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Have you ever seen a checkered tulip? In real life, perhaps not. Maybe in a book, then. Personally, I have seen one in a book. Given the nature of the character that drew it, I was of the opinion that they were made up and completely fictitious. It was by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at Arts & Culture
I would like to second "Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish" as a great title to explore. Exploring in general as a self care routine is also wonderful.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2021 on A Guide to Self-Care at Health and Wellness Blog
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Do you wanna build a playground? It doesn't have to be a playground. Pape Park on Gerrard (1986). Do you want to improve your outdoor environment? Maybe you see a neighbour doing it and think, "Yes, me too!" But how do you get started and does it cost much? Is... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at Arts & Culture
That's such a great cover!! It has presence.
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Thank you. Sounds like a nice collection.
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My copy of the Barren Grounds just came in and guess what? It's a book one. The Misewa Saga by David A. Robertson.
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Yum!
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https://www.cusslermuseum.com/ And there was his museum of classic cars :)
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2020 on Clive Cussler, 1931-2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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You may not listen to Justin Bieber a lot or at all by choice, but the words from his latest effort with Ed Sheeran are a go-to for being over everything that there is to be over. If cancel culture is not the top news maker of 2019 I will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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Once upon a time I flew to Melbourne and learned a valuable lesson about art and life. I had been walking around for quite a while, aimlessly doing touristy things, and putting rather large blisters on my feet, when one day I went to the National Gallery of Victoria. Inside... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture
From my perspective it is in line with our "Vision, Mission & Values" on several points. Information exists beyond the format of the book and hopefully more people now know about Ruth Cuthand's work as we have several records of her in our system. Cultural institutions are trending more in support of one another and not in competition. Look up NASA and the ALA, next thing you know, there will be librarians on Mars! Think outside the box as artist's like to say.
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That fits! I wish I could say I hadn't seen this level of poverty though.
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Recently I was granted permission to take a small group to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). At no additional cost to my branch I escorted a couple of families to the recent Indigenous exhibits and got to share what I knew about the materials and processes behind the art.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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This might sound odd, but like many a person with a smart product I decided to save some space and sell off my old CD player with a built in radio. It was old and a little broken but still functional. I sold it for a buck fifty last summer.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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I picked up “Toronto Street Art Strolls” by Nathalie Prézeau and found the elephants gracing the side of my former branch. This is familiar. I like this this book. I flipped through “Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez” by Lawrence Weschler. I found “Sun Mad II” by Ester Hernãndez,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture
I’ve got it! Whoever answers my very difficult reference question about an art DVD can be right! I do not remember the series or artist’s name. There is a 50% chance it is an art21 film though. I do remember the art! These paintings were created by first making clay or play doh models of landscapes or alien terrain. Think surreal corals in a cool colour scheme. The answer must be at TRL somewhere in DVD format, which artist is this?
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Nowadays, there are essentially two kinds of Irish. You might love Coronation Street. Equally possible, you might think that show is rubbish. Let's assume I am the later, but don't tell my Papa. Today, anyone can be Irish and I have come to this one conclusion after years of study... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Everyone is super excited about the new AGO exhibit featuring renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. There is a rush on tickets, and I myself may not even get in. But I know a secret to viewing art. It is called patience. Never go to anything opening day. That is asking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Arts & Culture
I have to admit, I didn't know who Sonja Bata was or why she was trending. I have never been to the shoe museum but always found it fascinating that Toronto had this huge ode to the shoe. Thank you Bill, I will have to make an effort to go this year.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2018 on In Memory of Sonja Bata at Arts & Culture
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Snap! Good one. I'm loving the line drawing too along with the topic of 808s being such a discussed question. Now I'm hoping for a sketchbook.
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Great feedback Robert. It's probable that both explanations fit, and is it not the hallmark of a great song that we find ourselves curious about language that is beyond general knowledge?
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Think of all the great Canadian singer/songwriters. None of them until now has ever won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Not Shania Twain, not the BNL, not Alanis Morissette, not Bryan Adams, or Sloan, or Nickleback, not even Avril Lavigne, Hedley, Drake or The Weeknd. Not even Paul Anka.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Arts & Culture
Merci beaucoup!
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Sometimes I will teach painting classes and a prompt I like to give is "the Wonderbread truck stuck in a snowstorm." You begin by asking yourself what that would look like. I know, I saw it this one time – large dots suspended in a blizzard. Perhaps laughing at a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture