Joy Drop: Autumn is like a rainbow


I have stated that fall is unequivocally my favorite time of year. Falling leaves, fresh air and breathtaking views abound.

My friend and soccer teammate, Lisa Noga, posted a photo that I can’t stop staring at. He comes from his cabin in the Havelock-Belmont-Methuen region of Ontario. I asked her permission to use it and she was happy to share the beauty with all of us.

Bike buses

I saw a funny Instagram post about a teacher from Portland, Oregon, Sam Balto, who bikes with about 170 students every week. It’s called a Bike buses and they cycle in a massive group instead of taking the usual school bus. They learn about bike safety and environmental protections while exercising and learning about community safety. It’s a great program. A video, by NBC TODAY, said “the children floated together towards school in a wave of joy”. Well, there is nothing better than that.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in Toronto. For those of you who don’t know, he’s a global superstar and the movie’s new hero black adam. He made a surprise appearance at the Leafs’ home opener on Thursday night. And in the process, he created a new cheer – “Let’s Go Leafs!” instead of the usual “Go Leafs Go!”

The Rock, whose father is from Nova Scotia and lived in Toronto, knows Canada well. He played in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders for a short stint in 1995.

The Rock is a beloved actor and he hasn’t been shy about sharing his affinity with Toronto. Does Carlton the Bear have competition for the Leafs’ friendliest fan?

Another joy, we are nearly a month away from the Men’s World Cup in Qatar and it’s always nice to see one legend recognize another. That’s what our dear male star, Alphonso Davies, did when asked by GQ magazine who was Canada’s World Cup GOAT (greatest of all time). He readily stated that CANWNT captain Christine Sinclair is the GOAT. We like a humble and decent champion.

On a personal note, this week brought me extra joy as I reunited with my Burn It All Down team for a live show at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. I hadn’t seen my dear friends and co-hosts in person for over three years. Their Irish luck and our fire resulted in a fantastic event.

Of course, I did a TikTok.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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