Articles by: Ann

TORONTO PURSUITS – Evolution of the Darwinians

TORONTO PURSUITS – Evolution of  the Darwinians

In July 2013, at Toronto Pursuits, a bunch of inquiring adults gathered each morning for a week to discuss the works of Charles Darwin. Some in the group were anxious and uncertain about their choice of material – calling to ask about switching seminars because they found the material tough […]

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ANN’S MUSINGS – a favourite poem to kick off Poetry Month, 2014

ANN’S MUSINGS – a favourite poem to kick off Poetry Month, 2014

Musee des Beaux Arts -W. H. Auden               About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Dubai’s Cultural Metamorphosis (Part 1)

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Dubai’s Cultural Metamorphosis (Part 1)

It has been a long and brutal winter in Toronto. So when I was invited to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in early March, I took only a few minutes to respond with an eager yes. It’s not that I knew much about Dubai or had harboured a desire […]

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GUEST POST — Getting Into the Spirit of the Qur’an by Don Whitfield

GUEST POST — Getting Into the Spirit of the Qur’an by Don Whitfield

Dear Fellow Rumi-nators, I hope that you have been able to get copies of the two books for our seminar this summer, The Prophet and the Poet: Reciting God. As I have started to prepare for the seminar, my focus has been on the Ma’navi of Rumi, the first book […]

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GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

Ashish, you have given us a great and wonder-filled gift: India You have given us India’s sights: • Palaces and mountains, • Lakes and mighty forts, • Tombs and gardens, elephants, Persian wells, and Punjabi suits, • Temples and mustard fields, • Tools to read the heavens and camels, • […]

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GUEST POST – Breaking Out of Cocoons with Üstün Bilgen-Reinart

GUEST POST – Breaking Out of Cocoons with Üstün Bilgen-Reinart

Dear breakers-out of cocoons, How to confront tough issues compassionately? This is a question that I keep asking as I prepare for our seminar and reflect on my own literary and actual journeys across cultures. Together, we’ll explore two books by two very different women, Egyptian Alifa Rifaat (1930–1996), and […]

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GUEST POST – Spare Beauty and Epic Literature in Iceland with Mark Cwik

GUEST POST – Spare Beauty and Epic Literature in Iceland with Mark Cwik

Iceland is stark and stunning. It’s everything the travel brochures say it is: beautiful in a way that’s hard to imagine without visiting. When I travelled to Iceland a few years ago, I couldn’t get enough of the glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and gorges, the vast lava fields and the miles […]

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GUEST POST – Happy Year of the Horse from Lisa Pasold

GUEST POST – Happy Year of the Horse from Lisa Pasold

Gung Hei Fatt Choi! (or Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin) Happy Lunar New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Horse! I’m celebrating by rereading two fascinating memoirs about twentieth-century China: Anchee Min’s Red Azalea and Jan Wong’s Red China Blues. With the seminar “Living the Red Revolution,” I’m looking […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

This past fall I took my soul for a stroll. When I set out from León, Spain, with Santiago on my mind, I had no notion of just how much that undefinable part of me wanted to walk. Apparently, it had been whispering to me for some time. Apparently, I […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Gary Schoepfel Talks Turkey

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Gary Schoepfel Talks Turkey

So many things meet at the Bosphorus: continents, East and West, mosque and basilica, silk hijab and leather skirt, ancient ruins and post-modern skyscrapers, tribal sensitivities and nationalistic pride, complex history and a hope-filled future, 100 different tongues… May I tell you who I met up with on my recent […]

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