Say “see you later” to the Fox

May 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Say “see you later” to the Fox & Fiddle! (But not goodbye).

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Where to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto

May 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Where to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto

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Good vibes, cheap martinis at Hey Lucy

May 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Good vibes, cheap martinis at Hey Lucy

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Travelling on a mission

May 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm (kate, travel, Uncategorized) (, , )

A year and a half ago, I watched as my own mother was physically and emotionally broken down by stage 4 lung cancer. I can only hope that was the worst experience I’ll ever endure. Despite efforts, I had to eventually come to terms that denial was ineffective, and that I was completely incapable and unable of doing anything to stop it. Its grip came with a wrath that nobody and no medical treatment could control, reverse, or even hold off.

Throughout my mother’s entire life, she had one dream that overpowered most others. To be traveling through Europe, or more specifically, the South of France. Whether it was due to family, finance, or other forces, there was always something blocking the path of the Europe dream. In the early summer months of 2009, it finally became attainable. I could tell she was going to be a pretty agreeable travel companion while we planned our itinerary, as the only place she really cared about seeing was the French countryside…

Timing was definitely not on our side, as right when her ultimate dream was within reach for the very first time, it was snatched away in what felt like an instant.

Obviously there are countless upsetting angles, but one of the ones that still bothers me the most today, is that she was so close to achieving the one thing she wanted so, so badly. It is unfair, enraging and sad.

In ghost stories, you hear the term “unfinished business” a lot. I don’t believe in ghosts, but this is certainly a prime example of unfinished business. Although I’m not very spiritual, I feel I owe it to her to give the next best thing. I’m going to scatter my mother’s ashes across the countryside of Southern France. I’m not exactly what you would classify as “a believer”, (I wish that I was) but I’m confident I will feel better when this is done. The circumstances are not exactly ideal, but she will get there.

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Published Down Undah

May 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm (fiction, Gigs, Good Things, kate, News, Shameless Self Promotion, travel, Uncategorized, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

I have an affinity for Australia for a number of reasons. Kangaroos, the didgeridoo, Wallabies , Chris Lilley, a vast expanse of extraordinarily venomous yet fascinating creatures, the word bogan, and now I have possibly the best reason yet. They published one of my short stories on Australian Reader!
It’s called What Do You Know, check’er out
> Let’s get bogan

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Toronto Police step up search for Fair

May 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm (Uncategorized)

The Toronto Police Department has stepped up the search for Toronto for York U student Shane Fair, from a level two to a level three. Which means additional resources have been added to the case. I’m not sure exactly what those are, but it must be good. Any amount of exposure and media attention this case can get, the better! Downtown Toronto is plastered with posters and, I’m noticing many storefronts in the Beaches area are donning posters now as well.
Shane disappeared without warning or apparent reason two weeks ago, but there is still reason to have hope! He’s got military training, he’s a survivor. I commend his family for staying so strong and wish them all the best as the search continues.

Again, ANYONE with ANY info is urged to contact police at 416-808-3100, or to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

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May 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm (Local, Missing, News, Toronto, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

City News update.
Potentially disturbing new clue in the Shane Fair case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477,, or by texting TOR and your message to 274637.

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Because it’s Monday…

May 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

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The Origin!

April 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


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The Greatest City in the World.

April 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm (travel, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Times Square, NYC

Times Square, NYC

I’ve returned in one, bruised piece after my first trip to New York City. They aren’t kidding when they call it “the city that never sleeps”, but I now understand why the I heart NY icon is so popular. It’s the kind of place where the energy you feel just by being in its presence can only be understood by going there yourself.
If you should happen to be in the area, I recommend a midtown bar called Blockhead’s for $3 margarita’s and free chips and salsa.
bheadsA great atmosphere and totally cool people. Also, stop by the NYFD and say hello to the firemen of the city. nyfd
They are awesome, as are the NYPD, and they recommend some great local pubs and hangouts. Like Stout’s and O’Lunney’s where the best bartender’s are!
Times Square can be a madhouse and you’re most likely only among other tourists, but it’s still a must-see nonetheless. If your legs can handle it and you like to see everything, check out Greenwich Village and Soho for calmer, cooler vibe.
Lennon tribute in Central Park

Lennon tribute in Central Park

Pretty much all of Manhattan is a must see. I’m already planning a trip back.

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