Glad I had a chance to review “Bonfire Etiquette,” latest album by Ontario pop band Amity Beach. I really liked it! Pics, details and links to their music at my Wordpress blog Honourary Canadian.
I renamed this tumblr HON(U)RARY CANADIAN a couple weeks ago, and am writing here to say I’m converting the new blog in its entirety in to a Wordpress site. I expect to have completed the transition early next week I will post the new url info as soon as it’s ready for visiting. It will be sort of a cousin to my first blog The Great Gray Bridge. Thanks, more info coming soon!
This photo is from the 10th anniversary observance of 9/11/01, when firefighters and first responders from all over Canada and Europe came to the Fireman’s Memorial in my Manhattan nabe to pay their respects. I wrote about 9/11/01 and that day in 2011 at The Great Gray Bridge in a post called Remembering 9/11/01—Running Through a Dust Cloud in Lower Manhattan, where there are more pictures.
With a stab at transnational wit, I’ve renamed this tumblr HONO(U)RARY CANADIAN in honor of my affinity and affection for Canadian culture, books, authors, and music. I also have an eye on Canada’s next federal election, which must take place no later than 2015, so I’ll also be covering Canadian politics. I also plan to post photos from my many years of travel in Canada, beginning with the top image that I have chosen as the signature visual for the site. It shows the monumental Roche Percé or ‘pierced rock’ on the Gaspé Peninsula in the most eastern portion of Quebec facing the Atlantic Ocean. I visited the region on a solo vacation in the autumn of 1988. The mighty rock juts in to the ocean with the massive prow facing toward shore. The image below it is a ‘selfie’ I took then, long before the term was in the vernacular. A visitor can only get near it at low tide, as I did on this lucky occasion. I remember spending about 3 hours scampering in and out of the surf and trying to get as close as possible to the pierced opening, with the huge form towering more than a hundred feet above me. It’s a place I hope to see again someday, next time with my family.
I invite you to visit this new site in the weeks and months to come. Meantime, I will be continuing to post at The Great Gray Bridge, where I’ve also announced the renaming of this site. I’ll be doing lots of sharing between both sites and cross-linking among them. I’ve also written about the re-naming of my tumblr there. My interest in reading, book culture, live music, media, and current events, and my writing about them–covering New York City, the US, and Canada–is growing so that I need the two sites. Thanks for reading me at one or both of them.
August 28, 2013 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robertson Davies, the great Canadian novelist and all around man of letters. Canada Post is marking the anniversary by issuing the above stamp. When I ran a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio, we introduced thousands of U.S. readers to books by Canadian authors, including Davies. Nice to see the writer remembered with this stamp. The stamp was announced at the Canada Post website. I’ve published a lengthier treatment of Davies at my blog The Great Gray Bridge.