July 16, 2018

June 11, 2018

My NY TIMES COMMENTS — along with many many other Canadians posting. July 11/18 BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada8h ago I went to the dollar store this morning [I wonder who owns that dollar store - I should have asked and will next time] - for 2.50 I got one of those Canadian Flags and attached to to the back window of my car. I also have handwritten "I buy Canadian" signs under my windshield wipers. June 10/18 I am buying nothing from the U.S. - nor from American stores. I have signs in 3 windows of my car saying so. I never used to look at where my carrots, potatoes and even apples [and I live in Apple country!] came from but lots of them come from the USA. Now I look and hope other Canadians will too. We may only be one tenth the population of the U.S. but I can tell you we have far more friends the world over. I lived in Europe for almost a year and Americans were not loved [rightly and sometimes wrongly] long before the Tweetering Trumpet sulked onto the scene.

May 30, 2018

I might actually manage to finish this painting?! So much fun - click on it to see it close up. 4' x 6'.

May 08, 2018

May 01, 2018

I go to Go Figure" most Monday mornings. It is a 2 hour life drawing class in Nottawa, Ontario. This particular model was clothed and this was a 1 hour pose. I "painted" her on my ipad pro using Procreate.  When I got home I gave her another coat of paint - I like her!!

April 20, 2018

Hey guys - The New York Times not only published this one but I got a "Times Pick"!! It is in the comments of a article titled "Why candidates are embracing Socialism" .... "I am an 84 year old Canadian. Many Americans would call me a “Socialist” which they incorrectly seem to equate with communism. I have lived and studied in New York City and will never forget the day an American friend told me how her mother died prematurely because she stopped taking her cancer meds for financial reasons. She chose to [and did] leave her daughter the family home. I said something like “Wow! that would never happen in Canada” and she said “but thats SOCIALISM Betty!”. Call it what you like - I call it sharing the wealth. Yes, we ere - sometimes we go overboard and sometimes people take advantage of Canada’s generosity. I see it as better than erring in the opposite direction and giving too little."

April 16, 2018

This was a post in the New York Times comments today. I have to agree with Michelle from California. Scary and sad. Michelle California 19 minutes ago Mr Comey states that Trump doesn't represent American values and he should not be President because of his moral failings. Unfortunately, he does represent American values, only our worst values/traits which are our love of celebrity and money, our complacency and ignorance concerning politics and the rest of the world, and mainly, our racism and demonization of people who are not white Christians. Even though Trump is hiding his criminality, he is not hiding his character. Sixty-three million people voted for him because of the aforementioned values which is the truly frightening part of the Trump debacle.

February 27, 2018

My Post today - self explanatory I think. 

Oh heck - Your second hilarious headline in 2 days. #1. Trump would have gone  up those stairs in a minute!  #2.  Jared Kushner got a B, or was it a C? I didn't have to read either article before commenting. I know, I know, I have a mean streak! I guess I am just a nasty woman. 
my post to the New York Times yesterday -

The Headline - Trump Says He Would Have Rushed in Unarmed to Stop School Shooting

BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 3 hours ago
My god how could he? The man has bone spurs in his heels! Give him a break. Thanks for my morning laugh!

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February 21, 2018

from the New York Times yesterday - my comments re comments re an article titled “How to Break up with your iphone”

Someone posted this - “I got off Facebook a year ago because it was too tough to see how well everyone else's lives were compared to mine. I was stunned to find 20 more hours a week to live my life. That's over 1,000 hours a year, or the equivalent of almost *60* 18-hour days. I'm glad to have two more months of living every year now, and will consider the points in this article to see how I can otherwise expand this.”

I replied with this - got 3 Likes -
I find it tough to realize everyone else has so many loving, supportive friends. Friends galore - by the hundreds and thousands!
My father always said something like "if a man [he should have said person but this was a long time ago] has 3 good friends by the time he dies he is a lucky man". Thats about the way it is for me - not counting my FB friends of course!

Someone posted this -
I have a flip phone. It allows me to take (bad) pictures, text and call. Period.
It horrifies me to sit on the subway, in a museum, in a nice restaurant, a movie etc and see my fellow human beings drowning in their phones, oblivious to their surroundings or companions. They are lost in the world they have crafted on their phones, where everything that does not pertain to them is shut out and, like Narcissus, they can stare at themselves forever.
Smart phones are dangerously seductive and addictive. Designers make them do more and more things to draw users farther and farther in. If Mussolini or Hitler had lived in the time of smart phones, we'd all be speaking German. 

To start, do not allow your smart phone into areas and times of your life when you would not welcome some other human being. Never, ever have it in your bedroom, or be on it after 9. Those are not 'public' times or spaces. Do not use it when your attention is needed elsewhere - work, driving, school or time spent with friends or family. Unless you are in some kind of crisis, you do not need to check it repeatedly. It is far more necessary to focus on the world and people around you.

Never forget that the people who design this technology are trying their best to make you dependent on it, to invade every crevice of your life for their own profit, to separate you from the distractions and messiness of actual life.

I replied with this w - got 1 Like -

You mean I should say goodbye to the New York Times, The Atlantic, Vanity Fare, New Yorker, Al Jeezera, The Guardian, PBS and on and on and on? Or should I subscribe to them all? I said goodbye to Television and hello to my Macs 2 years ago. The best thing I ever did. The internet is a wonderful place - so much knowledge so easily available any time of the night or day! I am sure there are people who say telephones were a crazy invention - so much better to just talk over the back fence! 

February 18, 2018

Finally getting some work done on my 6'x4' masterpiece [ha ha] which is so much fun! I am working from left to right and everything I do cracks me up - the Helmet Man with his Olympic mitt and completely missing right hand .... Then Slightly Ivanka or maybe it should be Slightly Blind Ivanka since her hair mostly covers her left eye. It looks like I am going to sitting next to her but you never can tell - so far I am only a sitting ghost in Charcoal .... repeated down below wearing red pants?!

February 16, 2018

I posted this after the NY Times report that Mueller has accused 16 Russians of interfering in the American election. Yeah!

My Post - "Apparently some Americans did not realize they were working for Russians who passed as Americans. Could some of the comments in here [and in many other places] not be from people who were unwittingly or wittingly convinced by so called Russians that Hilary was all bad and the Big Braggart was all good? I least it would be an excuse for the bad guy winning?"

This person replied to my post -

I Heart

 Hawaii 20 minutes ago
I don't know about the rest of the NYT commentators, but I'm still waiting for the smoking gun... that Trump knowingly colluded with the Russians. Until that's brought forward, there's still due process. Innocent until proven guilty.


 Toronto, Canada 1 minute ago
Or his son? or his son-in-law? or or or .... do you think they would not tell him?

February 02, 2018

My post for the New York Times this morning - don't know if it will be published or not. Will let you know.....

It has been published - 15 minutes ago and I already have 3 recommendations. As a Canadian it costs me $11.30 a month to subscribe to the New York Times. Aside from the good reads I am allowed to Comment which I find challenging and gets rid of some angst re what I consider to be the scary sad state of the world right now. Let me know if you subscribe and I will watch for your comments. take care, Betty

When will the Americans take to the streets? This is so sad, scary and depressing! They have lost their mo-jo. Evil is winning .... will we all go down in flames?

January 19, 2018

Working on this one again - great using my ipadpro and my apple pencil before I go to the canvas. What a treat! I can't imagine how long it is going to take me to finish this 4' x 6' canvas?? However long it takes it will be a pleasure - painting feels so good!

January 18, 2018

 Life Drawing in Collingwood - Jan/18

January 05, 2018


I walked a mile with Pleasure;
   She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
   For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
   And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
   When Sorrow walked with me!

                       Robert Browning Hamilton

January 04, 2018

I have been posting comments in The New York Times Comments columns lately. Sometimes they get published and sometimes they don't - it is challenging and fun. If you subscribe to the NYT and read the comments I am "BettyinToronto".

sent or not
Jan4/18 - BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada Pending Approval
Its a movie! It MUST be a movie! 2016/7 could not have been that dumb? I say it is a hilarious, sad, sad dangerous humiliating, dangerous, disgusting blockbuster. The worst is that thousands think it is not only good but also real. Who are those people? They scare me to death.
PS - the comments are great - lots of laughs and truths in those words !

Jan3/18 - BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 25 minutes ago
But we have thought that so often over the last year!

BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 45 minutes ago
The Greeks said "The mills of the gods grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small". Lets hope the mills hurry up and let us sleep easy for a while? Canadians feel for you America!
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Jan2/18 - Well well! Seems Kim Jong-un has called Mr Trumps bluff! I don't think we will be having a war soon - don't know about you but I am relieved! 

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BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada Pending Approval
Re; Sarah Huckabee - Is she actually a real person? I hardly visit the Press Room anymore but if I do walk in [via my screen, of course] I walk out very quickly. Ugh! She is at it again! So sanctimonious! Such hard, cold brown eyes! Such bullshit! I am almost  sure she is a puppet and somehow I know who is inside her voice box.

Dec 24/17 - NY Times PUBLISHED MY COMMENT! My understanding is Trump is of German heritage. Is there any modern group of people who have more to answer for than the Germans? Well ... maybe the U.S. when they dropped the only atomic bombs that have ever been dropped on human beings? So glad I am Canadian although I loved living in New York City and feel sad to know I will never go there again. What a great town it was and hopefully will always be - but surely it isn't American?   

January 02, 2018


I once had money and a friend;
   Of either, thought I store.
I lent my money to my friend
   And took his word therefor.
I sought my money from my friend,
   Which I had wanted long.
I lost my money and my friend;
   Now was that not a wrong?


January 01, 2018

"If only the gift the gods would give us to see ourselves as others see us."

Note - this is the way my father always quoted it although it is not exactly the way Robert Burns actually wrote it!  Close enough I think.

December 31, 2017

from me to you - Happy New Year 🍀❤️😘

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.


Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

December 29, 2017

What Dorothy Parker had to say about Love -

 “I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”

“Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you!”

“Better be left by twenty dears / Than lie in a love-less bed; / Better a loaf that’s wet with tears, / Than cold, unsalted bread.”

“Four be the things I'd have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.”

“It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying."

December 28, 2017

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

December 27, 2017

There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behoves any of us
To find fault with the rest of us.

December 26, 2017


The optoimist fell ten stories.
  At each window bar
He shouted to his friends:
  "All right so far"
My favourtie poems - this one is from The Best Loved Poems of the American People 


Oh, THE COMFORT-the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words-but pouring them 
All right out-just as they are-
Chaff and grain together-
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them-
Keep what is worth keeping-
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away. 
                    Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik - 1826 to 1887 [61 years] English - published 3 volumes of Poems - Songs of our Youth, Thirty Years:Being Poems Old and New,

She published three volumes of poetry: Poems (1859), Songs of Our Youth, and Thirty Years: Being Poems Old and New (1881). Sally Mitchell has written the most recent biography, Dinah Mulock Craik (Boston: Twayne, 1983; PR 4517 M57 Robarts Library).

December 21, 2017