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There it was, right in front of me. It was an experience of sudden and striking realization, an epiphany, if you will.

Full disclosure here, I am what could be called an extreme David Bowie fan. I could go on about it all day but I will try not to. It usually gets a bit over the top, then turns messy and becomes a little (understatement) embarrassing. Suffice it to say I follow several David Bowie groups/pages on facebook including his wife Iman. Blissfully, I am greeted with photos and anecdotes about him each and every morning. One of my groups posted this recently.

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It struck me like a lightening bolt (that epiphny thing). How amazing would it be for Cameron Monaghan to do a movie along the lines of Bohemian Rhapsody, about David Bowie? He would be perfect! For those of you not familiar with Cameron’s work (I really can’t believe that is possible) we litterally watched him grow up over 10 seasons as Ian Gallagher on Shameless.

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He is also know for playing twins Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska (eventually the Joker) in Gotham.

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Monaghan is more than your average chameleon, much like David Bowie.

“Why is this so important to you, Michelle?” You might ask. There is nothing worse than sitting through a bad movie/show about something or someone you care about cringing the whole time. Right now there are at least two really bad David Bowie pieces airing. They are crap. Sorry. That’s as kind as I can be.

My favourite book in the world is Trinity by Leon Uris. It was one of many Leon Uris best sellers including Exodus which was made into a movie by Otto Preminger with Paul Newman as the lead and QB VII which was made into a mini series with Anthony Hopkins and Ben Gazzara.

I first read Trinity the year it was published,1976, and I re-read this book once a year, every March, until recently. I even wanted to name my children after the hero of the piece.

“This book follows the events of an Irishman named Conor Larkin who, by nature, was larger than life.  It is a sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the “terrible beauty” of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom. It is the electrifying story of an idealistic young Catholic rebel and the valiant and beautiful Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join his cause. It is a tale of love and danger, of triumph at an unthinkable costa magnificent portrait of a people divided by class, faith, and prejudicean unforgettable saga of the fires that devastated a majestic land… and the unquenchable flames that burn in the human heart.”

Why this book was never made into a movie is beyond me. It would be along the same lines as Braveheart, an epic historical fiction film based on the life of William Wallace the Scottish warrior starring and directed by Mel Gibson.

At some point Liam Neeson wondered onto a screen I was glued to. I’m afraid I don’t even remember which of his brilliant performances it was (probably Rob Roy) . All I knew for sure was that this was our Conor Larkin, the hero of my favourite book. I obsessed about it but had no clue as to how to make it happen. In my naivete I just knew someone would see what I saw and know what I know and that Trinity would become an epic movie starring Liam Neeson. Needless to say, that never happened and I was heartbroken. Hollywood missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Now all I have to do is figure out how to not have this happen again. Is it to late for me to become a casting agent for some big wig Hollywood Studio? Probably. A girl can dream though. Liam will always be my Conor and I imagine Cameron will always be my Bowie.



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Today I saw the salmon “run” and it was amazing! I had never witnessed this before and found it fascinating. There were thousands of them! The mass of salmon was so thick it did indeed look like they were running a marathon and they were jumping and crawling over each other to get ahead. Now, please don’t get the idea that I am taking an interest because I am any kind of angler. I have been fishing twice in my life and only once caught a fish. Ok, I didn’t really catch it. It was a catfish and when I reeled it in it turned out I had hit it over the head with my cast and the hook had stuck in the top of its head.

The thing is, I almost missed this miracle of nature because I live next door to William H. Macy. No, I am not talking about the William H. Macy in FargoMarmadukeWild Hogs or PleasantvilleNo, no, no! I am talking about the William H. Macy of Shameless.

William H. Macy in "Shameless"

Yes, my neighbor bares a remarkable resemblance to Frank Gallagher in more ways than one.

In the just over a year I have lived here, He-Who and I have been regaled with tales of the neighborhood ― all the dangers and terrors and weirdness that is abundant where we live. Not knowing anything about the area, we took all these stories to heart and pretty much stayed indoors. Then, in June, I started walking. Always in the bright of day, I would do 5k, sticking to the main streets and crossing with the lights. And every day I walked by the entrance to a trail that was just steps from my front door. 138 steps to be precise. That’s right, I counted. Of course our “Frank” told us about all the horrible things that happen on that trail so I stayed off it.  On the other hand, twice in one week I witnessed vehicles whose drivers had lost control and ended up on the sidewalk. One of those times I was very lucky that the light turned red, stopping me just as I was about to step into the street. Had I made it across the road I would have wound up under that car.

These things make He-Who nervous. He was getting antsy about my walks, especially because I was threatening to widen my horizons. Finally, He-Who decided that he would accompany me and we would brave the evil trail.

He-Who Braves The Trail

He-Who Braves The Trail

This was no ordinary path. It was beautiful. It was well kept, clean and paved. Surely this could not be the trail “Frank” had talked about. We walked for a ways in one direction and then turned around. We passed our starting point and went a wee bit in the opposite direction before He-Who left me to continue on my own and returned home. The next day he joined me again and went the entire 5k with me. I think I broke him as he pretty much slept the rest of the day, while I did some research on my computer. It turns out my trail is one of 22 paved pathways in Oshawa.

Oshawa’s Trail system totals almost 27 km of paved surface that provides citizens and visitors with opportunities for physical activity such as walking, running, cycling, rollerblading or bird watching. A safe and environmentally friendly way of getting to and from work, school, shopping, or a nearby park, the trails are a great place to gather and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.

Now, that may sound like it is right out of a brochure … well, actually it is.

My trail is called the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path and it is 7 km from start to finish. I love it!

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path

Surrounded by lush vegetation this paved path meanders along the picturesque Oshawa Creek valley with connections to Downtown Oshawa. The creek is home to the spring and fall trout and salmon runs.

I can vouch for the lush vegetation as you can see from the pictures.

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path

The path and bridges are very well-built and maintained.

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path - Bridges

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path - Bridges

Cyndi Walking with Aunty "M"

Cyndi Walking with Aunty “M”

Benches and garbage containers are placed generously along the sides of the path. Grass is trimmed and waste receptacles are emptied.

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path

The paths are monitored by police officers on bicycles so safety is not an issue. Oh, have I mentioned that this trail ends at a lovely sandy beach?

Beach at end of trail 2012


Every day I see families walking and biking; exercisers running, walking and cycling; couples taking leisurely strolls; and anglers fishing. I have yet to see any of the horrors I had been told existed on the trail.  There is even a Trail Users Code:

  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Please stay on the paved trail.
  • Hunting is not permitted.
  • Abide by the signs regarding permitted trail use.
  • Cyclists must keep right, use a bell or verbal indication when passing, travel at moderate speed, use caution around pedestrians and dismount when crossing streets.
  • Keep right to allow others to pass.
  • Keep the trails clean. Use the trash receptacles provided.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
  • Leave flowers, plants and trees for others to enjoy.
  • Respect and protect our natural resources.

And now I can also attest to the abundance of salmon.  It was something to see. Battling up stream, building up a head of steam as they launched their attack on the current, the rocks and the rapids, these Chinooks were amazing.

Oshawa Creek Before Salmon Run

Oshawa Creek Before Salmon Run

There are times when I just get sick of hearing people say “you can’t” or “don’t do that”.  Sometimes you just have to find out for yourself and leave the urban legends to the William H. Macys next door. No matter how great a neighbour they are.

Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path

A Path Off The Trail

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