Christine’s fantasy life as Jason Bourne

It’s hard as a mom, as your boys grow into men, to continue to be connected to them.  I have found that playing the same sports, or trying new things with them helps, which brings me to the story of my single day as Jason Bourne. To stay connected, I agree, from time to time, […]

Enjoy life now but plan for the future

Here’s a story to help inspire special Christmas memories for your family. Last year, I was flipping through an online catalogue when an idea for Christmas jumped to mind. The inspiration was a photo of an entire family wearing matching festive pyjamas – including the family dog! The scene sparked my imagination. I promptly clicked […]

Birding when the weather turns cold

The air is cooler and the leaves are falling, dropping bright colours on our sidewalks. The last minute birds, butterflies and hawks are flying south.  It’s time to wear your warm jackets, winter hats, and gloves to start looking for fall and winter birds. How can you help and enjoy the birds during the coming […]

Goin’ Down the Road – again

Back in 1969 there was no motion picture industry to speak of in Toronto, but a young director from the East End was determined to make a feature film on a shoestring budget. Donald Shebib even sold his car to help scrape up $27,000. Goin’ Down the Road (1970) became a landmark classic of Canadian […]

Enduring value of peace for the next generation

November 4th marks the rededication ceremony of the Malvern Collegiate Institute War Memorial.  This cenotaph bears the names of the 25 ‘Boys of Malvern’ – boys who graduated from this high school and went off to fight and die in the First World War. It is worth taking the time to read about the lives […]

Let’s give the snowball a chance to make peace

I am getting very nervous about this coming winter season. There was a time in these parts when every season had instantly recognizable characteristics. Summer was hot, fall was not, and spring was rainy. I am aware that winter did not make the short list and there is a reason for that. There was a […]

Celebrity-owned wineries

What does a movie star, professional athlete, iconic musician or other celebrity do when they are looking for something to do with all the money they’ve accumulated? They invest in a winery, of course. It’s not to say that many of those who do aren’t interested in wine, but it’s also an interesting way of […]

All wrapped up with goodness

Cooking in paper is fun, fancy and flavourful. The formal term for cooking in paper is cooking en papillote, and the paper is traditionally parchment paper readily available in supermarkets and food shops. Parchment is strong, heat-resistant and prevents food from sticking to it. In a pinch, aluminum foil can be substituted, but parchment definitely […]

Poppy not just beautiful flower

Thinking like a gardener, it’s odd that poppies are so prominent in November. Traditionally, the cold-loving chrysanthemum is November’s flower. Poppies belong to the month of August, the hot harvest-time. But, as most Canadians know, those sweet country customs changed in 1915. That’s the year John McCrae, poet-surgeon-soldier from Guelph, ON, wrote and published his […]