Float Your Fanny down the Ganny

Back in 1980 the town of Port Hope on the shores of Lake Ontario suffered a devastating flood when the Ganaraska river swollen by pitched rains rampaged through town. And ever since the townspeople have been celebrating the recovery with a little crazy defiance – its known as Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny. The…

World Synchronized Skating Championships

Canada’s Bronze Medal Synchronized Skating team Did you know that the 2007 World Synchronized Skating Championships took place in Canada. Yep, at London’s John Labbatt’s arena from March 30th to April 1st. And did you know that Canada’s Nexxice team took the Bronze medal ? You might – because CBC TV showed the event on…

Intimations of Spring

Before the Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival and well after the GroundHog’s Day tom-foolery, in the nether world between times comes Intimations of Spring. Here in picture, prose and poetry is that time in the Northumberland Hills of Eastern Ontario. Intimations of Spring Lost in thought the winds crack a tree a branch shudders, swooning cracks…

Baseball’s Agony

Baseball is a sport of rhythms and routine; something that once you play it , it definitely stays in your veins. And if you watch Baseball enough, the rightstuff also seeps in to your bloodstream and consciousness. Out in Calgary Alberta, one of my favorite pastimes was to sneak out to Foothill’s Park right next…

Northumberland Winter

All through December and the first half of January I was gearing up psychologically and physically to do battle with Winter. But Winter was feinting – some cool nights, and a little snow but then followed by those Glow in the Night and “it must be Global Warming” days of early January. In short it…

Unabashed Plug for our New Website

Our sister website, Bookraft.com is now featuring a blog devoted to solving various Crossword and other Word Puzzles.. Puzzlin’Craft is the blog and it has a variety of crossword, anagram, pun and other word-crafty puzzles. But even better the Puzzlin pages features fabulous prizes of Bookraft Bookmarks for the first 3 to solve our Word…

Toronto’s Santa Parade

Every year for over 100 years, Toronto has a Santa Clause parade. And it is no small affair that starts at Bloor and Christie streets and wends its way all through downtown Toronto to Front and Church – a good 10 kilometer hike through the “Queen City”. Such a parade needs a little help and…

NHH Choir

Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital has a choir that entertains themselves as much as the patients in the Complex Care Unit at the Hospital among other wards. Now that is a very good thing because the enthusiasm and joy that choir brings to its music and singing easily communicates across to the patients. One sees toe…

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Fest

For the past ten years I have been fairly consistently attending the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Fest at Mike Sprung’s place in Toronto. It is a Fall ritual that has taken on a more nuanced meaning as everybody gets closer to the John Henry line: “another year older and deeper in debt – St. Peter don’t…

Northumberland’s Kids Choose Ignorance as Bliss

Our contest inviting 10 to 15 years old from Ontario’s Northumberland County to write a review of their favorite book, magazine, song or movie ended this past week in ignomy. There were only three entries – and of those only one was complete. This despite the fact that the contest with its prize of $50…

Tennessee Colors in Eastern Ontario

I have a Flickr friend in the South, Rosanne Awbrey. She lives in Nashville TE USA and she has been getting some smashing colors this Fall – but being spare about putting them up on her gallery site. Sort of teasing us lesser leaf luminaries. So I have had to lament the colors in the…

The Empty Football Field

Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Football Field Why is this blurry picture of the football field at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School at the corner of Bloor and Dundas streets in Toronto that important ? Well because the field is not empty. However, for most of the past 9 years that I have lived and watched…