DAY TRIPPING – “Living” Arthur
Jun04

DAY TRIPPING – “Living” Arthur

MEETING ARTHUR As a day trip a while back, my husband and I decided on an outing to Arthur. Arthur, which I had heretofore never heard of, is about a half hour west of Orangeville on Highway 9. A wonderful little region for a close-by escape awaited exploration! What drew our curiosity in the first place was a book series by Harry Turtledove, a famous science fiction and fantasy writer who also writes “alternate histories”. Here, the...

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Three Generations, One Passion
Jun04

Three Generations, One Passion

SHOPPING FRESH and LOCAL The summer sun is shining, bright and friendly in the clear blue sky and it’s starting to drive that familiar itch – an itch that a trip to the grocery store’s produce section just isn’t going to cut. You want to drive, to escape, soaking in that warm sun and when you stop, wherever that may be, you want somewhere that’s going to provide you with all of the bright colours, fragrant smells and outstanding fresh...

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PORSCHE CAYMAN S
Jun02

PORSCHE CAYMAN S

Oskar Ciejek, Entrepreneur and Motivational Leader, envisions the best in people and works with them to boost their self-esteem and attain an image of confidence that will help them prosper in today’s world. “One of my goals in life is to help younger generations who want to achieve more,” he says. So, it does make sense that Oskar Ciejek, the entrepreneur, is in the business of restoring a vehicle’s condition and making it more...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness – Simple Reminders
Feb26

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness – Simple Reminders

Welcome back to one of my favourite places, The Reading Room, and with one of my favourite people, Hazel McGuiness. In the last session, Hazel and I talked about kindness and how very important it is; not just while we make our way through this pandemic, but something that ought to be shown at all times. A gift that’s relatively easy to aspire to, yet sometimes very difficult to adhere to. In this session, Hazel speaks to us about a...

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CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest
Feb25

CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest

A penny a worm. That’s the going rate when you’re a 16-year-old boy, working in the dark pre-dawn hours with flashlight in hand, picking and loading nightcrawlers into your bucket in order to save up enough to buy your first car. Fast-forward a few decades, and by maintaining his “you get what you work for” approach, this same entrepreneur has over the years managed to buy, sell, and accumulate a coveted collection of rare and classic...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.
Nov30

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.

Oh this feels nice. It’s quiet, warm, bright, and peaceful. I am back in The Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness, and over the course of just a few short minutes, all of the noise going on in the world has stopped, as I am grounded and ready to learn. “Wow” she says. “We’ve had quite a go of it this year haven’t we?” While the entire world has had a difficult time, both Hazel and I have, like many, suffered some manner of tremendous...

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Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More
Nov30

Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More

Good trips are sparked by an idea. This one to Haileybury fired up with my husband’s online discovery one day, that the author of the Hardy Boys was from there. In Covid 19 times, this is an adventure within the safety of Ontario, beyond the usual “northern” destinations. At Huntsville, the drive suddenly became one through Group of Seven tableaux, miraculously touched by the paintbrush of autumn. Indeed, the Group of Seven became a...

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McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work
Nov27

McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work

June 2nd, 1970. It was a hazy, muggy Tuesday afternoon when 33-year-old Bruce McLaren, racer, constructor, winner of 4 Formula One grand prix, and champion of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, raced around the Sussex countryside on the famous Goodwood racetrack, testing his new Can-Am competitor, the model M8D. Leaving the pitlane after having made some final adjustments, McLaren roared back out on to the track. Cornering through the...

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In Memoriam Funeral Services
Aug30

In Memoriam Funeral Services

High Quality Service ~ Compassionate Care ~ Family Focused ~ Cost Effective As Unique As the Individuals and Families We Serve Experts are invaluable when you are looking at preparation for end-of-life services. Whether you are looking for pre-planning your funeral arrangements or that of a loved one, making funeral arrangements and/or celebration of life or after death care for grief and bereavement, a professional funeral director...

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A Modern Approach to Auto Service
Aug30

A Modern Approach to Auto Service

If you’ve ever owned a car, then you know the feeling of dread and indecision that arises when you hear that pathetic chug-chug-chug of a failed start up. We’ve all been there, turning over the key and just praying that it’ll hold up one more time. In this day and age, a car is an essential service – we don’t know how we can go one day without it and even if we can find a way to part with our car for however long it will take to do...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Michele Taras
Aug30

FEATURED ARTIST: Michele Taras

“A young Picasso, as if he fell into a rainbow.” When Michele Taras of Mono, Ontario decided to try her hand at painting, she purchased a blank canvas – which sat in her study for more than 2 months before she could work up the courage to put her imagination to work. Already an accomplished fashion photographer, Michele Taras’ work has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Chloe, Bride & Groom, HUF,...

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1973 Chevy Vega – Transforming The Family Car Into A Mean Machine!
Aug27

1973 Chevy Vega – Transforming The Family Car Into A Mean Machine!

Classic Cars. Most of these beautiful machines have stood the test of time, and can represent the best in automotive history. Their allure is not only one of nostalgia, but also requires a lot of time, passion, and more often than not, a few extra dollars to restore the best these classics have to offer. This 1973 Chevy Vega has the perfect owner, a man who has an eye for both style and design, but made the choice to work closely with...

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The Greens are Calling
Feb26

The Greens are Calling

The sun shines down upon you, and the freshly manicured greens – slightly dampened from the morning dew – squish beneath your feet as you step up towards the first tee to level up your shot. Your driver, slightly dusty from several long months in storage, is firm and familiar in your hands; still your old friend, even after the separation. You can feel the anticipation of the game in the air, and of course for the season...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness
Feb26

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness

Communication Series – PART II: Dementia/Alzheimers: Understanding and Communicating There are over 564,000 Canadians living with Dementia/ Alzheimers today and more than 1.1 million are affected either directly or indirectly by this disease. By the year 2031 this number is expected to increase by over 66% to approximately 937,000 people. Yet less than 5% of our health research budget is allocated to fund research and development for...

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Spring Tune-Up Time
Feb26

Spring Tune-Up Time

For those of us that can remember, the arrival of spring came with two key events. Mom opened as many windows as possible and was busy mopping and sweeping away the mustiness compiled over the winter. Dad, meanwhile, was outside on the driveway. Armed to the teeth with oil and grease cans, he vigorously put his Ford, Chevy or Oldsmobile through the ritual spring tune-up. He changed the oil, greased the rods and ball joints and...

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