This blog, by John Leeson & Oksana Kuryliw was set up in 2013, but has had few updates since 2015. We’re still hoping to update it a bit more frequently, but here are some new (& newish) items

  • In July, 2020, we sold the house we’d lived in for almost 44 years, and (as we’d long planned), moved into an apartment downtown (Bay & Wellesley) in September. We’re both very happy with the decision, and our new home & neighbourhood. No  regrets at all.
  • Sadly, on our move day, John’s sister died, and a few weeks later, our beloved cat Charlie had to be put down.
  • May 2020: we have a new story posted here: Searching for Ivan, about our 2010 search for Oksana’s grandfather who died in 1920s Cuba.
  • In 2017, we completed a documentary about Oksana’s father, Chapters and Verses: Action Bill’s Walk Through Life. It premiered in September, 2017, and has been shown several times in Toronto, Sudbury and Edmonton.  A Ukrainian-language version is in the works. The video and more information is at

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Us... Havana, January, 2010

Us, in Havana, January, 2010

Our old front yard

Our new front yard


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