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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at

At Seventeen

My 1970’s platform shoes   When I was seventeen, I fell in love for the first time.  Four decades later, the memory of that experience remains with me as an all-pervasive deep loss and persistent dull pain that keeps me … Continue reading

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William Vitória’s MAR

The short film, Mar (2017), by the young Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker, William Vitória, is a brilliant and complex meditation on the meaning of love and the dark, monstrous primitive emotions we are all capable of acting upon. Mar opens with a … Continue reading

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O MAR de William Vitória

A curta-metragem, “Mar” (2017), do jovem realizador luso-canadiano, William Vitória, é uma meditação complexa sobre o significado do amor e das emoções primitivas que cada um de nós tem dentro de si. “Mar” começa com a vista deslumbrante do mar … Continue reading

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Oka is more than a Cheese

If only I could return to the days when God was my guardian, when his fire blazed above me and guided me through the dark – to the days when I was in blossom and God was a hedge around … Continue reading

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Visiting My Self in the Museu da Emigração Açoriana

It’s been two years since I visited the Museu da Emigração Açoriana in the town of Ribeira Grande, on the island of São Miguel, in the Azores. But I haven’t forgotten how that visit made me feel and what emotions … Continue reading

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A Walk Through the York Regional Forest

About a 45-minute drive northeast of Toronto you will be able to experience the York Regional Forest’s vast network of meandering trails and streams. You can go there for long walks, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling and, above all, rest … Continue reading

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A Memory of Yellow

Summer has officially ended in Toronto, but the summer-long yellow flowers at Rosetta McClain Gardens remain, stubbornly clinging to their beauty in exaggerated movement and ebbing life, ignoring the signs in the cooler air that politely hint to them that … Continue reading

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