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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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I No Longer Like Chocolates: Or, the Bittersweetness of When Immigrant’s Dreams become Reality

       Provincetown, USA The Azorean writer Álamo Oliveira, from the island of Terceira, wrote the seminal novel, “Já não gosto de Chocolates,” published in 1999, out of print for a while, but now back to the reading public … Continue reading

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Being Through Words

House in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA My parents brought me to Canada when I was nine, and I have lived in Toronto ever since. But those first nine years of my life in São Miguel, in Portugal’s Azores islands, remain a … Continue reading

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A Splash of Winter Snow in Early March

 Old Vic building, Victoria University, Toronto The snow came back yesterday to remind us that winter in Toronto is not yet over. I could not resist but take the time to walk around the campus where I work and capture … Continue reading

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Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey: A Reader’s Response

“Tourada à corda” in Terceira Island, Azores   I overheard a conversation between a father, his wife and daughter while at lunch at Le Petit Château in Quebec City the other day. “What are you planning to do this afternoon?” … Continue reading

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The Guest who refuses to be polite – My first impressions on Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey: Essays on Identity, Language and Writing Culture

I’m hanging out with paulo da costa these days. On the crowded subway ride to work in the morning and again in the evening on the way home I listen to him; those around me don’t. But I prefer listening … Continue reading

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Presépio

Presépio by Diniz Cabral Each time I travel to Ponta Delgada, I look forward to stopping at the Mercado da Graça to visit Sr. Diniz Cabral in his small shop along a row of merchants who sell souvenirs to tourists. … Continue reading

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