Cold and Frosty Days for the Lightweights

Cold and frosty days that do not end.  We are a family who loves to spend time outdoors on adventures.  Biking the Kettle Valley in the Interior of British Columbia.  Skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, golfing, water skiing, walking, jogging, and swimming are all wrapped into our happiest family memories.   Skiing and snowboarding up Whistler is one of ourContinue reading “Cold and Frosty Days for the Lightweights”

Reflections on Writing 6:  The Hope in New Year’s Resolutions

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is one of my favourite books.  My daughter, at the ripe old age of 7, ascertained that I was a lover of the “fat, sad book” and her drawing of her family portrayed her stick mother sitting on a tall pile of books appropriately labelled, with tears spouting out of bothContinue reading “Reflections on Writing 6:  The Hope in New Year’s Resolutions”

Bridging Photography and Art

As with many people during Covid, my childhood friend @JStCPatrick has become not only a bird watcher, but a bird photographer. Bird watching has been a past time for centuries. It not only gets us out into nature, but it causes us to slow down and pay attention to the beauty of the nature surroundingContinue reading “Bridging Photography and Art”

The Mystique of Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice.  Images of Druids at Stonehenge flick through the mind.   Women dancing under the moon.  Is the Winter Solstice a pagan ritual?  A celebration of New Age tribes?  Is it just the longest night of the year?  Simply a happy return to longer days for farmers and domesticated animals?  Or is it a day of darkness steeped with mystical significance orContinue reading “The Mystique of Winter Solstice”

Backpacking for Kids!

There are many social, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits for students to go play outside.  As research has been done around how the brain reacts to stress and ways to improve short- and long-term learning, the outdoor classroom has taken on renewed significance.  Curiosity is not taught.  It is allowed to flourish by encouraging questions and plans toContinue reading “Backpacking for Kids!”

Human Rights Day 2021

The Declaration of Human Right and Freedoms was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 and enshrined the rights and freedoms of all human beings. It was to be the gold standard of social justice that countries of the world would acknowledge, sign and function accordingingly. Subsequent human and civil rightsContinue reading “Human Rights Day 2021”

Nature Inspiring Art

Like many others, my cell phone is my constant companion on a walk, a hike, a ski trip, or a bike ride.  Like many others, I pause to snap a picture of all things amazing or novel en route.  And like many others, I share that post on Facebook or Instagram.   The best thing about this habitContinue reading “Nature Inspiring Art”

Barge on The Beach and Other Unprecedented Happenings

These are unprecedented times!  We’ve heard that so often now, it almost loses it’s meaning.  I was at a friend’s house in Penticton this summer and she was packing up her most treasured possessions for fear of the fires that seem to be coming a summer event in the interior of British Columbia.  Her husband had just installedContinue reading “Barge on The Beach and Other Unprecedented Happenings”

Tidal WAV Returns

Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival is a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children (and adults) outdoors more regularly. WAV is open to the public and aims to unite and create long-term sustainable outdoor experiential learning networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the broader citizenry of Vancouver. WAV isContinue reading “Tidal WAV Returns”

Lest We Forget

November 11th was always my father in law’s favourite day.  He participated in the Remembrance Day processional march at Victory Square in Vancouver with pride.  He signed up with the Air Force in 1951 as soon as he was of age.  Although he served for a relatively short period of time, his favourite stories were those times of serviceContinue reading “Lest We Forget”