Joy Drop: Morgan Campbell’s book release is a great way to start Black History Month

friends! We are already in the second week of the year. Time really skates — speed skating!

It’s Black History Month and although I feel it’s important to discuss issues related to different communities throughout the year, I want to highlight some truly amazing works and events this month.

I’ll start with my friend Morgan Campbell’s new book, My Fighting Family: Borders, Bloodlines, and the Battles that Made Us Released this week. Campbell is a beautiful and captivating writer. His book examines family, life, and community as a Black American-Canadian in a world of multiple classes—some of which are fraught with danger. I highly recommend this read! What’s better than writing your friends to CanLit?

One of the many things I can’t wait to watch is Amanda Paris’s new six-part documentary series For culture. Amanda is an engaging storyteller as she documents her important conversations with black people everywhere from Toronto, the Caribbean, Europe, and communities in six different countries.

Film is an extraordinary way to share information and experiences, and Paris almost allows us to watch the conversations and interactions she has so we can absorb and unlearn truths and histories we might never hear.

NHL All-Star weekend is in Toronto, and among the many great things was a PWHL show that gave me joy. You know I love women’s hockey and for women to have a spot in one of the most hyped weeks of the season is awesome.

Women rarely disappoint and the energy surrounding these stars was unparalleled. It’s always a fun time to catch up with your friends and fellow gamers. Even on days off and free time, women’s sports remain a passion.

Two teams named Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss faced off against each other in a 20-minute match. What brought me happiness was working in this place, seeing great colleagues and an event that was highly anticipated and appreciated. There is no doubt that women’s hockey is an important force in the sport. I’m so grateful to be able to chronicle and be present in these moments.

After the match some of the players talked about the impact of their game in front of many new fans. Sarah Nurse’s response was very moving.

Even more exciting is the fact that the February 16 match between Toronto and Montreal titled “Battle on Bay Street” at Scotiabank Arena sold out in less than 20 minutes after going public. It would become a record-breaking event and rank as the largest audience to watch a women’s professional match.

These beautiful little creatures brought me happiness too. I’ve watched this video about 10 times. I adore sea turtles and enjoy learning more about them.

It was my birthday last week but I want to leave you with a great idea for a funky cake to celebrate someone you love who loves potatoes. Yes friends! An Earth-loving person will be delighted by this idea. I have ordered it for next year.

I found the idea and recipe from Poppy O’Toole, a self-proclaimed “Potato Queen” influencer on TikTok and Instagram. I gotta tell you, it’s a gourmet birthday celebration I can get behind.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with everything that brings you happiness!

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