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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at https://thetorzorean.com/

Photographing My Summer Garden

I was born in Sr. Borge’s house, on rua da Arquinha, in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Açores. I lived there until the age of two, so it’s not probable that I remember its orchard of banana trees (bananeiras), figs trees … Continue reading

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Drawing My Summer Garden

My Summer Garden © Emanuel Melo In summer, I like to fill my sketchbook with pastel pencil drawings of my garden. I have kept a child-like quality to my drawings. It’s as if, when I move the pencil on the … Continue reading

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Looking for Azulejos in Toronto’s West End

The house where I lived in Ponta Delgada, showing an azulejo of Senhor Santo Cristo I meander up and down the streets of Toronto’s west-end neighbourhoods, where many Portuguese came to settle decades ago, and I look for signs that … Continue reading

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Fio de Ternura

Joaquina Pires has brought her 2017 exhibit, Fil de Tendresse/Fio de Ternura/Thread of Tenderness, from Montreal to Toronto, where it opened on Thursday, June 6, at the Peach Gallery to a room full of people, young and old, who came … Continue reading

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Agustina Bessa-Luís 1922-2019

Foto da Agustina Bessa-Luís que tirei quando estive em sua casa no Porto em 1984. Hoje, dia 3 de junho, morreu a grande escritora portuguesa, Agustina Bessa-Luís. Desde o dia em que ela acolheu-me em sua casa, com um sorriso nos … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres in Toronto

Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo at St. Mary’s Church in Toronto, May 26, 2019 I had planned on going to the Azores this year to once again attend the Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres,  but circumstances changed and, … Continue reading

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Rosetta’s Spring Awakening

After a very slow spring awakening, with daily temperatures mostly below-average for the season, there are now signs of plant life surfacing in Rosetta Gardens. The daffodils and tulips are the first to make their appearance, followed by other plants … Continue reading

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