Word of the year 2023

Image: A close-up of sunflowers against a clear sky, with the word: THRIVE, in a paintbrush-like font, in the bottom right corner. Photo by ulleo on Pixabay. Happy New Year! I hope 2023 has been good to you so far. We’re well into the first week of January now, and I found my mind turningContinue reading “Word of the year 2023”

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#BringBackMasks

Image: A medical mask. Photo by Ri_ya on Pixabay. Given the current public health and respiratory virus/illness climate, I thought this post, originally titled “People suck & also rock”, was worth a re-post. Sadly, it’s pretty clear that we can’t count on political leaders to #BringBackMasks That doesn’t mean we can’t do it ourselves. ThinkContinue reading “#BringBackMasks”

I’m still here

Image: A perspectival view of a wooden footbridge crossing over a ravine at dusk, leaves scattered along the sides of the walkway, and flanked by trees in fall foliage and the glow of vintage street lamps. A few people and their dogs pause in their walks at the other end. Photo by the blogger. HeyContinue reading “I’m still here”

People suck & also rock

Image: A medical mask. Photo by Ri_ya on Pixabay. People suck. Not us, the others. (Yes, I stole that last bit from Ellen DeGeneres.) Allow me to explain. Get comfortable, this may take a little while. I was very excited to win a 10-play pass for Toronto Fringe 2022 after filling out their survey inContinue reading “People suck & also rock”

My four ingredients

Image: A tabby cat sleeps, curled up on a pair of blue jeans draped over a chair. Photo by Eu_eugen on Pixabay. Every Thursday, I read my weekly horoscope in Rob Breszny’s Freewill Astrology column on the NOW Magazine website. While I’m not a hard-core believer in the portents disclosed therein, I find them entertaining,Continue reading “My four ingredients”

Time Limits Dropped on Easter Sunday coming to Hamilton Fringe 2022

Image: A pocket watch disintegrates against a cloudy pastel sky. Hey all, ICYMI, I’m pleased to announce that Wonder Jones Productions’ Fringe production of Time Limits Dropped on Easter Sunday, a digital original from Toronto playwright Erin Jones (and previously streamed during Toronto Fringe and Calgary Fringe 2021), will be featured (online) as part ofContinue reading “Time Limits Dropped on Easter Sunday coming to Hamilton Fringe 2022”

Little free libraries

I love seeing little free libraries in various neighbourhoods across the city. They provide a great, environmentally friendly opportunity to freecycle books you no longer want/need and maybe even discover some literary gems to take home. And when book shops and libraries were closed during lockdowns, they were an especially great resource—especially for those strugglingContinue reading “Little free libraries”

Scarborough film adaptation in theatres

Those who’ve been following me on Twitter have seen me shouting out the film adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’s acclaimed debut novel Scarborough, screenplay by Hernandez, produced by Compy Films—co-directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson—and distributed by levelFilm. I was happy and honoured to play a small part in this labour of love. And it’sContinue reading “Scarborough film adaptation in theatres”

Life lessons from Scrabble

Image: A pile of Scrabble tiles, with the A, U, Q, R and T tiles on top. Photo by Wokandapix on Pixabay. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been playing a lot of Scrabble. And we’re talking old-school board game Scrabble, not online or via an app—and, since I live alone, it’s Player 1Continue reading “Life lessons from Scrabble”

Finding my voice again: a work in progress

Image: A vintage microphone, with sound waves vibrating in the background. Photo by stux on Pixabay. It’s been almost two years to the day since I posted my intention to take a break from the blog to consider a new direction—ruminations that ultimately resulted in the transition from a reviewing platform to one of personalContinue reading “Finding my voice again: a work in progress”