Spring clean your Inner self, your Outer self will thank you

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com Spring has sprung! And with it comes the required seasonal sort out of house and garden, as well as a call to living a healthier life. So why not add to that list, an invitation to purge your innermost self as well. Here is my suggested to do list …

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The 1600 year old Beauty

Footsteps echo on the ancient ciotolo as you wind your way through her alleys like a mouse in a maze. During high season you can hear the build up of commotion as you approach the center until you come out of the final calle and are hit with a crescendo of human racket! But, visit …

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Fog in a Jar

Photo by Ruvim There is a bar in Italy called the Kyrie Eleison ("Lord, Have Mercy"). Unique to it, as anticipated by the name, is an interior decoration consisting of pulpits, velvet throne chairs, confessionals and the like, collected from rectories, churches and monasteries that are no more. On a more modern, commercial note, one …

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Fences – “You gotta take the crooked with the straight”

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are beyond belief in this powerfully touching movie (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson) that explores the messy, multifaceted, shameful and proudful relationships of a family. There are times when, in the presence of something bigger than yourself, you become lost both in your admiration and …

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Arabisms

The seventh century is a very important time for the future of Italy, for it marks the beginning of the Islamic expansion; an expansion which will have specific and positive repercussions throughout Italy in the areas of study, technology, lexicon and commerce. Italy is conquered by way of Spain and Sicily. For the most part, …

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Identity Creators

Who are you? It all starts the moment you walk into a room. The facial and body scan, the behavioral check, followed by the detection of peripheral accoutrements (clothes, jewellery, latest tech gadget, car etc...). In the deeper phase, ascertainment of the provenance of said accoutrements may or may not follow. Et voila! The stranger, …

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Talking Bail versus Jail in the Canadian Justice System

Our first entry of 2022 for The Interview Series is with Bail Supervisor Jo.B* MB: Good morning and thanks for agreeing to the interview. Happy 2022! Jo.B: My pleasure. Ah yes! Happy New Year to you too! MB: Right off the bat, although I am not suggesting yours is an odd profession, I have to …

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Word nerd

I declare myself a word nerd. Being a Generation X'er I spent all my school years flanked by a full arsenal of monolingual, bilingual, technical and foreign language Dictionaries, Lexicons, Grammar helpers and Thesauruses. Ahhh! the phonetic and auditory rush derived from a satisfying mouthful of words. Decisive dental notes (deleterious, terminate, tranquillity), sibilant whispers …

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Express yourself

An explosion of ideas Basquiat, Haring and Banksy did it via their Graffiti art. Madonna did it via her music. Writers, architects, actors, designers, dancers, chefs, and more, do it. They express themselves through their creations; announcing their presence to the world. Their genius lies in making the expression seem facile, when it certainly is …

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Out on a limb

The expression out on a limb meaning isolated; in or into a position where one is not joined or supported by anyone else, is obviously not the case in this exquisite photo by Eric Tourneret. In this quasi magical scene, we observe individuals balanced on branches of pear trees laden with their distinctive white blossoms, …

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