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About thetorzorean

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

Grand Manan is an island on the Canadian side of the Atlantic

Anchorage Provincial Park, Grand Manan Last summer, we drove from Toronto all the way to the Province of New Brunswick where we took a big car ferry across to the island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy. We … Continue reading

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Avós: Raízes e Nós – A new Anthology

I am honoured to have a short piece of writing included in a new anthology, Avós: Raízes e Nós. I extend my gratitude and thanks to the wonderful organizers of this project, Aida Baptista, Ilda Januário, Manuela Marujo, who continue … Continue reading

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Smiling in the Darkness: Adelaide Freitas in English

Smiling in the Darkness by (Adelaide Freitas 1949- 2018, Sorriso por dentro da Noite), published by Tagus UMASS Press, is a beautifully-written, lyrical story of an Azorean family’s journey of immigration to North America. Through Xana, the 12-year-old girl protagonist … Continue reading

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June Light in the Garden

I like to photograph the quality of light that floods the garden during the month of June. I follow June light as it moves over my garden; playful caresses that illuminate flowers and plants. I click the camera’s release button … Continue reading

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The Peony: Unforgettable Ephemeral Beauty

The Peony: Unforgettable Ephemeral Beauty Peonies visit the garden each June. They blossom for a short while, filling the garden with a quiet beauty that although understated, lasts in memory well beyond the short weeks they live. As I write … Continue reading

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Reading My June Garden

There are gardeners who see their gardens as works of art, paintings by nature that keep changing with each season, each day even, depending on the weather, light, and disposition of each plant and flower. Although I like to photograph my … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Bairro da Graça

View of the Panteão Nacional cupola During my visit to Lisbon, I stayed in Bairro da Graça, on Largo de Santa Marinha, with a view of São Vicente de Fora from outside the door of the small apartment I rented. Hearing … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Azulejos

The azulejos I was compelled to photograph on my walks around Lisbon are the ones that made me feel a tender sadness upon seeing their brokenness. I sensed that they were already fragments of a goneby era, on their way … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Trams

Although walking is the best way to really experience Lisbon, on my last visit I took trams as much as I could, just for the pleasure of it.

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Feira da Ladra

Can you spot me among the treasures of this shop? Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s famous flea market, open on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Campo de Santa Clara, is always worth exploring. You never know what treasures you will find there, … Continue reading

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