Articles by: Ann

ANN’S MUSINGS – My secret life as a …

ANN’S MUSINGS – My secret life as a …

professional urban planner was short-lived but left an indelible mark on me. From my late teens, I wanted to be an architect but was roundly discouraged during my initial drawing class as an undergraduate. Not because I could not draw, but because, I was told, there would be no future […]

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GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

Eureka! The Stratford Festival Excursion  (July 17–19, 2015) You are invited to join us for the Stratford Excursion. We have limited seating available and hope you will not procrastinate. There has been an unexpected early rush and we are over 50 percent booked already. We have announced the plays on […]

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GUEST BLOG — Why We Discuss?

GUEST BLOG — Why We Discuss?

I’ve spent the better part of my professional life encouraging people to talk about books, and not just any books, great books. It turns out that these great books are often times difficult books too. Occasionally I get the prickly questions: Why would a bunch of equally ignorant people even […]

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GUEST BLOG – Travelling with Books

GUEST BLOG – Travelling with Books

I think we read and we travel for many of the same reasons. We like to visit new places and experience new things. Books are a kind of travel by imagination. Although I’ve travelled a fair bit, and I’ve read quite a lot, I’d never combined the two until I […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Iceland, an unlikely nation

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Iceland, an unlikely nation

This is a personal reflection on our trip to Literary Iceland. Like all Classical Pursuits trips, I expected my prior reading and on site discussions, coupled with unrushed and thoughtful travel, to deepen my understanding of a people and a place. In this instance, before leaving home, I had formed […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Iceland in images

These were taken with my phone. Better pics are bound to come from those with serious cameras and better eyes. Music is Icelandic, a free download. Iceland in words can be found here, ON THE ROAD WITH ANN — Iceland, an unlikely nation   and here, GUEST BLOG – Bobbi Speck on incredible Iceland

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On the Road with Ann — A Fabulous Evening at Harpa Hall

On the Road with Ann — A Fabulous Evening at Harpa Hall

Tonight far surpassed our expectations. Renowned soprano Lilja Gudmundsdottir and world-acclaimed bass Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, accompanied by a great pianist, sang a wonderful array of Icelandic songs. Many sounded very much like German lieder, and one sounded very much like Schubert/Goethe’s “Erlkönig,” a piece that figures prominently in the first […]

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On the Road with Ann — Touching Down in Iceland

On the Road with Ann — Touching Down in Iceland

My first impressions of Iceland were that I found it reminiscent of Newfoundland. And yes, they do wear Icelandic sweaters. Only 320,000 people in entire country. We have a great guide whose early years were spent in Nova Scotia. And yes, like just about everyone here, she’s a writer. Working […]

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GUEST BLOG – Once there was; once there wasn’t

by Alissa Simon, Tutor at Harrison Middleton University, Tempe Arizona (first posted on the HMU website) Once there was; once there wasn’t….* I am blessed with many things, one of which is an excellent job. I read and discuss literature for a living. Everyday a piece of literature blows me […]

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Thoughts from Day Two of Toronto Pursuits 2014

Thoughts from Day Two of Toronto Pursuits 2014

Another wonderful day at Toronto Pursuits! Tonight we had a great dinner (after an amazing Indian lunch). We spent some time looking at all of the places you can go with Classical Pursuits and heard from travelers and tour leaders about the unique experiences offered by these one-of-a-kind trips. Previous attendees […]

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