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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Word on the Street 2013

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Word on the Street, an outdoor, one-day-only event celebrating literacy and the written word. WOTS is held annually in Toronto and four other Canadian cities.

More than a book fair, Word on the Street is an opportunity to be surrounded by Canadians who love to read, to get together with fellow readers, writers and teachers, and to discover great new (or new to you) books and magazines. Word on the Street is the largest festival of its kind-- and it's free!
 
Lin has attended WOTS since 2 years after its inception (which was in 1990), and I've tagged along since I could walk. It's one of our favourite events, and one every reader should attend at least once.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Happy Birthday, Lin!

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday in Niagara Falls, Ontario with Becca, and my beau, David, who resides in the USA.

I love the falls in part because each time the experience feels similar to visiting Disney World; a paradise for both adults and children, that lends itself to the wonderment of incredible things to see and do.

To say that the falls aren't extraordinary is like saying that Michelangelo did not create something of magnificence with the Sistine Chapel.

“No offense”, I said to my guy, “but to experience the wonder of the Canadian Falls is something that cannot compare to the American side, pretty as it is”.

We were all excited to see the falls from the many different vantage points. To hear the thunderous roar of the water, to see the excitement on the faces of young and old was a reminder that no matter your age, the colour of your skin, the language you speak, the splendour of the falls unites one and all.

Couples like my beau and I strolled hand in hand, taking in the romantic nature of our surroundings. 

Families, sharing the contagious excitement with their children and grandchildren was a marvel to bear witness too.

Becca was clearly enjoying herself judging by the hundreds of pictures she was taking (showcased in the collage above). Everything from snaps of the falls, to the birds perching on large rocks awaiting their moment of fame.

The greatest thing about the falls is that visiting them gets old. As many times as you see them, you are still drawn in by their awe- inspiring beauty.

On a beautiful sunny day September 15, 2013 that is exactly what happened.