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Irresistible reads in Saturday Star

Re: Saturday Star, Aug. 25

Yesterday, I intended to glance over my Star briefly. I had emails to answer and other reading to do. However, four hours later I came up for air, horrified at the time that had passed, but delighted with all the fascinating columns.

Memories of Yonge Street” brought dozens of my own, as I spent the first 20 years of my life in the St. Clair and Yonge area and remember every store vividly. More memories arose from the beautiful “The Box That Binds” by David Rider and I was happy to see his piece on TCHC.

Although I honestly don’t understand all “The Universe,” nonetheless I enjoy some mind-stretching, courtesy of Oakland Ross. The on-the-spot report of Michelle Shephard on “Khat” was another “have to read every word” for me.

Christopher Hume’s “Our Own Big Dig” caught me as I am a Toronto-born, Toronto fan and feel that the Gardiner is the only way to see the waterfront at all when coming into the city. Ground level is totally blocked by condos.

Susan Delacourt’s piece on the Liberal Party was bang-on. Why do they keep shooting themselves in the foot? Too bad Bob Rae left the leadership race. He is well-versed in internal and international politics, speaks well and even has a sense of humour.

That brings me to the “Recalling Jack Layton” excerpt: “Love, hope, optimism.” Whether you support the NDP or not, those are words to live by.

From after lunch on, I alternated between pleasure at so much irresistible reading and great annoyance for spending so long at it when there were other things to be done. On balance, three cheers for that fabulous issue of the Star.

Shirley Bush, Toronto

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