Mount Pleasant Cemetery

I find cemeteries fascinating. The tales the tombstones tell are snapshots of history.Here are some photos taken by my husband Stephen Plunkett on a recent trip to Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto… Tragedy, old age, accidents, status, age…the markers lay … Continue reading

Toronto Island Life

Ward’s Island is a lovely respite from muggy Toronto on a hot summer’s day. There’s nothing I like to do better than hop on the ferry at Queen’s Quay and 15 minutes later I’m wandering the paths, gazing at the … Continue reading

Kayaking the Humber River

In summer, I love to immerse myself in nature as much as I can, even in the city. I’ve discovered a wonderful way to slow down, listen to the birds, enjoy the sunshine and get a bit of exercise. Toronto … Continue reading

Historic Osgoode Hall

It is easy to walk by the black iron fence on the north side of Queen Street, just east of University Avenue, without a thought to what lays beyond. And yet, this is a very historic and important place…where the … Continue reading

Instagram Tutorial

Just saw this great tutorial on my travel writing, SATW collegue’s website, Carole Terwilliger Meyers…Berkeley and Beyond.

Peterborough: Canoes, Coconut Rum and Wicked Vodka

Once upon a time, Peterborough, in the heart of Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes cottage country, was a manufacturing centre, home to General Electric and Evinrude Outboard Engines. It was also “the canoe-building epicenter of the world,” according to Kelly Jessup, Peterborough … Continue reading

Toronto’s Eye-popping Graffiti Alley

Was just visiting this amazing display of graffiti art the other day on the laneway south of Queen Street, between Portland and Spadina Ave. The art changes regularly, but here’s what was there in late July…BTW, this “legal” stretch, prompted … Continue reading

Saskatooning: My Surprising Cultural Journey

On a recent trip to Saskatoon I really wanted to dig into the city’s culture. What made it tick? This prairie city has been getting a lot of attention lately. The New York Times said it is one of the … Continue reading

Savoring the Flavours of Saskatoon

Colourful Vista Lounge On a recent trip to Saskatoon I found a city full of hidden, and not so hidden, treasures. This was my first visit to the place where Joni Mitchell grew up and I loved it. The fastest … Continue reading

Arty Ann Arbor

This University of Michigan town is a true gem. During the school year the streets bustle with students, but come summer the pace slows. It’s a great time to poke around in galleries, museums and check out artists studios. Here’s … Continue reading