The outdoors

On an exercise walk tonight in the Bridle Path area I listened to Alie Ward’s recent podcast on happiness research: Awesomeology (GRATITUDE FOR LITTLE THINGS) with Neil Pasricha. It reinforced how the smartphone and the media in general is “the slot machine in your pocket“, with intermittent variable rewards that habituate you into scrolling through […]

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Doubtless for those of us who have been following the public health advice to avoid contact with others for nine months or so there have been many disappointments and frustrations. At the same time, perhaps we have each discovered a thing or two from pandemic living which we will stick with beyond. Some of mine: […]

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I find it’s good practice to approach literally anybody, from a municipal worker who I am passing on the sidewalk while they’re performing official duties to clerks in shops with an immediate attempt at a substantive conversation, not just a rote exchange of greetings or well-wishes. By that means the other morning I got the […]

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Besides, the historian William Cronon argues that there is nothing “natural” about wilderness, that it is a deeply human construct, “the creation of very particular human cultures at very particular moments in human history.” Though I might be appalled by Marco Polo’s failure to swoon at mountains and deserts along the Silk Road, wilderness in […]

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One of the cleverest and most philosophical limericks is: There once was a man who said, “Damn, It has borne in upon me I am But a creature that moves In predestinate grooves; I’m not even a bus, I’m a tram!” It’s strange that living in Canada’s largest city I nonetheless overwhelmingly see the parts […]

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Yesterday the Palmerston Area Residents Association (PARA) re-dedicated eight local laneways with the names of people and organizations of significance to the area. I got photos of the parade and dedications.

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Today Johanna and I took a psychogeographic walk, in which you are meant to constantly make spontaneous choices to seek out whatever seems most interesting. We did well despite icy conditions and found the weird and unexpected grounds of Ontario Place, not open for business but not yet sealed off or demolished.

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Yesterday in Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto’s Clay & Paper Theatre Company put on their 15th annual Day of Delight. I got some photos of the performances and cute dogs in the audience.

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