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Thank you Cat! I am so glad you came to visit this blog. For me, I am already missing the summer months. Even though it is warm, I love not wearing a coat when heading outside and all that glorious sunshine does not hurt (with effective sunblock, of course).
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Dear Bradley: Thank you for your reply and for the link to the title, "The Last Guide". It looks like an amazing book on the history of Algonquin Park's fishing expeditions. This park is just an amazing place for many reasons. The park also offers wild mushrooms as well as some deadly types. The mycologist professor collected some really colourful ones that looked poisonous but were quite delicious pan fried for breakfast. It is a great place with a deep history for relaxation, art, research, and fishing.
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Hi Cat! Thank you for your wonderful reply. I am glad you enjoyed reading my blog. The VRL aims to reach into the history of Ontario with snapshots of the past. The images are entertaining and insightful indeed.
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Dear Muriel: I saw 5 Minute Crafts on Facebook and they have interesting videos on making quick crafts. It gives us hope and a sense of control that we are not just passive consumers but can remake the world with our current resources to our own style. This is a fun and inspiring blog, Muriel.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2018 on The Power of Craft at Arts & Culture
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Dear Muriel: I am so glad you like this short blog and thank you for your generous feedback. August long weekend, for me, is acknowledging John and Elizabeth Simcoe's contributions to our land. This is also a perfect long weekend before the end of the summer season. I do enjoy Owen Staple's colourful enhancement of her paintings. This provides more in-depth details that may have been initially missed by the faint watercolours Elizabeth used and the colours may have faded over time. Also, the actors representing the lovely couple brings them back to life to all of us to meet and greet.
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Dear Jim: Thank you for your comments! Lord Tweedsmuir certainly had a full life as Governor General and author. To have one of his novels made into a film (four times even), is a spectacular accomplishment on its own. To also meet and greet the King and Queen, parents to the current Queen Elizabeth, really puts him on a level beyond what us regular mortals could reach. Thank you again, Jim, for your very informative and generous feedback.
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Dear Joe: Well, you may be right about the QWERTY myth but I have not used any other keyboard but this layout in my academic and work career. I may have thought of the Cherry MX Blue switches being the loudest clickiest switches that some classic typewriter-looking keyboards (such as the new Rymek mechanical keyboards with Gateron Blue or Cherry MX Blue) attempt to mimic the typewriter sound and feel. I can take responsibility for being incorrect to generalize that to all mechanical keyboards. If you find more errors, you may post them here. As far as I know, your comments are not banned.
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Hi Jim: Thank you for your reply! I appreciate your comment very much indeed. I grew up with this song and it is worth sharing with the next generations of this fine province . . . again.
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Dear Lydia: Thank you for your wonderful reply. I hope you had a great Canada Day weekend off. It was really hot and sunny these past few days. The Lakeshore was packed with cyclists and sightseers.
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Dear Astrida: Thank you for your kind reply. I am glad you enjoyed it. I learned about mechanical keyboards when I wrote this--the difference between Gateron Blue Switch versus Cherry MX Blue or Brown. Interesting, intriguing, and kind of weird.
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Obsolete: manual typewriter in a discarded pile in the Toronto Star's newsroom (1988) On April 25, 2011 news broke that the last typewriter manufacturer had closed their doors. For many, this story stirred outrage. National Public Radio (NPR) published a skeptical response to the news. Minyanville's article, "Contrary to Reports,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Dear Jane: This is a fun and funny blog that is a very enjoyable read! As a non-farming city dweller, I can share the same sentiments.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2018 on O(nt.) Pioneers! at North York Central Library Blog
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Dear Ranald: Thank you. I was getting a little tired of my 3,000 80s playlist and need some new infusion in my music off time. The weather is very sunny and warm right now that I can enjoy some classics while lounging on the patio with a friend.
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Agreed, TLewis, today is no exception. I started my walk this morning at 7:12am and it was pretty warm. I got to work at 8:10am and I felt tuckered out from the heat and the day is only just beginning. Luckily, the library is air conditioned and I have a warm sweater in my locker while staying indoors.
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Dear Marilyn: I really appreciate you highlighting this important historical moment. I did not see a direct image of this but I did find an online article on the June 4, 2016 Hamilton Spectator, "The QEW--Canada's First Super Highway Turns 77," by written Fakiha Baig with an image of the Royal Couple heading to the QEW Dedication Ceremonies, https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6707379-the-qew-canada-s-first-super-highway-turns-77/. Here also: http://www.thekingshighway.ca/PHOTOS/QEWphotos.htm I also found a link to images of the QEW monument, http://publicdomainpics.blogspot.ca/2010/09/qew-monument.html I did not locate a specific picture of the King and Queen opening the QEW though. If I do come across it, I will post it here. Thank you for your feedback.
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Thank you so much Bill for reading my blog and offering your wonderful comments. I have to thank David for streamlining this blog. With the Royal birth of the Queen's third great-grandson, Louis, and Prince Harry's and Megan Markle's upcoming nuptials, the first Royal Visit dovetails nicely with today's news.
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Royal Tour - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Canada, May 1939). Three months before Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived by ocean liner, The RMS Empress of Australia, to Canada. At Windsor Castle, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose remained behind.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Great blog on Stratford, Ontario Andrew. Someday I should go pay a visit.
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Thank you, Pam, for this lovely blog. I recall staying over the weekend at the beginning of autumn there as part of my undergraduate course. It was beautiful as we examined the flora and fauna there. I especially enjoyed staying overnight in a research cabin that had a window overlooking a lake. It was a great time examining fresh flora. The weather was warm with a slight tinge of autumn coolness perfect for our hikes.
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It is devastating how fires can consume a city. I recall on a tour of the Old City Hall last summer that the guide spoke of the fire that consumed the Simpson's building (now HBC) since the support structures were initially made of wood because Mr. Simpson did not want to pay the extra amount to fireproof his building. That building met a fiery end months after its completion.
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Dear Muriel: This is a lovely blog on this beautiful work of delicate art. I would be terrified to wear such a piece for any occasion or spill anything on it. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and shared this information with the rest of us here.
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Clogged 1978 Blizzard in Southern Ontario This April arrives not bearing flowers, showers or any indication of warming powers. Blowing winds and snow dance across the sky and tingle our eyes. If this is a dour warning of more coldness to come, we are assured that as Ontarians we have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at North York Central Library Blog
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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