It’s been 11 years since I took an MBSR course in Toronto

I’ve recently had the occasion to write a few words about mindfulness meditation. In this post I will add a few words. I attended an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at the Meditation for Health medical clinic in Toronto in 2004. It took me over a decade of daily meditation, between 20 and 40 minutes […]

Steven Lesser has shared a great comment regarding MCHS dress codes (and a second great comment about a favourite song)

Update We have a great discussion (please see comments below, and the photo – which you can enlarge if you click on it – at the very top of the page you are now reading) about the Banning of the Twist at MCHS in the early 1960s. The yearbook photo at the top of this […]

Our brain is not a unitary organ

Background document (June 22, 2015) from David Godley regarding: Character of Long Branch

For an important update, related to the following background document from David Godley, please refer to a recent post entitled: Update regarding Character of Long Branch: Message from Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes Following text is from David Godley:   New Houses in Long Branch: Severances & Variances – Draft Issues David Godley 416 255 […]

Update regarding Character of Long Branch: Message from Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes

Message from David Godley David Godley 416 255 0492 email: Good Evening, I am delighted to receive the good news from Councillor Grimes (below). Congratulations to him and his staff and to all those who have worked so hard on this issue. We should also thank Chief Planner Ms Keesmaat for her co-operative and […]

Send an email or make a phone call if you agree Historic Fort York should remain open on Canada Day

We have received word that Historic Fort York is slated to be closed for Canada Day, for reasons explained in the sample text for a letter of protest that we invite you to send, regarding this matter. Send your letters (generally, that means emails) to Bernard Trottier and Larry Ostala. Larry Ostola is the Director […]

Where honour depends on appearances

A previous post about Peter Burke’s History and Social Theory (2005) includes one that is entitled: Narrative has regained prestige as a way of understanding the world The nature of honour Page 74 of Burke’s 2005 study refers to Pathan society, “where honour depends on appearance,” and to a study by Barth (1959). Burke notes […]

David Godley shares his Official Plan Conformity Opinion regarding 36 Clissold Road, Etobicoke

I have previously posted a wide range of items of interest from David Godley, a retired urban planner who lives in Long Branch, Ontario. 36 Clisshold Road, Etobicoke The purpose of the current post is to share information related to 36 Clissold Road, Etobicoke. An overview of the facts at hand, of the kind that David […]

Toronto’s Madeleine McDowell has helped create a heritage garden featuring flowers drawn by Agnes FitzGibbon 150 years ago

A June 26, 2015 Toronto Star article is entitled: Conjuring 1860s Lambton Mills and Agnes FitzGibbon. Good article.  

William Davies (2015) speaks of a happiness industry

Th title of the book is: The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being (2015). I find the study of interest for several reasons. First, I am interested in the fact that, from a publishing perspective, the book seeks to address a niche market – which, roughly speaking, is the market […]