Tuffy P writing tonight.. this is an image of my grandmother, Mary Jane when she was 17. It was taken in Toronto in the former Eaton’s department store on Yonge Street. Here’s the story of how I came to know this photo’s story 103 years… Read More
At Lambton Woods in the early spring, you can be sure to come across quite a bit of skunk cabbage. What a fascinating plant. The Latin name for this plant is Symplocarpus foetidus. It grows in wetlands and blooms in the very early spring. In… Read More
I’m continuing to follow Patti Kusturok’s fantastic 365 days of fiddle tunes. She’s at day 73 now, and she’s recording these while touring around the prairies playing shows with Jeremy Rusu. Here is a John Arcand tune he wrote for Harry Daniels, a Métis leader…… Read More
We were living in a very Portuguese neighbourhood of Toronto. From time to time I would hear folk tunes wafting out of someone’s garage. Over near the flea market there was a guy who played on his front porch for passersby. He had a triple… Read More
We’ve been watching spy films lately. In particular, we’ve been watching the slow, plodding films based on John le Carré novels. This includes both of those British mini-series featuring Alec Guinness as George Smiley, and yesterday we watched The Spy Who Came in From the… Read More
Some Earl Hooker for a Tuesday morning…this will get your blood flowing.
I regularly play Go on Friday nights with an old friend. We’ve been battling one another over the Go board since the mid-80s. Usually when I play Go, Tuffy P goes out to the movies. Well, last night Go was canceled, and Tuffy was at… Read More