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I really love the Gandhi quote. And I do hope you're right about people's views about animals beginning to change. There is so much room for improvement in the ways humans treat animals. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Thomas.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2017 on Happy World Animal Day! at The Buzz...About Books
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Glad you liked the list Mary. I didn't know (until I was refining my list) that Booker Prize and Nobel Prize winner, J. M. Coetzee wrote fiction about animal cruelty and animal welfare. I'm looking forward to reading his, "The lives of animals" featured above. Thanks for commenting.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2017 on Happy World Animal Day! at The Buzz...About Books
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In the spirit of World Animal Day, I offer you some animal friendly books from the worlds of cooking, philosophy, science, photography, fiction and memoir. But first, a bit of history. The first World Animal Day took place in Berlin on March 24, 1925. It was organized by Heinrich Zimmermann,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
So glad you enjoyed it, Stephen. A lot of great books were referenced in that series -- I selected just a few.
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I wish I could find the secret door in the back of my wardrobe that leads to another world. Winter is coming in this one. And it feels like the dark is rising. I need a fictional vacation destination. But to where? A holiday in the Shire would suit me,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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This year Halloween falls on a Monday -- the worst possible day! I don't know about you, but I'm in no condition to get up before the sun has risen the morning after Halloween, with the work week ahead giving me the evil eye. If you've celebrated Halloween right, you've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
You're welcome Tita. And thanks.
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The infamous pig trial will begin again on October 3. In an instance of synchronicity seemingly arranged by Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, World Animal Day is October 4. For those who haven’t been following the case, last summer Anita Krajnc stuck her arm through a vent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Please join us at North York Central Library on Thursday, September 29, for a talk on world renowned architect Frank Gehry. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be given by Larry Wayne Richards, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
I love that John Muir quote! Even the freakiest looking weeds are fascinating, or beautiful in their own way. And thanks for the book recommendation. If anyone would like to reserve “100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens” here’s the link to the book in the Toronto Public Library catalogue: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM216139&R=216139 Thanks for stopping by Muriel.
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Take a look at the lawns on the covers of these books: And these lawns, on the covers of organic lawn care books: I see a lawn like this and think, I bet I'd have to use a coaster in that house. And sit up very straight in an expensive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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How many hockey players does it take to make you feel dumb about Canadian art? If you said three, good guess. A recent poll showed that Canadians had no trouble coming up with the names of hockey players -- 97 percent of those polled could name three or more. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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North York Central Library is partnering with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival for a free preview show. The Chase Sanborn Trio will perform at the library on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:15 p.m. Before the performance, Chase and his fellow musicians will give a workshop on jazz fundamentals. It doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Miss Understood by David ShankboneYou’re invited to Stilettos on the Move, a drag fashion show! Come celebrate Pride Week at North York Central Library on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Flamboyant drag performers will turn the library stage into a catwalk as glamorous as any you'll see during Toronto... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Yes! That was the poem that was left on my desk -- I loved it. The mystery is solved! Thanks for being my poem fairy. Hmmm...I guess this means there's no supernatural being who grants poetry wishes in April? I guess it's up to you, then, humans.
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If I’ve inspired someone to sit down and read a poem or two, I will have done what I set out to do. (To be honest, I'm hoping it's more than one. I'm hoping to turn someone out there into a poetry addict! And if I do, come to North York Central Library, and I will show you the biggest circulating collection of poetry in the city!) Thanks for your encouraging comments.
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Thanks for telling me about Button Poetry, Elaine – I’d never heard of it. I'm sure the performance aspect adds so much. (For those who don’t know, Button Poetry is a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to performance poetry). I’m definitely going to follow up on your recommendation. And thanks so much for your very kind comment. I’m really glad that you enjoy my posts. I will keep on giving in to my enthusiasm!
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Thanks for your comment, Lulu. I love all three of those artists, and they write great, poetic lyrics, but I wouldn’t want to hear their songs through the phone, because even great music sounds awful through a phone speaker. Imagine the brilliance of Patti Smith’s poetic “Birdland” confined to a phone speaker. (I’d agree with you if my phone was hooked up to a good sound system, though.) But poetry through a phone speaker could work – it would be so intimate, as though the poet was speaking directly to you.
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I like your observation that poetry can be mind-bending. Yes, the narrator, who was once afraid of snakes, loses her fear in the moment that she identifies with the snake, who is also being tormented by the bully. She feels such compassion for it that she comes to love it. It is a powerful poem. Poets work a kind of magic sometimes – I can be more affected by a short poem like Lorna Crozier’s than a 400 page novel. (But I’m not knocking novels – I love them too!) Enjoy your Rumi!
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Thanks Katherine. Yes, poetry should be celebrated – it should be read, recited, memorized, shared, savoured, collected, quoted, analyzed, played on the radio, read to children of all ages and grades, and injected right into the brain to see what sparks come shooting off it. It can be amazing.
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Last year, in April, someone gave me a poem. It was left on my desk, front and centre, where I'd be sure to see it. No one confessed. It could have been anyone in the building -- North York Central Library has six floors, so my suspect list is long.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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It's Oscar season! Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday February 28th. Meanwhile, far from the glamour of sunny Hollywood, a lowly librarian has been agonizing over her list of 2015 film books while sleet pelts her windows in chilly Toronto. This year, there were so many contenders for best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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When it comes to reading, I’m in no hurry. I love that new book smell as much as the next guy, but I can wait. The book I’m happily immersed in now was published 164 years ago -- I’m sailing aboard the Pequod, keeping company with mad Captain Ahab, on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Years ago I resolved to make no more New Year’s Resolutions. They’re impossible to keep, so what’s the point in setting yourself up for failure year after discouraging year? My resolution to make no more resolutions is the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever kept. Until now. So many people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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And so it begins. Ceaseless Christmas music in the stores. Aggressively cheerful sales people circle displays like piranhas. On my first Christmas shopping expedition this year, three different sales people in the same store tried to sell me the store card for ten bucks. Me: no…no…NO! The last sales pitch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog