World Windows – April 29, 2016

Still soaking up the photos from the Toronto trip…

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This interesting artwork caught my eye as we were taking our first stroll in Toronto. I can’t even say where it is, because we didn’t really have our bearings yet. I found it very cool, as the 3-d effect is very well done.

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I wish I could have done it more justice with a better picture.

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Thanks for looking!

 

A Frog a Day Keeps Anxiety at Bay

Here is a good idea for getting things done!

Sincerity, Sarcasm, and Stuff

Photo Credit: theartistsproject.com
The other day I had to run an errand. It wasn’t just any day, it was a Saturday. Oh, and it wasn’t just any errand…it was going to the DMV to renew my driver’s license. Put the two together and you are basically asking for it. Believe me, I was dreading it so much that I lost a little sleep the night before, but I got up early Saturday morning because I had a frog to eat.

Eat the frog. Many people have heard the phrase, but I find that equally as many have not. If you fall in the latter category, to “eat the frog” means to get the worst thing over with so that you may enjoy the rest of the day. I first heard it years ago when I was interviewing a potential employee at work. I was quite impressed, although I didn’t…

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Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

In conjunction with the very popular Thursday Doors theme, hosted by Norm…

Today I have selected another subject from the recent trip to Toronto, The Campbell House Museum.

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An interesting article here, tells that this building was actually saved and moved to the current location. Another article is actually copied below, with credits given in the article:

“Saving Old House Inspires Preservation”

This text is from the free Toronto in Time app, which was created by The Canadian Encyclopedia…

When the Queen Mother officially opened Campbell House in its new University Avenue location, Torontonians saw a treasure from their past restored. In a city that had been demolishing many of its finest old buildings, this demonstration of reverence for a distinguished work of 19th-century architecture and a piece of Toronto history showed a change in public opinion in favour of heritage preservation. The Campbell House was built by Sir William Campbell, Chief Justice of Upper Canada, and his wife Hannah in 1822. The stately Georgian house originally stood at what is now the intersection of Adelaide and Frederick streets. After serving as a private residence for most of the 19th century, it was turned into a business office and even a factory for horseshoe nails as its neighbourhood transformed into a commercial and industrial area. In 1972, its owners, the Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards Company, wanted to use its location for a parking lot. They offered the building to anyone who would move it.

Given the home’s association with a former Chief Justice, an association of trial lawyers (The Advocates’ Society) raised the funds to move the Campbell House to its present location. The move was a spectacular public event. Streets were shut down and crowds gawked as the 270-tonne structure crept the 1617 metres to its new foundation.

Today the Campbell House is a museum and art gallery, as well as a club for members of the Advocates Society. Most importantly, its move inspired those who shared a love for architectural integrity and a sense of history to unite in preserving remnants of Old Toronto.

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This being a post about doors, this one is admirable, but I also enjoyed the placement of this old Georgian beauty in front of a more modern (though nothing as modern as many in Toronto…watch for a future post) building behind it.

Unfortunately, the museum was not open when we went by, so no pictures of the inside. You can find those online too!

Happy doorscovering!

 

Earth Day – April 22, 2016

Today is dubbed Earth Day. It is great to have a day where we stop to think about all the many things that this brings to mind. It means a lot to many people and is of less importance to others. My question…why can’t we….

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Is it really that difficult? This year I have been spurred on to pick up trash in honor of one little girl’s wish to take care of the earth. It was a great feeling to know that I might be helping and more so, that a young girl, who could have wished for anything would have asked for that.

12801155_10154617395348135_6824070036214199633_n I also thought, at the time, why do people just throw things out their windows? If everyone threw something out of their car window every day, just think how much trash there would be. It is pretty simple to hold on to the stuff and dispose of it correctly!

Then there is a post I read recently that made me think similar thoughts, The World Isn’t Your Ashtray, which brought about similar thoughts for me. I know people don’t want to smell up their cars with cigarette butts, but here is a great idea…stop smoking and clean up your lungs too!

There is the part of Earth Day that refers to clean living, gardening techniques, GMOs, and more. We could go on and on…all good food for thought, but again, my question…why not think this way every day?

Go ahead, be motivated today, but let’s work on caring for our Earth one person at a time, one day at a time…every day!

love the earth Love our Earth…we can do it!

(Except for me picking up trash, all images from the WWW.)

World Windows – April 22, 2016

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Isn’t it just warm and welcoming to look through this window? I can be sure it is worth going inside this restaurant, as we had no bad meals in Sicily!

What windows have you been peeking into? Feel free to share a post in the comments below. If you do, please tag your post World Windows.

Thanks for peering in along with me!