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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 →

Every Community Needs One

Over the past two years our community garden has flourished. It has become a place to plant, to water, to arrange, to sample, to reap, to meet, to relax, and to meet friends and strangers. It has become so popular… Continue Reading →

An Idyllic Isle of Sorts

This past week Belle and I took off up island to visit another one of those smaller but very charming Gulf Islands that seem to forever attract outsiders because of their close proximity. This time it was Quadra, just ten… Continue Reading →

Predictable Trends?

I can’t help but notice how fixated we have become on societal trends these past few years. We are looking to see where events are perhaps taking us in an ever-changing world. Forecasting the future, like the weather, allows us… Continue Reading →

Exploding a Myth

A large part of my education these days is challenging old myths that still persist in my life. Like Eric Weiner in “The Geography of Genius”,  I must learn to chuck my prepossessing notion of genius and admit that for many… Continue Reading →

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