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On a Fact Finding Tour

It is four days to go before our big annual holiday, and we have decided to take a break from the packing to do a little Saturday afternoon tour or walkaround of downtown Victoria. We planned this outing to coincide… Continue Reading →

What Have I Learned These Past Few Days at the Waterway

These past couple of days have offered some interesting and extraordinary insights into the world I live in. Either by reading, observing my surroundings, or asking the appropriate questions, I have come to be better informed about and secure in… Continue Reading →

A Lesson from a Community Garden

I am currently enrolled in a course on helping to effect social good in society by enhancing the commons. This is the general area in any community open to the public for prescribed use such as walking, gardening, socializing, relaxing,… Continue Reading →

A Critique of Big Picture History

Big picture history is really a scientific-based narrative for us to use in determining how and where humans fit into the greater scheme of matter ‘evolving’ over time. Its main conclusion that the universe is a transitory phenomenon is based on a couple of key scientific criteria that… Continue Reading →

The Garden is Springing to Life

So far gardening in our own little allotment box is proving a great tonic. We are getting to see seed germinate, plants come to life, meet fellow gardeners, try new techniques, sample fruit, kick back and read or have a… Continue Reading →

We Have Become Allotment Gardeners

For three years now, Belle and I have had our names in for a plot at the local community garden. Be under no illusion that this allotment garden is just another amateurish effort to grow vegetables and fruit within one… Continue Reading →

Inside the Lion’s Den of BC Politics

The problem with the environmental movement in BC is not so much what they say in defence of Mother Earth but what they assume everyone (converted and unconverted alike) should then do to protect the natural order. Having failed to… Continue Reading →

An Island of Forgetfulness

There are some places one goes to temporarily forget the pressures of the present in order to enjoy the pleasures of the past. Deep sleep might be one of those ‘lotus-eater’ spaces where forgetfulness might be the tonic the doctor… Continue Reading →

Nursing a Sore Elbow

Talking with a family member the other day about my ongoing efforts to treat my tendinitis, she reminded me about her own year long struggles with soft-tissue issues in her forearm. For her, like me, it has come down to… Continue Reading →

The Death of a Stranger

This morning I woke up to sirens going off below our bedroom window. Not unusual given the fact that Gorge Road West is a major corridor for ambulances moving across the city. What I didn’t realize at the time, as… Continue Reading →

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