Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Montreal is a veritable cultural kaleidoscope. With a European flair, and incomparable artistic and culinary talents, I love to return from time to time. Ottawa has a warmth and a sincere charm, where people are kind and friendly by default, and where I can feel at home hiking around my cozy wooded neighbourhood with my son.
- What turns you on creatively?
I approach life with an unquenchable curiosity and my poetry is an ideal vehicle to explore with. I try to shine light on the human condition in all its fabulous manifestations, and contend with ideas in as open and honest a manner as I can. I rant and rave about social injustice, play with political satire, poking fun at our foibles, extoll our virtues and rebuke our evils. My ultimate goal is to leave the world a better place.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
My favorite word is fabulous, but it’s very hard to rhyme
I’ve spent so long trying, but I’m running out of time
I’ll settle for a few odd lines to demonstrate my skill
And hope my humble musing will fill you with goodwill
- What is your pet peeve?
Despite my sometimes unintended but unavoidable colorations of truth, I try to be honest (but polite). Especially, I try to be brave enough to be honest with myself. Dishonesty, insincerity, lack of integrity, and cheating are all behaviours I find reprehensible, even in myself. Also, I’m not a fan of olives.
- What defines Samuel Torontour?
When I look back at the various roles that I have played throughout my lifetime, child, brother, friend, student, teacher, lover, husband, father, musician, fitness instructor, and now family physician, I see the courage, ambition, and resilience that have led me to where I am. I have a strong will to survive and more so to thrive. No matter what obstacles have been thrown my way, I have faced them head on. I have met my challenges with unyielding determination. Nevertheless, the thing that truly gives me happiness is the gratitude I feel for all my gifts and blessings. There is no greater joy than sharing good fortune, and taking the time to enjoy the magic of these moments.
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