Sunday, January 23, 2022


 One Word Sunday

Mesa Verde National Park Colorado

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Lodge Interior, Lake O'Hara
J.E.H. MacDonald 1925

We saw the original last fall when we visited the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery.

Our photo of the original.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Olde Bakery

Ingersoll ON

January 2022 - Toronto ON

This was Saturday's weather warning.

Shawn Mendes' latest video has Toronto as the backdrop.

It looks like our "modified" step 2 lockdown will not be ending as planned on January 26...

We were promised a snow storm and we got one!

The kids were supposed to go back to school on Monday but that didn't happen.

This is what it looked like on Sunday night.

Monday morning when I looked out. Note that yellow truck going eastbound into Toronto. It was about 8:30.

9:54 yellow truck

They closed the Gardiner around 10, the DVP was also closed to enable getting the cars stuck in snowbanks out of the way - note the red car stuck going westbound. Westbound will also close. They are allowing cars to reverse and go down the on ramp.
Red Car will soon be plowed in.

Yellow truck still there, he did get out and walked around at one point.

Westbound plows - westbound not yet closed
Red Car was plowed in by them as you can see in the right bottom of the photo

10:49 note yellow trick, cars turning around 

Sand truck following plow

Police helping out, pushing cars. We still have no idea why nothing is moving

Cars have reversed in most cases, trucks can't

11:40 They have gone!

All gone except the white van, several police cruisers trying to help her get going

Now what was the problem?? I found these photos on Facebook taken by a resident in our building who lives in a unit facing east.

Remember the Red Car? Someone took this photo from another building as other drivers help him shovel out.

And this was the day's ending.

I noticed that our dishwasher had a puddle of water in the bottom. John drained a bucket from the bottom, we cleaned it. I contacted a appliance repair company and he came on Tuesday. This dishwasher was here when we moved in, 10 years ago, He confirmed it was 27 years old but it was GE American built. Seems motor is gone, replacement discontinued. Either ways, the floor was put in after the dishwasher so would entail breaking the tiles to get it out. So we will be washing dishes by hand for a while as we decide if we are ready to do a kitchen reno. The fridge, washer and dryer were also here when we moved in so we have got our money's worth out of them. I will start a story board of wants and needs.

Wednesday John had an appointment downtown.

 We decided we should tackle some put off items. Move stove to clean, clean cutlery drawer (declutter some knives). Continue cleaning kitchen drawers and get rid of and organize stuff. Clean some windows. Oh, well, the best intentions...

Make gluten free baguettes, we used the same bread flour as I used for the puff pastry and had the same problems, just not sticky enough. She has a video on her website so it was easy to see ours was not sticky like hers. We ordered another gluten free bread flour on Amazon.

By Thursday temperatures had plummeted into the -15 C feeling like -23 C during the day turning all that snow into icy concrete.

WOO HOO I finished our 2021 Year of Lockdowns recap.


Saturday roast turkey breast, homemade gravy, roast potatoes, mashed cauliflower and turnip.

Sunday short ribs slow cooker stew 

Monday hot turkey sandwiches and peas

Tuesday leftover stew, remaining peas and I made some colcannon

Wednesday Spanish chicken thighs and chorizo with the gluten free bagette

Thursday salmon, braised cabbage, mashed cauliflower with mustard sauce

Friday steak frites 


Non-Stop 2014 Liam Neeson, suspense thriller, entertaining.

Lost Bullet 2020 action thriller, French, cross between Fast and Furious and The Fugitive, I see a sequel coming

End of Watch 2012 action drama, friendship between cops, reality of gangs in LA, dark underbelly of life

Destroyer 2018 "neo-noir crime drama", Nicole Kidman like you've never seen, bank heist

We watched John Wick part 2 and 3. I couldn't count how many were killed, loved the Continental Hotel (their club), loved seeing Taylor from Billions. Part 4 soon to come.

Pencil kill scene

Nobody 2021 American action thriller film and stars Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher Lloyd, and Aleksey Serebryakov, and follows a bored family man who, after his house gets robbed, returns to his dangerous former life, which ultimately makes him the target of a vengeful drug lord.


I FINALLY finished The Madness of Crowds that I had mentioned last week. It took me forever as it was so boring.

I needed to read something different so I started the third in the series Fallen Angel.

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Return from Town
Lawren Harris 1911

Friday, January 21, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

The Hunter's Camp

I can feel the cold in this painting!

Weekend Roundup

 Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler

Starts with C
CRACK- chosen by Tom


I'm going to feature the many Toronto tattoo and cannabis outlets that are proliferating around the city.

Starts with C

CORNER Pocket Tattoo on Bloor St. W




Thursday, January 20, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

L'hiver après la tempête
Philip Surrey c. 1960

Philip Surrey CM RCA was a Canadian artist known for his figurative scenes of Montreal. A founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society, and Montreal Men's Press Club, Surrey was part of Montreal’s cultural elite during the late 1930s and 1940s.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Protect, Honour, Cherish
Lee Claremont ~ Mohawk n.d.

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day - T for Tuesday

I thought this was good for T for Tuesday!

Remains of a Breakfast 1
Joseph Plaskett 2005

Tuesday Treasures

I cannot find out who/what Glen Baillie was. I did find a Toronto police officer by that name who died in 2020, but I believe the lane has been named since the 1880s.
I am leaning towards it being a Scottish place name since the houses were built for English workers.

Walking along Spadina Avenue between College and Dundas streets, it is easy to miss the slip between two tall red-brick buildings that leads into Glen Baillie Place, a tiny residential oasis behind all the clamour of Chinatown. Down the alleyway, which is marked by the smell of food wafting from nearby noodle restaurants and dumpling shops, a surprisingly wide street appears. It’s lined on both sides by cottages that were built for English construction workers around 1888. The ones to the south are brick, with arched porticos, and the ones to the north have vinyl siding with pitched shingle roofs. In the gap between, kids bounce basketballs on the asphalt.


Wordless Wednesday Wordless Be There 2day

August 2021 - Paris ON

St. Thomas ON

Monday, January 17, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

 YAY we have snow!

Elizabeth Street, Toronto 
Peter Sheppard 1930

Martin Luther King

Reposting in honour of the anniversary of MLK's assassination.

Built around the former hotel where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. occurred in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum narrates the story of the African-American struggle for equality. Walk through the museum to explore exhibits chronicling some of the most significant moments in the country's history, including the infamous 1960s bus boycotts and sit-ins.

Other MLK posts:
Mural Rochester NY
Mural Memphis TN
Memorial Washington DC

I am warning you that this post will be photo heavy!

We stayed overnight in Memphis on our drive home this year. We've been here before so the main purpose was to visit the Martin Luther King Museum.

The story of the Lorraine Motel as written in The New Yorker.

The Lorraine Motel, located at 450 Mulberry Street, in downtown Memphis, opened its doors in the mid-twenties. It had sixteen rooms and stood just east of the Mississippi River. It was first named the Windsor Hotel, and later the Marquette Hotel. Then, in 1945, Walter and Loree Bailey bought it and named it after Loree, as well as the popular song “Sweet Lorraine,” which artists including Rudy Vallée, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole had recorded. The couple expanded the hotel by adding more guest rooms and drive-up access, transforming it into a motel.

As a hotel, the Windsor and the Marquette were all-white establishments. Under the Baileys’ ownership, the Lorraine Motel became a safe haven for black travellers and visitors to Memphis. The motel was listed in “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” also known as the Green Guide, a compilation of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, beauty parlors, barber shops, and other businesses that were friendly to African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Given the motel’s proximity to Beale Street and Stax Records, black songwriters and musicians would stay at the Lorraine while they were recording in Memphis. Negro League baseball players and the Harlem Globetrotters also spent time at the motel. The Baileys welcomed black and white guests, served home-cooked meals, and offered an upscale environment. Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole were all guests. As Isaac Hayes reminisced, “We’d go down to the Lorraine Motel and we’d lay by the pool and Mr. Bailey would bring us fried chicken and we’d eat ice cream. . . . We’d just frolic until the sun goes down and [then] we’d go back to work.” Two famous songs, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood,” were written at the motel.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was the Lorraine Motel’s most famous guest. He stayed at the motel numerous times while visiting the city, and again in the spring of 1968, when he came to Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers. On April 4, 1968, he stepped out of Room 306 and talked to friends in the parking lot below. He asked the saxophonist Ben Branch to play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the rally that evening. As King turned to walk back into his room, a bullet struck him in the neck, taking his life instantly. Loree Bailey suffered a stroke when she heard the shot fired. She died on April 9th, the same day as King’s funeral.

Walter Bailey continued to run the motel, but he never rented Room 306 again. He turned it into a memorial. The room has been preserved to capture exactly what it looked like on that tragic night. There are two beds. (King was sharing the room with Dr. Ralph Abernathy, a friend.) King’s bed was not fully made because he was not feeling well and had been lying down. Dishes left in the room were from the kitchen where Loree Bailey prepared food for the motel’s guests.

In 1982, Walter Bailey declared bankruptcy and stood by helplessly as his high-end establishment became a brothel. The Lorraine would have been sold at auction, but the Save the Lorraine organization bought it and decided to transform it into a museum.

The motel is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. Filled with artifacts, films, oral histories, and interactive media, the exhibits guide visitors through five centuries of history, from slave resistance to the numerous protests of the American civil-rights movement. 

The Lorraine Motel still stands on Mulberry Street. It is instantly recognizable, and appears as though suspended in another time. Two large cars—a white 1959 Dodge Royal with lime green fins and a white 1968 Cadillac—are parked in front of the motel, and the aqua doors to the rooms are numbered with a sparse font. 

The dulcet voice of the gospel singer and civil-rights activist Mahalia Jackson fills the small corridor where visitors can gaze into Room 306. (Jackson performed “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at his funeral).


Sculpted by Michael Pavlovsky Movement to Overcome

“The work is about the leaders of the civil rights movement,” he said. “But even more so, on a broader scale and a more accurate scale, it’s about the anonymous individuals that we know nothing about now that lived the civil rights struggle and participated in it. They are forgotten about. But the hundreds of images of human figures on that sculpture represent those anonymous individuals. That’s what makes it an epic approach to the work.”

Just try to imagine what people endured as part of the Atlantic slave trade in the late 1700s, when they were packed in ships and brought to this country as commodities, like grain or sugarcane.

Visitors may review the timeline of amendments and legislation that granted rights to African Americans, followed by the sequence of laws and Supreme Court decisions that struck down these gains and established "Separate but Equal" as the law of the land. Through historic photographs and legal text, visitors see the vibrancy of the black community despite segregation. Oral histories provide first-person accounts about life under Jim Crow.

The battle for desegregation of public schools took place on two fronts: in the courtroom and the classroom. This exhibit examines the landmark Supreme Court decision, the long legal battle and the slow pace of desegregation in public education across the country. Visitors can experience a multi-touch interactive mapping desegregation that explores how desegregation unfolded in states all over the country and also learn about historical events in their home states.


On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South.

The original lunch counter is here, along with three-dimensional figures sitting in at the counter and hecklers at their side. A film is projected behind the protesters, indicating their nonviolent direct action training followed by the ensuing protests and conflicts.


The Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which African Americans refused to ride city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest segregated seating, took place from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, and is regarded as the first large-scale demonstration against segregation in the U.S. On December 1, 1955, four days before the boycott began, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to yield her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus. She was arrested and fined. The boycott of public buses by blacks in Montgomery began on the day of Parks’ court hearing and lasted 381 days. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system, and one of the leaders of the boycott, a young pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68), emerged as a prominent national leader of the American civil rights movement in the wake of the action.

 In one of the museum's original exhibits, visitors can hear audio that's triggered by entering the bus. Three-dimensional figures are positioned on the sidewalk to indicate the significance of the women of Montgomery, who sustained the boycott. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is highlighted as an emerging leader of the movement, with audio of his speech delivered the first night of the boycott.

Click here to see the Rosa Parks sculpture in Grand Rapids Michigan.


The 1961 firebombing of a bus carrying 13 civil rights activists by a mob outside Anniston, Ala., became a rallying cry that brought hundreds of other black and white volunteers to the south to continue the Freedom Rides. 

Following a 1960 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in bus and train terminals, the Congress of Racial Equality initiated a new Freedom Ride in 1961. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee stepped in and took over the rides, sending hundreds of young people into the south. This exhibit also highlights the Kennedy administration's reluctance to step into the conflict during this Cold War period. In addition, histories of six Freedom Riders who were imprisoned in Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi are available.


Visitors are surrounded by large murals of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, with three-dimensional figures and signs fully immerse them within the setting. An audio excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech plays, and interactive tablets bring March participants to life with a click.


An interactive light box explains what African Americans were risking when they registered to vote: the safety of their families, their jobs and their congregations. Visitors can listen to a phone conversation as President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked together to pass the Voting Rights Act. Then, as visitors cross the Edmond Pettus Bridge, they walk into a monumental-sized screen of film on the Bloody Sunday attack on peaceful protestors. From there, visitors successfully march from Selma to Montgomery, culminating with Dr. King's delivery of the "How Long, Not Long" speech from steps of the Alabama state capitol.


On 1 February 1968, two Memphis garbage collectors, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck. Twelve days later, frustrated by the city’s response to the latest event in a long pattern of neglect and abuse of its black employees, 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike. Sanitation workers, led by garbage-collector-turned-union-organizer, T. O. Jones, and supported by the president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Jerry Wurf, demanded recognition of their union, better safety standards, and a decent wage.

This gallery expands the story of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike. New videos feature Rev. James Lawson and T.O. Jones, who courageously waged the battle on behalf of striking sanitation workers. The iconic strikers with the "I Am a Man" signs and the garbage truck from the original exhibition are here. Film documenting the sanitation strike is projected upon the garbage truck. New to the exhibit is the Mountaintop Theatre, showing the powerful "Mountaintop" speech, the last one Dr. King gave the evening before he died.


The Black Power exhibit shares the rise and fall of one of the most influential, yet often misunderstood, movements in the civil rights struggle. Interpretation of the Black Power movement explains it as a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement rather than a radical new movement.


April 4 began uneventfully. Dr. King and his aides spent the day at the Lorraine Motel, waiting for Reverend James Lawson and Reverend Andrew Young to return with news of whether the federal court would lift the ban on holding a sanitation workers march. The mood was light. Dr. King shared jokes and laughs with his brother, A. D. King, and the pair enjoyed a phone call with their parents. Rev. Young finally arrived around 5 o'clock. King playfully started a pillow fight with Young for not keeping him informed throughout the day. Within an hour, Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles arrived to take the group to dinner at his home. Unbeknownst to them, an assassin lay in wait across Mulberry Street, with a rifle ready to fire.

Across the street is the Legacy Building.

A visit to the Legacy Building (the boarding house from where the assassin's shot was allegedly fired) begins with the American Civil Rights Movement Timeline. The timeline encapsulates in chronological order the history once presented in the Lorraine exhibits up to the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the second floor of the Legacy Building, the history continues with the investigation of the assassination, the case against James Earl Ray, and ensuing conspiracy theories. The first floor exhibits illustrate the Movement’s impact on human rights efforts globally and end with a call to action for all to continue the legacy of the American civil rights movement.

Across Mulberry Street, 283 feet away, is the boarding-house window from which James Earl Ray, a convicted bank robber who escaped from prison, is believed to have fired the fatal round. Walk around the corner to Main Street and you can stand on the pavement where the fleeing Ray, perhaps spooked by two police cars parked nearby, dropped a bundle of items — including a high-powered hunting rifle with a scope, a transistor radio with his prison inmate number scratched on it and a six-pack of Schlitz, all bearing his fingerprints — before driving off in a flashy white Mustang.

The narrow, shabby room Ray rented and the adjacent bathroom from which he fired have been restored to the condition they were in at the time of the assassination.

The view from the window across to the Lorraine Hotel. The distance between Ray's window and King's balcony is just 207 feet, an easy shot for even an average marksman.

The wooden window sill on which he steadied his rifle.