My Mongolia

Featured image source: www[dot]nomadicexpeditions[dot]com Mongolia—the land of Ghengis Khan, inventor of flash warfare, listed as an unusual and low-terror travel zone (1)—caught my eye. Ghengis Khan. Image source: www[dot]biography[dot]com This YouTube video of what it’s like to travel to Mongolia tells it all. From the art of welcoming visitors by generously giving everything one has at…

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The Paragon of Simplicity

One of the things that really bothers me when I’m surfing the Internet is when people write articles that are loaded with meaningless information or when a level of complexity is introduced from the inception and is deliberately incorporated into a piece in order to, I surmise, deliberately hide the fact that there is either…

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7 Holiday Treats

#1 Thick & Rich Drinking Chocolate. Click here for recipe.   #2 Easy Slice & Bake Cookies | Click here to watch video. #3 Spiced Pumpkin Cookies. Click here for recipe. #4 Mocha Yule Log. Click here for recipe. #5 Amaranth Pudding. Click here for recipe. #6 Cheese board. Click here for instructions. #7 Flourless…

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Trump or Hillary?

I went to Gabby’s Bar & Grill today. It’s opposite the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Bloor Street in Toronto where there just happens to be a fantastic exhibition on called “Chihuly.” Gabby’s is a really nice spot because there’s a terrace and if the sun’s out, you’re guaranteed a pleasant experience. Light streams through the…

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The Throne

[Spoiler alert] Another transatlantic flight, another film review. I was very surprised by The Throne. What I saw did not correspond to what I thought I would see. I was unintentionally riveted. The film, a 2015 South Korean historical period drama set in the Joseon period and directed by Lee Joon-ik, won the Blue Dragon…

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7, Amazing, Simple and Healthy Summer Recipes

#1 White Gazpacho Soup Click here for recipe. #2 Lemon & Dill Chicken Click here for recipe. #3 Triple Melon Smoothie Click here for recipe. #4 Herb & Onion Frittata Click here for recipe. #5 Italian Hazelnut Cookies Click here for recipe. #6 Snap Pea & Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry Click here for recipe. #7 Citrus Berry Smoothie Click here for recipe. Credit:…

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Moments

I was having lunch with a friend of mine yesterday when she reminded me that what we remember about our lives are moments, moments like this joyous lunch or traveling to a favorite destination. She added, ‘You’re not going to remember the times you spent at the office.’ Her understanding seems to be trending now.…

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My Neighbor is an Opera Singer

La, La, La Traviata I’m not sure if this is auspicious or not, but my next-door neighbor is an opera singer. She has a lovely daughter who typically wails as her mother belts out songs, in alto, every evening. In order to distract the child, she will let her run down the corridor, this to…

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Christmas Message

Dear Friends, It’s a beautiful season. The lights on Bloor Street are discreet and charming. Small points of white light decorate the trees and plants that line what is known as Toronto’s Fifth Avenue. Who can believe that tomorrow is Christmas Day? I went shopping today and stocked up on food. My fridge is full…

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