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 […]

Great art program for young children

1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves today, 4 leaves, 5 leaves, Blow them all away! Count this rhyme out on your fingers Substitute leaves for worries and blow them all away! You may find the children are spending more time indoors now that fall is upon us and looking for things to do, especially the […]

Special place but the need for generosity remains

I moved to the Beach just two months ago to serve as priest at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, while my husband serves Grace Anglican Church in Scarborough. We moved here from Victoria, BC, but prior to that we had lived for 17 years in Guelph, so Toronto was not unknown to us. But the Beach […]

You can never get rid of the curse of the beagle

Halloween ain’t over, Rover! It’s time to do the Monster Mash at the Beagle Bash! Just when you thought it was safe to answer your door now that the ghosts and goblins have disappeared until next year, there’s a monster on the loose! He’s a one-eyed, one-tailed, flyin’ purple tennis-ball eater and he’s determined to […]