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

A Walk in Rosetta McClain Gardens after a Snowstorm

After the snowstorm ended, I bundled up in my warmest parka and Sorel snow boots, and went for the long walk from home to Rosetta McClain Gardens. The side streets had not been cleared yet, and I stepped deeply into … Continue reading

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A Winter Storm in Toronto

Snow has fallen steadily in Toronto since yesterday, up to 22 centimeters or more overnight, and this morning, it’s chaos for drivers and commuters alike, so I see on TV news. Luckily, I can stay home and watch the winter … Continue reading

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A Winter Minstrel’s Musical Interlude

I heard music and when I followed the chords I saw a minstrel serenading Lake Ontario from Harding Parkette, in Birch Cliff, Toronto. I did not want to intrude on this private communion between nature and the guitar player, but … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm

This January’s weather in Toronto has been mostly full of either dry, dull, grey, or rainy days, with rare cameo appearances by the sun, reminding me of the Azores and England at this time of the year. There have only … Continue reading

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Christmas Light/Luz de Natal

Here it is again. Christmas time. A time of joy, a time of sorrow. It all depends on what Christmas means to you. Do you even celebrate it? Do you wish it never came? Or do you look forward to … Continue reading

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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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