Miracle cures, elixirs promising you a longer life and of course snake oil! A cure for whatever ails you…

It’s hard to believe that, until the last 100 years or so, cures, liniments, nostrums and patent medicines were just about entirely unregulated. Clark Stanley’s Snake oil This wonderful Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil ad doesn’t hold back. The claim – that this liniment (a medicinal preparation in an oily, soapy, or alcoholic vehicle, intended to […]

Tips on the best walks for seniors: start with the best destinations

St. Lawrence Hall, Toronto. Photo courtesy Old Town Toronto, Photographer - Neil Muscott

When was the last time you hit the Bloor Street strip? Did you know that the stretch of Bloor St. between Bathurst and Avenue Road has 20 of the best walking destinations? Check out destinations like the Japan Foundation, the Bata Shoe Museum or the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and the Hot Docs Ted […]

Help Ryerson University with their brain research and you might learn something

Ryerson senior participant pool, 105 Bond St. Toronto. Photo courtesy of Google Street View

Seven laboratories at Ryerson University look to the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool for subjects to help with their brain research. They’re interested in all aspects of the aging brain. They would like to get to know you. You’ll get the chance to participate in some fun and fascinating work. Not only that, but you’ll be able to […]

See the best documentaries, hear experts and meet others with similar interests – and it’s affordable!

Rogers Hot Docs Theatre, Toronto

You may remember it as the Midtown Theatre, the Capri the Eden or the Bloor Cinema, but since 2016 it’s been known as the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Long a community cinema, the theatre now hosts some of Canada’s and the world’s best documentaries. There are also special documentary presentations, expert speakers and showcase […]

Looking back: Visit Toronto Archives online and enjoy the amazing changes since “way back when”.

Buttonville Airport 1960 aerial photo

Looking back is fun. I arrived in Toronto from Montreal in 1959, In the Sixties, I remember that a drive from my home in Bathurst Manor to Buttonville airport with my kids was an outing. A genuine event. Buttonville was out in farm country north of Toronto. Now the airport is being overwhelmed by growth. […]

What to do this weekend? Sample the refreshing world of craft beer in the GTA!

Old Flame Brewing Co., Port Perry - about an hour from Toronto. That’s a “flight” of beers in the photo - ideal for trying a few varieties of craft beer

So here’s the truth: I was searching for a blog theme and I thought, “How about craft breweries?” They’re popping up like mushrooms all over the GTA. Maybe they’d make a nice, ”what to do this weekend” change from the usual chain restaurant. So off I went. Well, what a lesson that was! If you […]

Magic tricks – amaze your grandkids with these easy-to-learn tricks!

magic trick with 5 of hearts being shown

It hit me out of the blue the other day. There’s a whole bunch of magic tricks that are easy to learn, easy to pull off and that will leave grandkids (and their parents) goggle eyed. Here, I’ve put together some links that include videos so you can learn them easily. It’s a good idea […]

Car for seniors: What’s best for you?

car for seniors

You used to have to think about everyone else – your daughter’s volleyball team had to fit, your son’s tuba had to fit… or maybe you had to have a car that matched your profession and looked good in a client’s driveway. Guess what? Now’s your time! So what is the best car for you? […]