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The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

A guest blog post by Mark Cwik I’ve been reading quite a bit in the last few months about the frontier and the American West, and I’m struck by how deep, pervasive and suggestive the idea of the West is for us in North America. It is almost impossible to […]

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GUEST BLOG — Ann Sofia Visits Literary Iceland

GUEST BLOG — Ann Sofia Visits Literary Iceland

By Ann Sofia As an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/Great Books participant, I joined the Worldwide Quest tour group affiliated with Classical Pursuits of Toronto for a late-summer visit to Iceland. This small island nation is home to some of the toughest, most self-reliant Norse descendants who are also among the […]

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GUEST BLOG — The Final Cut

GUEST BLOG — The Final Cut

Mark and Ann just finished final decision-making for the reading for our Classical Pursuits trip to Colombia. Read about the process of book selection for the trip by leader Mark Cwik: Book selection for a Classical Pursuits trip begins at the same time as the idea for the trip itself. […]

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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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GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 3)

GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 3)

Day 8 (September 6): The Saga Circle Another amazing day, and the last of our bus adventures outside Reykjavik. This time we travelled along the ‎southwestern coast heading north. We drove through a 3-mile long tunnel in bedrock beneath the water to cross the ‎Hvalfjord on our way to the Borgafjord […]

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GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 2)

GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 2)

Day 5 (September 3): Smaratun and Saga Museum  The view from my farm window this morning was giant white turkeys. The male could have been my height, but his plumage would have made him too wide to go through that little church door at Thingvellir! We had a late and […]

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GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 1)

GUEST BLOG — Bobbi Speck on Incredible Iceland (Part 1)

In this three-part post, the intrepid Bobbi (aka Borghilde) Speck gives us all the news that’s fit to print on Literary Iceland: Isle of Awe, 2014. Led by Mark Cwik and Ann Kirkland, a group of travellers read, ate, and hiked their way through this astonishing country. Did they encounter any […]

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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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GUEST BLOG — Realism With a Dash of Magic in Colombia by Mark Cwik

GUEST BLOG — Realism With a Dash of Magic in Colombia by Mark Cwik

A couple of years ago, a friend in Bogota told me a joke that he says Colombians tell on themselves. It runs something like this: “When God was creating the world, He was especially generous when it came to Colombia. He gave it the lush Amazon, the spectacular Andes, the […]

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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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