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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? […]

Vegetables I Eat (photo by Anna Pelzer)

Vegetables I Eat Everyday

I don’t consider myself a foodie. However, I do consider food to be one of the most essential facets to my health & well-being. Battling Crohns and other auto-immune issues means that I follow a VERY strict diet. I’m “-free” everything: gluten, dairy, grain, legumes, alcohol, caffeine, pork, fish, and probably more things I can’t […]

Montrose Avenue, Toronto

The Most Important Day of My Life

When one looks back on one’s life, there are often special days that will jump out – wedding day, birthdays, etc. While I personally have fond memories of traditional days like these, another stands out for me most important of all – September 1, 1993. The day I moved to Toronto! It’s hard to believe […]

Lions

5 Things I’ve Never Shared Publicly…til now

1. I had a vasectomy 6 years ago. Not sure why I’ve never shared this. It’s nothing I’m ashamed of. In fact, I’m quite proud of it! When Lisa and I decided a number of years ago that we didn’t want to have kids, we decided that this is something I should do. At first, […]

Summertime and the living is easy (Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash)

Summertime and the Living is Cheaply

Earlier this week, my wife/manager, Lisa, and I had THE TALK. It’s the talk we have every June. It’s the talk where we sit in front of a spreadsheet and ponder how we are going to make ends meet during the summer months. I know that this is something that’s not unique to just us. […]

Longing - composed by Frank Horvat

Longing in Sound and Picture

This past week saw the release of the music video for my piano composition, Longing. My wife, Lisa, put’s together all of my videos. When the 4 new albums came out last fall, Lisa had the goal of creating a video for each of the 28 compositions from those 4 albums. Since then, she has […]

Family Clan

Family’s Important. But Language Is More.

In the past week, I received news of the passing of my Grand-Uncle Steve. My late paternal grandfather’s youngest brother was a hard-working and jovial man. Like many of his generation, he fled Communist Eastern Europe in the mid 20th Century in search of greater freedom and prosperity. Eventually, he settled in Manitoba, met a […]

Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash

Where I’d Like To Go!

Last week, I made a list of countries I have been fortunate to visit on this planet. While I’m very much a home body and creature of routine, I do enjoy traveling. There’s so much emotional and creative enrichment in seeing different places and experiencing different cultures and ways of life. Looking back, the 19 […]

Around the world (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

Countries I Have Visited…So Far

Canada, specifically… Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan United States of America, specifically… Arizona California Connecticut Delaware Florida Illinois Indiana Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island Utah Virginia Washington District of Columbia Belize Costa Rica Mexico Australia, […]

Hermit Crab

I Continue To Surprise Myself…

I continue to surprise myself emotionally. I always feel I would be most happy to be a loner. Every time I’m in the position of interacting with my fellow human in the various hats I wear in my life, I always dread the lead up to it. I just want to be home and by […]

Turtle Underwater (Photo by Cédric Frixon on Unsplash)

They Weren’t the Greatest Generation… We Are!

Recently, I watch a documentary on Netflix called Mission Blue. It chronicles the life work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, acclaimed marine biologist who has worked ceaselessly to research and advocate for the protection of the world’s oceans. If you are a Netflix subscriber, I can’t recommend enough that you watch this documentary. It gave me […]