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Dreams of Cycling Customers: Bicycle Pasta, Bike-Inspired Menus and Window Dressing
Cycling / Food / Travel

Dreams of Cycling Customers: Bicycle Pasta, Bike-Inspired Menus and Window Dressing

On winter deep freeze days, when -29 C degree temperatures plunges down to -40 C* with winter chill, it’s easier to hunker down indoors and think about cycling. To justify procrastination, but still feed our cycling enthusiasm, I discovered tri-coloured bicycle pasta in a local Italian grocery store and café. We found this wonderful store in an … Continue reading

Blogging is Painting My Story Robe
Art / Blogging / Culture / Cycling / Food

Blogging is Painting My Story Robe

The Blackfoot Indians in the prairies passed on their history and collective memory through storytelling and in pictographs. Painted images on tanned buffalo leather hide are called story robes. Occasionally they painted stories on tipi covers, blankets and rocks too. Blogging is our 21st century painting and wearing our story robe. When I began blogging, … Continue reading

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