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Quadriplegic #Photographer Reconnects with his Passion. #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti, and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen.

Our next post will be on March, 27th 2020.

If you would like to join us please click here!


 “If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.”~Roy T. Bennett


For many, their dreams of pursuing their passions get derailed for one reason or another, often tragically. Many however, find their way to reconnect with their passions and often in unexpected ways.

Loren Worthington at 21 years old dreamed of being a professional athlete when his future changed in an instant. An elbow to the spine during a game left Loren with an injury to his C5/6 vertebrae rendering his legs paralyzed and limited use of his upper body,  Loren knew his athletic career was over.

Almost two decades after he abandoned his dream, he found a way to pursue his passion for athletics, but this time from behind the lens of a camera. Though confined to a wheelchair, he taught himself to adapt using special equipment and he chose to capture others with disabilities to capture their strength, determination and abilities. Worthington has distinguished himself with his photographs of para-athletes and was requested to photograph the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The video below tells Loren’s story…

 

Check out Lorens’s website to learn more about this incredible photographer. https://www.worthingtonvisuals.com/index

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#NetGalley #Book #Review of The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold #UrbanFantasy #Noir

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The Last Smile in Sunder City

by Luke Arnold

Release Date: February 25th 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold from NetGalley and Orbit Books in order to read and give an honest review.

In his debut novel, author Luke Arnold does a masterful job with The Last Smile in Sunder City combining urban fantasy with the noir detective stories of old.

When magic disappears from Sunder city it leaves behind its magical creatures, powerless and living life like an average human. When a former vampire, now beloved old and frail teacher goes missing our protagonist Fetch Phillips is hired to find out what happened to him.  Some say he turned to dust or ran away some say his dedication to his students wouldn’t let him just leave.  Fetch a self-destructive, alcoholic living in his detective agency office, spending his days trying to assuage himself of his guilt-ridden past put himself in peril trying to get to the bottom of it. When a student goes missing too, he feels even more pressure to solve the case.  Sunder City feels like a bit of a character in itself, a typical noir city fraught with seedy back street bars, brothels and greasy spoons with disgusting food but excellent coffee.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I started but I have to say I was carried away, the characters, the pacing, the writer’s voice, his twisty plot turns, completely engaged me. With an intriguing mystery and interesting backstory, this is a fantastic book I highly recommend! I will definitely look forward to Mr Arnold’s future books.

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Say Hello to Cafe! An incredibly cuddly boy looking for his “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #Cat #AdoptDontShop #ScarboroughBluffsCatRelief

 

Meet Cafe

Cafe Feb 21 2020


Cafe is a handsome, affectionate lap cat looking for his forever home.
He is a one-year-old male, vet checked, neutered and vaccinated.
Cafe came to us through a phone call from a lady who had been feeding him on the street. He had been coming around for a few months but the lady was moving and wanted to see him settled in a home of his own. After being trapped and taken to the vet, he was pretty scared. In a short period of time, he felt comfortable enough to let his wonderful personality shine through.
Cafe loves to play with his other foster buddies and is extremely affectionate with people. He seeks out attention and is quite happy to stay on your lap, being petted and loved up.
For further information on Cafe or to meet him, please contact Katherine at getset2001@gmail.com.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

 

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#BookReview of #VoodooShanghai by Kristi Charish via @PenguinRandomCA #UrbanFantasy

 

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Voodoo Shanghai

The Kincaid Strange Series, Book Three

by Kristi Charish

Release date: February 18th, 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Lipstick Voodoo (The Kincaid Strange Series, Book Three) by Kristi Charish from Penguin Random House Canada in order to read and give an honest review.

… fast-paced mysteries with an urban fantasy/paranormal twist but with plenty of intelligence, wit and dark humour, making this series quirky, fun and extremely entertaining…

I am a huge fan of Kristi Charish so I was thrilled to get to review the third and final (?) offering from her Kincaid Strange Series. I really have fun with this series, the books are definitely fast-paced mysteries with an urban fantasy/paranormal twist but with plenty of intelligence, wit, and dark humour, making this series, quirky fun and extremely entertaining.   

Our protagonist, Paranormal Practitioner, Kincaid Strange, is on the case again picking up where Lipstick Voodoo leaves off with Kincaid now working as Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s spirit’s, new apprentice. Although no longer working for the Seattle PD, Kincaid is getting her life back together and she is finding a moderate amount of success.  When her ex Aaron, asks for her help on an investigation in Portland, a case involving the ghost of who they believe to be Martin Dane, the White Picket Fence Serial Killer her newfound success in on the line. Something doesn’t sit right with Kincaid, she knows she is not being told everything and it’s making her a bit wary of taking the case but a young girl is involved.  When she receives a warning from the other side, her curiosity and sense of justice prevail and she pursues it even if it means her walking into a trap.  When she arrives in Portland she runs into more trouble than she expected, a magic bog, missing ghosts, zombies and witches just to name a few.

I love Charish’s female protagonist in both this series, Kincaid Strange and her Owl books
She writes strong, smart and sassy but also flawed female characters which make them easy to find empathy for and appreciate.  Although not a fan of zombies, in particular, Charish writes them in a fun way that enhances the quirkiness of her books.

All in all, a fabulous fun read but with one doozy of a cliff hanger at the very end which I really hope indicates we won’t be seeing the last of Kincaid Strange!  If you are looking for a fun, intelligent and quirky urban fantasy, this book is for you.

 

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Meet Coco, an affectionate boy looking for his “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #AdoptDontShop #caturday

Meet Coco

Coco Feb 8 2020

**UPDATE: Great News! This handsome boy has finally found his “furever” home with an amazing family, and we couldn’t be happier!  

 

Coco is an absolute delight. This 1 1/2-year-old boy is playful, affectionate and knows how to get your attention by stepping on your foot, just to remind you he’s waiting. He has been vet checked, neutered and vaccinated. Coco was surrendered with his sister as the owners were unable to care for them. He’s comfortable around other cats, having been fostered in a multi-cat home. If you’re looking for a complete love bug, you’ve found him.

To meet this boy, visit him at Ren’s Pet Depot, 8 Lebovic Ave in Scarborough.

Or contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com for more information. Application forms are available at Ren’s.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

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#NetGalley #BookReview Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara #CrimeFiction #missingchildren

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

by Deepa Anappara

Release date: February 4th, 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara from Penguin Random House Canada and Netgalley in order to read and give an honest review.

“…atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read…”

Debut author and seasoned journalist, Deepa Anappara creates an atmospheric, heartbreaking and vivid portrayal of life in a basti when children go missing from an Indian slum. Bringing to light social issues, misogyny, religious conflict, police corruption, poverty, elitism and even a touch of folklore this book is more than meets the eye.

Obsessed with true-crime television, 9-year-old Jai dreams about becoming a detective.  When a classmate goes missing Jai and his friends Pari and Faiz decide to investigate when the local police are indifferent. “The Djinn Patrol” decides to look into the case but when more children are taken the case becomes much more than they bargained for and hits closer to home than they expected. 

Personally, this book is one that will stick with me for a long time.  The author brings to life vivid details in each and every scene, immersing the reader in the culture. Knowing that although fiction, much of the book is based on facts, is chilling.  The author also shares the tragic statistic that approximately 180 children go missing in India every day and that many never make the newspapers or are ever thoroughly investigated. Flawlessly written,  atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read that I would highly recommend!

 

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Two amazing kittens looking for their “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #AdoptDontShop

Meet Joey & Riley

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UPDATE: Although no longer at Ren’s these amazing boys are still up for adoption.  For more information contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com.


Joey and Riley are 5-month-old brothers looking for their “furever” home. They have been vet checked, fully de-wormed and up to date on their vaccines.

Sadly, these boys were abandoned with their mother and littermates by their previous owner and are looking for a secure, loving home to call their own. Both really love to interact with humans and are extremely affectionate and playful.

We would love to see them find a home together but can be adopted singly, as long as they have another furry friend to play with and keep them company. The adoption fee is $150 each and all funds go back to help other cats and kittens in need.

To meet the boys, visit them at Ren’s Pet Depot, 8 Lebovic Ave in Scarborough.

 

Contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com for more information. Application forms are available at Ren’s.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***