Josh Middleman was the 4th of 7 children. His harried parents had few moments for him. From his 1st day at school, he felt invisible.
No one stopped him from joining in schoolyard games, although he was never a winner even when he won. When he graduated, they were one gown down & one cap short. Josh had to wear his suit. No one noticed. Although he graduated in the top 10 of his class, serious career positions eluded him. His life was a wreck.
One day he came upon a Clown College. Frustrated & bitter, he shuffled through the doors with an upside down smile on his face, and a tear in his eye.
“You’re in” shouted the Clown College recruiter, as he handed an enrolment form to Josh.
With a painted smile and a hidden heart, he graduated with honours.
As a clown, Josh made many laugh and feel happy. Others were crazy clown scared. Whatever, he was not invisible anymore. Josh Middleman was a “must have clown”for all children’s parties, parades and local promotions.
Eventually, he married and earned enough money to buy a home at Queen’s end. Here, Josh would don his ginormous clown’s shoes and think with glee, “In your face, unhappiness!”
A new Indigenous inspired mural, by Philip Cote, graces my hood; the Village of Roncesvalles.
A new to me song, by Buffy Saint Marie & throat singer Tanya Tagaq, graces my spirit. You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind) is the most powerful song I’ve ever heard.
I’M BLOWN AWAY
You could listen while perusing the rest of the mural, but I doubt you will be able to take your focus off of the intense performances.
Here are some of the murals hi-lights.
Philip Cote says about the mural “I am here doing a Sundance song to honour the ancestors and recognize where I come from”
Roncesvalles was originally settled by Colonel Walter O’Hara in 1850. O’Hara (Irish), a soldier in the British army was captured by the French in the Roncesvalles Gorge in Spain; hence the name Roncesvalles.
Pics taken by Resa – October & November 2018 & July 2019
The Artist: Philip Cote
Buffy, a multi-media artist, rose to prominence in the late 60’s, with the folk music movement. However, once she began using her voice to support native causes, her songs were censored in the USA, and yanked from playlists.
Someone said (paraphrasing) It’s amazing how afraid powerful men in suits are, of a girl with a guitar.
The cat lives in an alley, in a piece of alley art, somewhere in Little Italy.
Sam The Record Man is part of Toronto’s history.
So are the many delicious Italian restaurants that grace our city. As a vegetarian, I’m always guaranteed a yummy meal, at an Italian restaurant. Okay, I’m a pasta junkie, but the ultimate is Fiori di Zucca.
It is zucchini flowers tossed in flour, and flash fried. This is the one I love. Some are stuffed with ricotta & mint or bocconcini & dipped in a batter. There are many variations. A generous squeeze of lemon, on the crispy delights, is a must.