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GUEST BLOG – Rosemary Gould on Civil War trip: understanding the Confederate experience

GUEST BLOG – Rosemary Gould on Civil War trip: understanding the Confederate experience

Rosemary Gould, of Charlottesville, Virginia, will lead our trip, The American Civil War, to Richmond, Virginia from March 1-5,2013. Rosemary has led numerous poetry seminars at Toronto Pursuits and the wonderful 2011 trip , Thomas Jefferson at Home. On the Civil War trip, she hopes to discover, together with other non-partisans, what […]

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GUEST BLOG – Gary Schoepfel from the Mekong

When I travel I sometimes forget my ears. I venture out with camera in hand and eyes wide open.  I search for the perfect photo op: that traffic stopping almond-eyed girl, the perfect sunset or moon rise, the Buddhist monk wrapped in mysterious yellow-orange, the twilight mountain silhouette, or that […]

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GUEST BLOG – Colin Campbell, from Toronto, tries to understand Vietnamese communism

GUEST BLOG – Colin Campbell, from Toronto, tries to understand Vietnamese communism

Trying to explain Vietnam in a few sentences is like trying to complete a large abstract motif jigsaw puzzle in one quick setting. There is no one quick way and understanding comes from many discussions with both locals and fellow travellers. There is no one way of understanding, and things […]

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GUEST BLOG – Reflections on the Camino de Santiago by Sergio Vasquez

I finished my pilgrimage two weeks ago and, with my ideas for the most part now consolidated, I enjoy reflecting on the moments I lived so intensely. Sometimes, it seems to me as if the whole thing had been a wonderful dream that has left lasting, crisp scenes in my […]

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GUEST BLOG – On the Camino with Sergio Vazquez

GUEST BLOG – On the Camino with Sergio Vazquez

I received an email the other day from Toronto friend, Sergio (aka Serge) Vazquez, who is making his second attempt at walking the Camino in his native Spain. I find his account inspiring and beautifully written. I pass it along for those who will be joining me on the Camino […]

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GUEST BLOG: Larry French’s week at Toronto Pursuits

GUEST BLOG: Larry French’s week at Toronto Pursuits

My week at Classical Pursuits, Summer 2012 [editor’s note: due to a technical glitch, publication of this post was slightly delayed, and Larry’s Friday wrap-up appears before this one.  My apologies to Larry. -LN] The Eve: There was a sound of revelry by night. I watch the wonderful 80th birthday […]

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GUEST BLOG – Friday Wrap-up

GUEST BLOG – Friday Wrap-up

Submitted by Larry French, Toronto I am writing this final blog from the Alumni Hall surrounded by live spoken poetry thanks to Faith and her team. Words caroming around me as I think of our final Terrible Beauty session, a more than lively round the table exploration of Heaney’s memoriam […]

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GUEST BLOG: TRAVEL DINNER: A Classical Potpourri

submitted by Bobbi Speck, Toronto [singlepic id=160 w=320 h=240 float=right] On Wednesday night the Vic foyer was a hive of festivity as Classical Pursuers, our hands and minds freed of weighty texts, buzzed about sampling beverages and appetizers. Along the room’s perimeter a smorgasbord of flag festooned tables beckoned us […]

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie and Fae on Magic Mountain

[singlepic id=159 w=320 h=240 float=center] Leslie Sauber: Where else could you meet with 14 people who have all just finished reading a 700 page novel of ideas and boarding school shenanigans?  AND with a group member fluent in German and several participants who speak a smattering of French, Italian and […]

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GUEST BLOG: Making friends with Montaigne

GUEST BLOG: Making friends with Montaigne

“Montaigne is even capable of writing a sentence with a triple negative. We were not willing not to work through such writing lest we not understand, (I think – maybe not).”

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