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TODAY IN LITERATURE – Some of the most powerful stories in Western civilization

TODAY IN LITERATURE – Some of the most powerful stories in Western civilization

“Stories are the way we organize our response to the world… Listening to others, and having them listen to you, is a way to grow..” So says American journalist and public commentator Bill Moyers. Moyers’ 1996 Mini-Series for PBS, Genesis: A Living Conversation, is a wonderful example of the two […]

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Walking with Socrates

Walking with Socrates

WALKING WITH SOCRATES This company offers learning vacations with a difference  By Laura Robin, Ottawa Citizen April 2, 2011   Ann Kirkland runs a company called Classical Pursuits that takes people on trips based on readings and ideas. She also puts on summer sessions at the University of Toronto with […]

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TODAY IN LITERATURE – Irish Literary Genius

TODAY IN LITERATURE – Irish Literary Genius

On March 17, my attention does not turn to cheap green beer. Rather, in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day and carrying on right through Bloomsday on June 16, I turn to Irish Literary Genius. The cultural milieu of Ireland has been shaped by the dynamic interplay between […]

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! Lost in Generation

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! Lost in Generation

  Do you text? Have you even heard  “to text’ used as a verb?  I confess that I find this emerging language both undecipherable and unpleasing. A typical text exchange: JW U ZZZ IWYWH G2G? W/E GAL Translation: “Just wondering how you are.” “ Bored and tired.” “I wonder whether […]

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THE INSTALLMENT PLAN – Twice Shy, by Seamus Heaney

 Twice Shy by Seamus Heaney Her scarf a la Bardot, In suede flats for the walk, She came with me one evening For air and friendly talk. We crossed the quiet river, Took the embankment walk. Traffic holding its breath, Sky a tense diaphragm: Dusk hung like a backcloth That […]

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VIDEO – First foray from a somewhat nervous Andrew Smith

VIDEO – First foray from a somewhat nervous Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is retired from a career in financial services. He had never studied literature or been in a book club when he first showed up at Toronto Pursuits in July 2007. He has become a regular. From his home in Toronto, Andrew reflects on why he decided to give it a […]

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Robin Roger sends her brain to bootcamp.

Robin Roger sends her brain to bootcamp.

    I’M SENDING MY BRAIN TO BOOTCAMPby Robin Roger Published in the Globe and Mail, February 15, 2011 A few years ago, I read The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge and embraced the neuroplastician’s credo: Use it or lose it. Since then I have devoted myself to a […]

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VIDEO – Classical Pursuits and the Pleasure Principle

Lynda Clark is a native Torontonian, a retired arts administrator, serious chorister, even more serious gardener, and curious about most things. Listen to why she has become a “repeat Classical Pursuits offender.” CLASSICAL PURSUITS – the pleasure principle

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Did you know Virginia Woolf was a knitter?

I was sent this article by my assistant, Eva Elo, who, like Virginia Woolf, is a knitter. It comes from an online knitting magazine, Knitting Daily. I pass it along to all those who are knitters and/or fans of Virginia Woolf. It now seems natural that Woolf, who was always […]

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FREE Soulpepper Theatre offer expires Dec. 31, 2010

FREE Soulpepper Theatre offer expires Dec. 31, 2010

Love good theatre? A complimentary premium ticket to either Tennesee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie or a dramatic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata is yours when you register for Toronto Pursuits before the end of this calendar year.* The Soulpepper Theatre evening will take place at the Young Centre for the […]

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