What have I learned over the past few months?

My Digital Strategy course at U of T that got me to start this blog is drawing to a close.

I’ve enjoyed the experience and my plan is to continue publishing posts and profiles thanks to the many positive comments I’ve received from readers. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it.

But what have I learned? Take a look inside and you’ll find out.

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Falling for the falls

Beth and I recently travelled to Thunder Bay for our summer vacation. I had been to Thunder Bay once before, web only long enough to see the Sleeping Giant and eat at the Hoito. Beth had never seen northern Ontario, troche and she wanted to change that. I would get to eat at the Hoito again. It was a win-win.

We had a lovely time in the city and surrounding region, stomach enjoying the food and the sights, and it was a short trip to a nearby provincial park that was the highlight of our four days at the top of the great lakes.

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If it weren’t for scallop dragging … a profile of my father

Today, my dad turns 75. Quite the milestone. I’d say that it makes me feel old, but he’s the one at the three-quarters-of-a-century mark and so I’ll leave such comments to him.

I was fortunate a few months ago to spend a weekend with him and his wife, Cindy, at their home near Boston. I was taking a history course at Ryerson University and for our term paper we were asked to answer the question: “What global and local historical forces brought you to be residing in your current hometown in Canada?”

His decision to leave Campobello Island, New Brunswick, at 18 for Ontario obviously played a big part in my being born and raised here. And while we didn’t discuss historical forces, I did learn a lot about his life growing up and his choice to come to a new place.

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