A Sign That It’s Time to Lighten Up

A sign that life has become too serious is when I go through my days with my head down, focused on completing the tasks at hand. Not everything has to be so serious, I remind myself. In fact, I might miss seeing something fun or quirky or absurd if I don’t look up now and…

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Wildlife Encounters in the City

Growing up in the very urban city of Vancouver, the closest I ever came to encountering wild animals were the feral cats that roamed the back alleys of my neighbourhood. So it continues to surprise me to encounter wildlife in any urban or suburban setting. Yet, wildlife are adapting to our cities in increasing numbers…

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But the Smoke Gets in My Eyes

After a lovely vacation in recent weeks, I hoped to share stories and photos of our adventures. I may yet do so, but at the moment I cannot focus. The smoke is getting in my eyes. It’s summer in the Okanagan, and the inevitable happened: smoke filled skies from wildfires. I assumed that our particularly…

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A Bird’s Eye View

When life gets chaotic, and pressures increase, my natural inclination is to keep my head down, my actions on auto-pilot, and my brain on standby. I get going and get ‘er done, just to keep from falling to pieces. If I pause to think, I will be undone. This season has brought a wave of…

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June is the Very Best Month of the Year

June is my absolute favourite month out of all the months of the year. I love to celebrate June, as it contains both spring and summer, the very best seasons in the whole year. Birthdays are celebrated with great frequency throughout my extended family in June. In fact, my own birthday falls in this most…

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When the Waters Rise

I live in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. An unusually wet spring, coupled with a higher than normal snowpack resulted in an excess of water flowing into our streams and lakes. Unfortunately, many low lying areas along the lake are affected. Homes are flooded, beaches have disappeared and the lake is filled with debris from…

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Blooming Iris: Featured Flower

An iris clump seems to grow at lightning speed once the rains abate and the sun comes out. Within days the buds open wide to reveal their hidden secrets. These hardy flowers are a favourite of mine, as they meet my gardening criteria: they are pretty; they bloom every spring; they need next to no…

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Der Spring is Sprung

Spring is my absolute, most favourite, longed-for season. Unfortunately, it has been elusive this year. For some reason, winter has stretched and lingered and seemed interminable. Though temperatures began to creep up haltingly in the last weeks, grey days and rain showers have been the norm. On occasion, the sun ventures to shine, and my…

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Life Saving Handmade Creativity

Have you ever had an ‘aha’ moment light up your mind — the startling realization that a series of seemingly random events in your life click into place? That happened to me today. It was shades of “Inside Out”. I could almost sense a little animated figure dancing around inside my head, chortling with glee. “Excellent!”…

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Getting Creative for Valentine’s Day

Ever since Grade 6 when classmate Phillip Louie gave me a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, I’ve approached this annual celebration with some trepidation. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolates. However, as an awkward pre-teen, with absolutely no interest in this particular boy, it was highly embarrassing to be singled out with…

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