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Reflections on a European Adventure

From May 13 to June 4, Lisa and I were so fortunate to have a dream trip to Europe. It’s not like it was our first trip to Europe…we’ve been a bunch of times over the years. But this trip seemed extra special in that we had a chance to visit with people we admire […]

Blue Mind (Photo by Emma Harper on Unsplash)

More Blue Mind…Less Plastic

Yet another video posted on my Twitter feed this morning of plastic and garbage floating en masse in a pristine waterway. Despite the good intent of many to spread the word, research shows that the problem of plastic being dumped in our lakes, rivers and oceans is getting worse. Many community groups have taken up […]

Tana Quartet

European Adventures in May

Very excited to share that Lisa and I will be in Europe this May! It’s been quite a while since we crossed “the pond” and we’re really looking forward to the sights, sounds, and experiences that await us. Here are the highlights of what we have to look forward to… The European premiere of my […]

Frank Horvat (photography by Anita Zvonar)

What I Hear In My Head

What do I hear in my head? I hear melody. I hear rhythmic patterns. I hear the sonority of particular instruments. I hear the unique combinations of sonority between different instruments. I hear voices. Sometimes they speak. Sometimes they sing. I sometimes hear my own voice in my head. It often encourages me. But it […]

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Personality Test – LIVE on camera!

I decided to take one of those online personality tests for the first time. So, why not do it in real time on camera!? Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Observant or intuitive? A thinker or a feeler? Check out the video for the reveal!

Greenhouse (Photo by Douglas Sanchez on Unsplash)

Nice to Get Out!

I’ve been fighting the “winter blues” lately. Then again, I tend to have to fight the “winter blues” at many random points of any given year. So ya, it’s probably just the usual depression. So my lovely and supportive wife thought we needed to change things up and have a change of atmosphere. How to […]

Houses (Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash)

How Small Can We Go?

Lisa and I are considering selling our Toronto condo and replacing it with a smaller space. We presently live in a 2-bedroom that’s over 700 sq. feet. One of the 2 bedrooms is our office. It’s a nice place…we enjoy it. But the idea of getting rid of more stuff and buying a one bedroom […]

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New Year. New Gut. New Resolve – PART 2

Follow-up to last week’s post…week 2 of the intense fast/cleanse is complete and since I’m physically able to type this post, I guess I survived:)! After a week 1 that featured just water and plain soup broth, week 2 felt like such a delight since I was able to eat one different green vegetable per […]

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New Year. New Gut. New Resolve

I spent a 7-day transition from 2018 to 2019 executing an intense fast/cleanse. The one and only time I had fasted was 20 years ago but I did not last a full week. This time I did, living off of water and soup broth. To say that this was an incredibly demanding physical and mental […]

Piano Christmas

‘Tis the Season to Reflect, Celebrate and Give Thanks

As I write this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table looking at the Christmas tree that my wife and I lovingly decorate every year and a nice little red poinsettia that a friend brought over to our condo earlier this week. Yes, it’s official…I’m in the Christmas spirit! Whoever decided that Christmas should take place […]

Toronto Bucket List

Toronto Bucket List

I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years and I feel like I’ve experienced everything that this city has to offer. But after giving it some thought, there’s definitely some places and events I would so very much like to experience… 1. Leafs Game @ Scotiabank Arena – Back in the 1990s, I was fortunate to […]

Light thru the trees (Photo by Philipp Pilz on Unsplash)

Various Things I’m Telling Myself…

…this week in order to keep my spirits up: When I reach out to others asking for something, it’s not begging, it’s providing information. Even though I don’t think there’s hope in my future, there actually is…as long as I tell myself that there is. If a friend unfriends me on social media, it’s not […]

Condo Rules

Don’t Urinate On My Building!

The Toronto condo in which I live is overseen by a very thorough and competent property manager and staff. Our condo board has bylaws in place and the property manager is like a focussed, stone-faced sheriff from a Western enforcing the law. At times, if any resident strays off course in respecting the rules, they […]

Frank Horvat Facebook Chat

Music, Mental Health and Life

In anticipation of my Piano Therapy Concert in Toronto this coming Wednesday Oct 10, I decided to chat with friends on Facebook this past week about my experiences of conquering depression and leading a happy and healthy life…

Talking with kids about depression (Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash)

Talking with Kids About Depression

Last weekend, I was teaching one of my piano students. At the end of their lesson, my student’s mom came in to ask me about my upcoming piano concert here in Toronto on October 10. She expressed their interest but wanted to ask me if the concert would be appropriate for my student to attend? […]