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About thetorzorean

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

Misty Yellow Morning at Rosetta McClain Gardens

Rosetta McClain Gardens by Lake Ontario on a very foggy and humid August morning:

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When is a Lake an Ocean?

Lake Ontario, view from Warden Beach I am drawn to water, which most people find normal given that I grew up a few kilometers in-land from the Atlantic Ocean. But the truth is that I did not even learn how … Continue reading

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Adelaide Freitas: From the Azores to North America

Many years ago, when I was trying to understand my Azorean identity, I came upon Adelaide Freitas. I had walked into Livraria Gil, an old bookstore in Ponta Delgada, like a detective following a lead, searching for books that could … Continue reading

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Adelaide Freitas: Dos Açores à América do Norte

Há muitos anos, quando procurava a minha identidade açoriana, descobri Adelaide Freitas. Tinha entrado no Gil, aquela livraria antiga de Ponta Delgada, como se fosse um detective a perseguir uma pista, à procura de livros que me pudessem ajudar a … Continue reading

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A Time to Retire

  “To everything there is a season,  A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3: 1 NKJV And so, the time has come to let go of a significant part of my life – one that has given me purpose, identity, fulfillment, … Continue reading

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Spring Comes to Rosetta McClain Gardens…Without Words

Sem palavras…

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Toronto’s Reluctant Spring

The first month of spring was not spring at all; winter stubbornly refused to leave and became the unwelcomed guest who stays too long at the party. We have endured the weather politely and patiently, as Torontonians are prone to … Continue reading

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