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This is a richly detailed blog on the Great War. I have actually met some of those veterans as a young child. As part of a school band, I sang WWI songs to them at nearby community centres and nursing homes. They were a gentle and appreciative group and enjoyed our young voices singing the songs they remembered decades ago.
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Hi Muriel: Thank you for your reply. I hope you're doing well in this cooler rainy weather of 2017. Simcoe Day will be drenched in precipitation but the long weekend is welcome as the last long weekend of the summer. I am glad this blog still holds, ahem, water after 3 years.
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Thank you, Ben, for your wonderful comment on this blog. I enjoyed writing this post and the family pictures were too good to pass up.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2017 on Cool Family Time at North York Central Library Blog
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Thank you, Ben, for visiting this page and adding your suggestion. We do have this as an ebook, http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=Nurturing+the+soul+of+your+family, and hopefully, people who come across this title will enjoy reading it.
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Thank you, Katherine, for your generous reply. I had fun creating this post. If you want to see more pictures like the ones shown here, click on each of the pictures--they link to more colourful images of similar style. Enjoy the season!
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Just over two weeks ago, Daylight Savings Time reverted back to Eastern Standard time. It is that time of year again when the skies turn grey and cool. In fact, there is a chill and gloom in the air as most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. To inspire you to embrace the cooler changes in weather and scenery, here are some images taken from Toronto Public Library on Pinterest to illuminate your spirits: Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Dear Diana: I am glad you enjoyed this post. It was lengthy at first but I cut the blog in half and the daredevil one was the first part. There is so much history to write about that I got carried away--literally as if on the fierce currents as did the bridge and many of the daredevils in the process.
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Dear Diana: Thank you for your comment and I agree. I don't like heights or dangerous stunts but then I did enjoy rolling down a steep hill on rollerblades and on a bike in my younger years. I do miss the Falls and haven't been there in a couple of years.
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Dear Bill V. Great blog with lots of colourful posters from our past. Here is another sister blog to yours that was posted on August 1st to remember Britain going into the First World War: http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/north-york-central-blog/2016/07/my-entry.html
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Dear Muriel: Thank you again for your positive feedback. It is amazing when I was researching this topic. I was astounded at the amount of history behind this remarkable place.
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Dear Muriel: Thank you so much for your reply. It is sad that poor Annie did not get the notoriety that she needed to fund her retirement. I believe she had her pickle barrel stolen at one point and that did not help matters. But still, at 63 years old, she had a whole lot of courage and luck on her side and she is still remembered today.
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ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR (1838-1921) Over a century ago today on October 24, 1901, a 63 year old teacher climbed into a wooden rowboat accompanied by two men with a half submerged pickle barrel in tow. Annie Edson Taylor decided that in order to procure more funds to ensure a healthy retirement, she had to perform an amazing act to draw attention to herself. The pickle barrel was fully insulated by a rolled-up mattress, a heart-shaped pillow, and possibly her cat for moral support. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Niagara Falls (1792-1885) Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by many people and from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in the landscape over time are preserved digitally courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Dear Lilian: Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. It looks to be an interesting title on this topic. I will check the link. We have now passed our 2016 Fall Equinox and looking forward to the Winter Solstice. For now, I am celebrating the changing colours of the leaves before the winter temperature drops down below zero. Take care, Ann
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It is great that we are providing more information on this brave and fantastic historical figure. Her diary is a treasure trove of wonderful information.
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This is a lovely blog featuring Scarborough from the perspective of Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe.
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Henry Hudson traveled on four voyages on three different ships to try to locate a trade route through the Northeast and Northwest Passage to the Orient, but he never made it to this final destination. Instead, Henry Hudson located trade routes through Canada and the United States. On his third voyage on September 12th in 1609, he sailed down a river that will be named after him, the Hudson River. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Thank you Muriel for this cheerful blog post! I think I stopped following James Bond since Pierce Brosnan was replaced by Daniel Craig. I will probably get back to it when Chris Hemsworth plays James Bond next. I am glad the Indiana Jones series was inspired by James Bond. Thank you, George Lucas for that and for including Sean Connery in the third movie.
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That was a wonderful travel through the past. I remember the Eaton store at Yonge and Queen Street West but from a young child's perspective looking up at the wooden bins and the colourful lush decor of the store.
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Hi Muriel: Thank you for this interesting blog. Someday I would love to attend the Stratford Festival and enjoy a Shakespearean play. I would probably like see Coriolanus--a less popular play--since that was a play I examined in an undergrad course that brought back good memories.
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Dear Marilyn P.: Thank you for your wonderful comments. I am happy that the technology today provides access to her watercolours for me to create a visual biography of how her art helps to speak of the travels reflected in her travel journal. She was mature and strong beyond her years.
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Thank you, Muriel, for your kind feedback. I had no idea what I was going to write and and learned a great deal when I completed my blog. Uncle Sam and John Bull are interesting characters indeed.
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Hi Muriel: This blog has a nice selection of movies to see. I'm enjoying the MHM (Movie House Memories) podcast and they highlight the greatest movies of all time. (http://www.moviehousememories.com/category/podcasts/) I enjoy movie reviews now and looking forward to reviewing some of the titles you have selected. I enjoyed, "Under the Tuscan Sun," very much.
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Excellent blog as always. Now I know what the hype is all about, but that will not encourage me to download it though. I will stay in the real for now and leave the virtual for the younger generation.
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Thank you for this interesting post, Emoke! I look forward to seeing some pictures from your trip. Definitely a trip worth noting for the rest of us who have never been there before.
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