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This photo stirs up memories of a coffee shop on Roncy that no longer exists. I used to love the wild, bird-crazed garden out back, a mixture of streaming sunlight and cozy pools of gold-fleck-shaded tungsten lamplight inside, mismatched Formica tables, and the collection of thick ceramic 70s-era mugs they had amassed over the years from lawn sales, communes, truck stops, rodeos and various grandmothers’ kitchens.

Glad I captured this moment. sunny-coffee-shop

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I decided to repost one of my favourite posts of all time on Facebook. I felt like capturing it here because it was too easy to lose track of it otherwise. Because I think this post is a really  a good reminder to choose kindness every day, even when it is not the popular choice, even when it’s time consuming and you’re in a hurry, and yes even when the prospective recipient is making it challenging to do so by testing your patience or human decency.

Also, I really was overwhelmed and touched by the number of likes and comments I got from this note. It restored my faith in humanity a little, but, more importantly, helped me to restore some of my faith in myself. It had been a very difficult year, and this day still stands out to me as a corner I had chosen to turn for the better. About how one small act can have a ripple effect in a lot of unexpected ways. Of course, as with most things, that became more clear in retrospect.

Read the original post and comments in their entirety here.

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Cherry blossoms

In the springtime in High Park something strange and wonderful happens. People drift in ever widening groups like moths to a flame. The flames in this case are cherry trees, but I must admit they look much more like snow squalls than fire.

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3 a.m. insomnia

Sometimes the night becomes so muffled that it wakes you…

Fog is like a balm to me. I can breathe much deeper.

Sometimes the night is so muffled that it wakes you.

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This is one of my favourite photos that I have ever taken, and one of the last ones I shot using film (it’s all digital these days). Taken around midnight, just outside the Notre Dame Cathedral. In the rain, of course. If it looks familiar, it’s because this photo is also used in the banner of this blog, here it is without the cropping:

Rainy night in Paris

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