hear their voices, and they are unforgettable.

The rainbow on the walls I saw is like the lift those rainbow givers give your spirit when you spend time with them or maybe even think of them.

The Beatles – In My Life – Youtube video 2:35 – Watch Here


My walks this winter meant my head was covered by a toque, and and my hands wearing mittens. Sometimes though I took pictures and listened this winter to podcasts.

I was listening to podcasts from CBC. There are two podcasts I have recommended to friends – sure bets. Don’t miss out on these two.

An old friend is how I think of “Under The Influence: Interesting stories, and trivia. I always learn something and am entertained.

 It premiered on January 7, 2012 on CBC Radio One and currently has over a million radio listeners per week as well as over 25 million podcast downloads.

I have discovered a new podcast which I am excited to share about called: We regret to Inform You. Fascinating stories about people you know.

Podcast description:

The fascinating stories of successful people who triumphed over debilitating career rejection.

And the insights those rejections provide.’

But it is their stories of rejection that are interesting, really amazing. Stories where over and over, dozens of times even they are rejected. After all those rejections all of them doubted themselves but still tried. Now they are household names.

Rejection – it was the best thing to happen, ask Lady Gaga! or Katy Perry! or Sara Blakely! Link is here.


You might like this Rejection Podcast: Rejecting Back To The Future

Click the blue here to check it out. ♥Back To The Future sits proudly in the Library of Congress National Film Registry as a work of enduring importance to American culture.

But nearly 40 years ago when Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis first wrote the script, it was rejected. 40 times. Join us this week at the Twin Pines Mall as we tell the film’s incredible story. From being told by studios it was “too sweet” for the rebellious ‘80s youth to becoming a billion dollar franchise.

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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14 Responses to Three Random Thoughts – #5 Elephants, Memories, Deloreans

  1. Darlene says:

    I love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency stories!! Is this the newest one? I have met Mr. McCall Smith and he is as charming and witty in person as are his stories.

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  2. Hi David,
    I love everything about this post!
    Nothing is failure and rejection – they are all opportunities, and life sending us in a new direction.
    Great job! Blessings to you! ♥♥

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  3. lghiggins says:

    All interesting, but I especially love the idea of “rainbow givers.” We should all aspire to be a rainbow giver–someone who can brighten up everyone’s day!


  4. Great post, Dave! I’m also a fan of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency stories, although I’ve only read a couple. You’ve reminded me to look them up again. Funny you mentioned Ladner, as my daughter and son-in-law live there, and it’s likely we’ll be moving closer to theme when we downsize. I really like Ladner! Who knows exactly which part we’ll end up living in, but I’m looking forward to the future. And thanks for the podcast recommendations. They sound terrific!


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