Tag Archives: Ontario

Canadian Pride

Happy Canada Day! July 1 is our national holiday, a good time to reflect on the many advantages of living here, in this time and place, and to be both grateful and patriotic. Red and white… especially strawberries on the … Continue reading

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Mariana

Mariana is an 1851 oil-on-wood painting by John Everett Millais. The image is based on the solitary Mariana from William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, written between 1601 and 1606. In the play, Mariana was to be married, but was rejected … Continue reading

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Gentlemen’s French

Parlez-vous francais? Un peu? If you have forgotten most of your high school French, here is a vocabulary drill. Living in Canada, an officially biligual country, I still have to go out of my way to speak or read French, … Continue reading

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Order of Canada

Jan. 28, 1988, the day the Supreme Court declared Canada’s long-standing abortion law unconstitutional, was the greatest day in Dr. Morgentaler’s life. For the next 20 years, on the anniversary of the ruling, he held a dinner for key supporters … Continue reading

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Responses

The difference between these public responses to Morgentaler’s death speak volumes about the qualities of leadership on the Canadian political scene. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Morgentaler’s contributions “to a fair society” have been felt worldwide. “Our country has lost … Continue reading

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Temptation

While writing about great trials yesterday, I thought of The Grand Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamozov. Several translations of this famous story within a story, chapter five of Dostoyevski’s great novel, are available online. Then I also discovered that it … Continue reading

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Stick Your Neck Out

I finished my challenge piece on the Flammarion wood engraving just in time for the guild meeting this week. (See my last blog) I like the image of the wandering pilgrim/scholar who finally reached the horizon separating the flat earth … Continue reading

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