March 20th was the first day of spring. I have heard the odd flock of geese flying in, and I even saw what I think was something green poking out of my garden bed, which I’m hoping is a tulip. Spring is my favourite season and always feels way overdue after the long winter here in Canada. Right now, winter is still with us. As I write this today, March 24th, Toronto has, ” A Severe Winter Storm Warning” in effect. Dismal, grey skies and freezing rain turning to snow. It’s upside down: The old saying, March comes in like…

Go there on holiday.  spend your money with small local businesses whenever possible, rather than large multinationals (although even that helps – they still employ Greeks). Your tourism is a form of resistance. You will have the time of your life while helping a nation brought to its knees by international monetary interests.

I love this article of architecture inside some of the world’s best opera houses: photographer David Leventi visited 40 opera houses to capture the extraordinary venues for his new book – My favourites are the one’s looking out to the audience from the artist’s perspective. The book, named simply Opera, is designed by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and manages to capture the theatrical nature of what’s inside; the cover is a trompe l’oeil rumple of red curtains from the Palais Garnier in Paris which open to reveal the large-format photographs. For those who live in New York City, the photographs are also currently on…

originally published on Huffington Post Thinking I’ve made a great new friend, I accept an invitation to dinner at their house. Shock and awe — or shock and fright — a giant moose head is mounted above the fireplace and a pair of huge antler light fixtures over the dining room table. Appetite successfully killed along with a total re-evalution of these new friends with whom it now seems I have very little in common after all, based on the various dead animals’ parts dotted around their house. I can just about handle a giant trophy fish tacked onto a wall,…