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Bow River, Banff, Alberta

Banff – Final Week Recap

What an amazing 4 weeks it’s been in Banff! From Week 1’s physical intensity to Week 2 and 3’s beautiful and inspiring views, it’s culminated so nicely in this final week of intense composing…with just a bit more hiking thrown in there… Hike #8 – In Town You actually don’t have to leave the town […]

Lake Agnes

Banff – Week 1 Recap

Yes, I am presently in Banff! And as a Canadian musician, all I can say is FINALLY! It’s been my lifelong dream to come here and make music, and my dream has come true. I was actually supposed to be here August 2020 but the pandemic delayed it until now. The Banff Centre campus is […]

Trees

shinrin yoku

One the simple pleasures for me this summer has been to sit under trees in our neighbourhood park. Their shade coupled with the breeze off Lake Ontario has been truly refreshing, cleansing and therapeutic. I recently discovered that there’s a name for such a thing…forest bathing! Known as shinrin yoku, it’s an accepted part of […]

Berry Coconut Cheesecake

Berry Berry Fun & Yummy

It being summer, Lisa and I felt compelled to make our berry torte this week. It tastes SO GOOD!! It’s just the right balance of tart and sweet. It’s got a nice thin crust made from dates and the top part is this amazing taste explosion of berries. We also like to sprinkle some coconut […]

Pristine Urban Nature

Pristine Urban Nature

Each morning, I take a walk along a remote gravel path surrounded by an endless lake, flowers, trees (some of which grow fruit), birds and various other furry creatures. You might think that I live in a rural area, but this park is actually in my home city (and busy metropolis) of Toronto. I’ve often […]

Nourished Roots with Haley and Paddy at the farmer's market

Shout-Out to the Farmers!

One of the wonderful initiatives in my Toronto community is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. From May to October, a good chunk of our vegetables come from Haley and Paddy and their Nourished Roots organic farm. Their stand at the market is brimming with the most colourful, nutritious, and yummy produce you can get. They’ve […]

Last 5 Books

Last 5 Books I’ve Read

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason It’s basically a self-help book on managing your personal finances but the messaging is told through a variety of short parables set in ancient Babylon. The book was written in the 1920s so its tone seems a bit not up to par for what would be […]

Happy

How to be Happy in a Troubled World

It’s been a month since I released my latest album, Happiness in a Troubled World. And while I have been appreciative of the positive and heartfelt feedback the album has received, having it “out there” has gotten me to think more deeply about specific practical things I’m doing to stay happy in these troubling times. […]

We like you (Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash)

Finding Our Common Humanity

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 14, The Dalai Lama says… “If we appreciate our social nature and the need to work cooperatively with each other, naturally we will pay attention to others’ welfare. This […]

I'll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams. (Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash)

“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

In 1943, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent composed one of my favourite songs, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. One of my favourite lines in the song is, “Christmas Eve will find me, where the lovelight gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” If only Gannon would have known how poignant their […]

Trust (Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash)

Inner Happiness, Outer Happiness and Trust

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 12, The Dalai Lama says… “Trust can contribute to one’s happiness on an individual level. A feeling of mistrust can lead to a suspicious, fearful attitude, and more mental […]

Happy face (Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash)

Hope, Optimism and Resilience

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 11, The Dalai Lama quotes one of his favourite passages from Shantideva… “As long as space remains, as long as sentient beings remain, until then, may I too remain, […]

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

Coping with a Troubled World

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 10, The Dalai Lama states… “Much of our suffering in life is caused not by external causes but by internal events such as the arising of disturbing emotions. And […]

Qc 89 10_HORVAT-1989 hungary geese gaggle

Tribute to Another Frank Horvat

This past week, I heard of the passing of famed photographer, Frank Horvat, at the age of 92. I came upon Mr. Horvat’s work back in the 1990s when I googled myself (I know…that’s vain). Having just started my professional music career, there was not much content online about me, however there was much to […]