It was my mother who passed on her love of music to me. She showed me that the magic of great music came from the heart. I learned that a terrific song has everything in balance: the tune, the words, and most importantly, a singer – capable of interpreting it for others.
When I would visit her when she lived in Ottawa, she would take me to parties – parties in restaurants. I felt like a celebrity, because for me it was only celebrities that partied in restaurants. The people at these parties were different too. They had foreign-sounding names and talked with accents – German and British.
They had expanded several sizes, along with the rest of me. I was no longer the young, thin curvaceous chick. It seemed my body was going through yet another drastic change. Having had two children by this time, I realized something had to be done with all the weight I carried in front of me.
An amusing moment during a Royal Visit.
As imperfect human beings, we’re the first to ask for forgiveness and understanding; but, are we the first to extend it?
Out of curiosity, Barry Gardner attended a knife show in 1995 and, fascinated by the handcrafted steel objects, asked a craftsman if he could be taught to make such knives. Now, as an experienced cutler, Barry offers this same service at his foundry within the Jam Factory studios at Seppeltsfield. “I love guiding people to […]
What is it that makes receiving applause so addictive? Is it the gratification that one feels at a job well done? Or is it the knowledge that you have in some way please and lifted an entire room of people, matching and exceeding their expectations?
Toronto’s Forest Hill Jewish Centre has a new home, one that has been ten years in the making and is a testament to faith on many levels: Faith in God, of course, faith in people, and faith that the Orthodox shul that started in 2000 without even a minyan (or quorum of 10 Jewish men) was meeting both a religious and broader community need.
When most Torontonians think of developer Sam Mizrahi, they think of the skyscraper known as The One that will be constructed at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto. But, if you want to know the story of a developer who is deeply and spiritually invested in building and supporting his community you have to look to another project, the construction of the Temmy Latner building, which will be the new home for the Forest Hill Jewish Centre in Toronto.
Symphony Nova Scotia’s special sci-fi concert that Hallowe’en evening was hosted by John Rhys-Davies, a Welsh actor who played Gimli the dwarf in the film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, and our author George Burden had the chance to meet him!