Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills’ Oxbow Trail

Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills' Oxbow Trail
While, I’ve visited Toronto’s Todmorden Mills in the Don Valley many times in the past 4 years, it’s only recently that I’ve found a new unmarked trail to get down there a few minutes from my place (between 980 Broadview Avenue & 1000 Broadview Avenue). And the 1/2 km Oxbow Trail on the grounds also has a ...

It’s all possible, no reminder needed

It's all possible, no reminder needed
A couple years ago I had written about some graffiti I was seeing in a bunch of places.  It’s “Tout est possible,” meaning “Anything is possible” or “Everything is possible” — depending on how you want to translate it from French. I’ve been reading The Moth – which is a book of 50 true life stories ...

Sunday sight: Twin baby pandas

Sunday sight: Twin baby pandas
Canada’s first panda cubs are still a star attraction at the Toronto Zoo. Jia Panpan (male) & Jia Yueyue (female) mean Canadian hope & Canadian joy respectively. Don’t know which is which. They are over a year old now. It took about 45 mins in line to see them.

Sunday sight: Summer of Will Power

Sunday sight: Summer of Will Power
Headed out to Indy Toronto last weekend. Not quite as loud as NASCAR, although ear plugs are great to have handy.  We enjoyed a gorgeous day, with a beautiful view panoramic view of the city. Driver Will Power – who is apparently on fire right now – took home the title. ​​

#ROMink

#ROMink
“Marking the skin places people in relationships that are social, political and cosmological.” Until September, the Royal Ontario Museum is showing TATTOOS. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Unlike My Story. My Tattoo. in Guelph, ON, this exhibit really was a history lesson (5000 years in the making) on body ink. Read more stories ‘Behind the ink.’

Sunday sight: Brassaii

Sunday sight: Brassaii
Met a friend for brunch today at Brassaii. In the almost 5 years I’ve lived in Toronto, we’ve been there for everything from dancing to breakfast. Hadn’t been there in a while and I always forget about the its view of the CN Tower, which is just beautiful day or night.    But it was ...

My refugee experience

My refugee experience
On a Friday this summer, I received a phone call that set off a chain of unexpected events. A refugee from Iran was arriving the following Wednesday and needed a home. “Why not?” I thought. I’d sort of forgotten that I had volunteered – almost a year back, should the need arise – with a ...

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs
One of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever experienced in Toronto was the Scarborough Bluffs. Headed back out there this fall for the second time. The view is absolutely breathtaking because you’re so high up on the sand cliffs. This is south of Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough, ON.

Your personality must match your city

Your personality must match your city
Yesterday was exactly four years since I moved to Toronto from Edmonton. Traditional gifts for four year anniversaries are fruit, flowers, linens or silk depending on where you’re from. Instead this week I got a family of raccoons (a mama and three newborn babies moved into a spare bedroom). Fortunately after I called backup, we had them safely evicted ...

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures
I’ve been wanting to go back to this stream for a while. Found just off Avoca and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, it’s especially beautiful near the water after a snowfall because the banks make it challenging for people to get down to it. A couple dogs made it down effortless though across the water shortly after ...