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Collecting Hidden Beauty November 02 2017, 0 Comments

Sometimes, on my walks, I like to play a little game. I call it Alleyway to Art Gallery. Something catches my eye —  a piece of rust, moss on a worn fence, a shattered windshield,  even some crumpled paper floating in the gutter. At that moment, in that light, it is astonishing. That’s how the … Continue reading Collecting Hidden Beauty

Thank-You So Much August 11 2017, 0 Comments

This blog post is really just a huge thank-you for all the lovely, thoughtful, funny, comforting, poetic messages I’ve received after my last post about the passing of George. They’ve come via blog comments, email, text, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I expect a carrier pigeon at any moment … There have been stories of … Continue reading Thank-You So Much

Forest Bathing October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes a little dip into nature does the trick, but sometimes, nothing short of full woodland immersion is going to work. Most days my spirits can be revived by a quick dog walk round the block, appreciating the changing leaves, a bit of moss here and there. The crows, of course. Last week though — I’m … Continue reading Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes a little dip into nature does the trick, but sometimes, nothing short of full woodland immersion is going to work. Most days my spirits can be revived by a quick dog walk round the block, appreciating the changing leaves, a bit of moss here and there. The crows, of course. Last week though — I’m … Continue reading Forest Bathing

The Gift November 10 2015, 0 Comments

Gifts are something we start thinking about at this time of year. We fret about finding perfect gifts for the people in our life. Free gifts and special offers abound. Things can, and often do, get kind of crazy. By December it’s hard to see the wood for the Christmas trees, vis a vis why we’re doing … Continue reading The Gift

Just Another Day March 10 2015, 0 Comments

It started as a normal Monday in East Vancouver. The dawn made it’s spectacular appearance (an hour late due Daylight Savings). Birds began to reappear in the sky, taking their posts for the coming day. Eric and his family arrived at their spot — in my garden, waiting for the first peanut handout of the day. I … Continue reading Just Another Day

Last Dawn of 2014 December 31 2014, 0 Comments

I took some time to appreciate the last dawn of 2014 – and such a dawn it was. After a festive season of heath challenges, it seems even more important that usual to appreciate the small things that are big. Being with family, good friends, health (it’s all relative), moments of quiet loveliness, every dawn, … Continue reading Last Dawn of 2014

What Did You Wonder Today? November 06 2014, 0 Comments

If you’re anything like me, the list goes along these lines: Why is my computer displaying that “fatal error” message? Where the heck did those extra cell phone charges come from? What should I pick up for tonight’s dinner? How soon, exactly, will the world arrive at hell in a hand basket? These are all very worthy concerns. … Continue reading What Did You Wonder Today?

Astonished July 04 2014, 0 Comments

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me     keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished — from the poem, Messenger by Mary Oliver (Thirst)

Downy Woodpecker Update July 02 2014, 0 Comments

An update on the downy woodpecker, injured last week by a cat and taken to the Wildlife Rescue clinic at Burnaby Lake: she’s doing much better! She has abrasions and bruising and they expect her to recover. Even better, when she’s ready to release, it’s likely that I’ll be able to go get her and … Continue reading Downy Woodpecker Update

In Defence of the Commonplace June 28 2014, 0 Comments

I was reading a blog the other day about “bucket lists” and how too many of us put off doing things on those lists, getting too caught up in the day to day to organize and save for that trek to Katmandu, or sailing trip around the world. In many ways I sympathize with the … Continue reading In Defence of the Commonplace