I have so much to be thankful for. I just spent a warm weekend hanging out with my best buds Mike and Vince, who have been anchors in my life for over twenty-five years. There's no better way to keep perspective than having your friends rally by your side when you're embarking on a new idea, or offering you counsel when they think you're biting off more than you can chew. And to count your blessings and your health while feasting on fresh food and your favourite drink in a warm comfortable environment makes it all the more richer. I am truly bursting with gratitude for the good fortune of having a loving family, kooky friends, supportive colleagues, endearing acquaintences and loyal clients. I am always thankful on Thankgiving but I don't always share it with the world. This little blog, new this year, allows me this gift.
Although the weekend was all sunshine and warm breezes, today the clouds have rolled in and there's a slight chill in the air. The leaves are changing quickly on the deciduous trees and beginning to drop, so today is the perfect time to get out in the city layered with a thick wool sweater, jeans, and my urban hiking boots. I'm going to take a long stroll and breathe in Thanksgiving. Given I plan to stop along the way for coffee and a bite, I'm taking a cool book to accompany me on my jaunt.
My friend and associate Ryan Roberts just gave me a copy (Thanks!) of the recently published "Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours Of Toronto" written by Shawn Micallef with illustrations by Marlena Zuber. Shawn, along with being an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and adorably smart, is a senior editor at the very cool Spacing Magazine. His book, a collection of thirty-two walks through the City of Toronto, weaves tidbits of urban history, social geography and endearing observation about city streets I'm on all the time but rarely pay attention to. Part of my inattention stems from my propensity to motor to appointments rather than walk, and when I am walking I'm usually engaging whomever I'm with. So today I'm going to learn from this urban master and observe life on the streets of Toronto alone brimming with gratitude. What a perfect Holiday!