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Whimsical Dreams of Christmas Gingerbread Magic
Christmas / Food / Travel / Winter Vacation

Whimsical Dreams of Christmas Gingerbread Magic

Whenever snow falls near Christmas, any serious thoughts vapourize into child-like dreams of fun, sugar plums, sleigh bells and lovely baked pastries with hot chocolate. I like soft Christmas cookies with different spices, less sugar but more delicate in taste . Gingerbread cookies are cute, but do not stoke my sweet tooth. To me, gingerbread houses and … Continue reading

Escaping Slavery into Ontario: Underground Railroad Spawned Afro-Canadian Communities
Art / Culture / Travel

Escaping Slavery into Ontario: Underground Railroad Spawned Afro-Canadian Communities

As a 12 year-old, I launched my understanding of the 1960’s civil rights movement with the Civil War, the slave aboltionists and  Harriet Tubman.  She was an Afro-American former slave who helped some slaves escape to Canada by using the Underground Railroad, a loose network of people who guided  30,000 escapees secretly northward. I had heard of the … Continue reading

Cycling Greenways – Umbilical Cord to My Past Neighbourhoods:  Prairies, West Coast and Ontario
Art / Cycling / Garden / Travel

Cycling Greenways – Umbilical Cord to My Past Neighbourhoods: Prairies, West Coast and Ontario

A  long bike route near home, joins my memories like a green umbilical cord, to places where I’ve lived and biked in Canada for the past 22 years.  My green route curls and unwinds in Toronto, Vancouver and now, Calgary.  To know, and to memorize each twist, bump, hill and breathless plateau of a bike path at my doorstep, … Continue reading

Are You a Couch Foodie, Garden Foodie or Stove-Top Foodie?
Culture / European Trip 2010 / Food / Travel

Are You a Couch Foodie, Garden Foodie or Stove-Top Foodie?

Recently in a cycling forum, a question floated over the Internet: “Do you have a discerning palate?” That got me thinking about foodies, people who pride themselves as food connoisseurs, worldly arbitrators of food dishes from a dizzying array of cuisines. Just a Stove-Top Foodie: Homespun Knowledge I fancy myself as a foodie. Not a … Continue reading

Ice Sculptures:  Frozen, Ethereal Aspirations
Art / Culture / Travel / Winter Vacation

Ice Sculptures: Frozen, Ethereal Aspirations

A few weekends ago, we bused up to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, for their annual ice carving competition and some mountain snowshoeing. It is an international competition that’s been slowly gaining an ice crampon foothold with more intricate, arresting sculptures this year. After 14 km. of snowshoeing and straining a groin muscle, we … Continue reading