Photo Diary: Cherry Blossoms Bloom at High Park

 

 

We’ve been lucky that the last few days in Toronto and had beautiful Spring weather – clear skies, sun and warm weather.  Yesterday I took advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and went to High Park to see the Cherry Blossoms.

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Books to Read to Survive the beginning of the Trump Years

It’s been a week since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States & shit has been bad.  Really bad.

I know a lot of you have been emotionally exhausted by this week. If your not writing emails to your MP, Congressman or Senator, your protesting. Or your comforting family or friends. Or like me, your turning off the news & doing something else. If you feel like you need a rest & like to read, I have some books to recommend.

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Noah Pascoe, How to write a good song

Noah Pascoe is a talented musician who released his debut solo album ‘There Goes My Head’ last year.  He is one of those unique people who can inspire others. He is authentically supportive of other’s success, grateful of everyone who supports him & has worked hard to accomplish his artistic goals.  After embarking on a path of change & self-discovery,  Noah found his equilibrium & success in 2016.  He isn’t famous (yet), has a day job (albeit an awesome one), but Noah is living a life of meaning.  One in which he creates that what he loves.  

Read the full interview & see exclusive new content from Pascoewood 2016 below. 

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Toronto’s Leonard Cohen Tribute

I developed an appreciation for Leonard Cohen in my teens.  I hadn’t noticed the music of Leonard Cohen in my house earlier, but when my dad bought the album The Future I couldn’t get enough of it.  I am pretty sure I took the album hostage for years.

For me, the death of Leonard Cohen was very personal.  When I found out that Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, a none-traditional open choir group, was putting on a Tribute to Leonard Cohen at Christie Pits park on November 16th, I knew I was going.  It was meant to be.

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I can’t with this US Election anymore

After a year of the US Presidential campaign .. I just don’t care anymore.   The year-long SNL skit of modern US politics was amusing for a few minutes, but the absurdity of a man with a comb over, who went bankrupt x amount  (I am too exhausted to look it up) of times & is best known for firing people on a reality TV show becoming president of a country is just .. absurd.

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Saw my first GOP Convention & as a Canadian, I have questions

On Thursday July 20th, 2016 I watched my first Republican National Convention.  I had to witness Donald Trump’s, probably, historic speech.   I am not sure what I expected, but not what I saw.  I have never witnessed such a euphoric response to a fear-mongering, hate filled speech.   It was shocking to hear the contents of the speech .. but more shocking to see the response.   It is hard to believe that anything really, really bad will happen IF .. but I’m probably not the first person to say that in the history of humanity. 

Having said that, I do have some questions after consuming some of the other speeches from the convention in recent days.   Some are serious, others are in jest.  I can’t help but try to find the humour in such situations so read & answer in the comment section. 

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Opening the Orwellian Pandora Box

I have been trying to figure out which sci-fi movie plot centred around the bad guys stealing all powerful encryption key to destroy free civilization since I heard about the FBI’s move to force Apple to provide a master key to de-crypt iPhone data,  but have drawn a blank.  I guess it doesn’t really matter as I can take my pick right.

In case you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a quick summary of what is going on before I go into why this is a nightmare of Orwellian proportions.

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