Earth Love, beyond Earth Hour

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Earth Hour’s 10 year old initiative to go dark for the planet takes place at 8:30pm tonight. It all began in Australia in 2005 when the World Wildlife Federation dreamed up a way… Continue reading

Why go plastic-free? Because Ocean.

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I stared into the trash compactor the other day, where all the plastic was being disposed, and felt a wave of despair. Single use plastic, made from petrochemicals, ending up in the ocean… Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Vitamin Supplements

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I was working at the library the other day, and sneezed. The gentleman reading next to me pulled open his bag, cracked open a container of chewable Vitamin C tablets and tipped two… Continue reading

Wellness: Writing or rewriting your story

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This, from the New York Times earlier this year. I circled back to it, after writing about Katey Sagal’s blog, and joking that “it takes a lot of poems to workshop your way… Continue reading

#WellnessReads: Straw Bale Gardens

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I am the first to admit that I am really geeky, embarrassingly crazy about vegetable gardening. And I don’t seem to be happy to just leave it at that. I am always looking… Continue reading

Birdwatch: Spring brings Western Meadowlarks and a Mountain Bluebird to Pemberton

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From our birding correspondent, John Tschopp, a springtime report: The mild, sunny weather attracted the first of our smaller migrants. On March 14 I observed three Western Meadowlarks and a single Mountain Bluebird.… Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Dave Steers “Skunk Cabbage heralds first day of Spring 2015″

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I think I’ve said it before: Dave Steers’ photo stream is one of my favourite guilty pleasures, when I’ve had my head in the books, busy with deadlines, overly focussed on the few… Continue reading

Column: Beware the Groove of a Familiar (but Bad Habit)

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(On the subject of habits and grooves, may I offer a big congratulations to Winds of Change Steering Committee Member, Cedric Jones, who just celebrated his 21st “birthday” of sobriety. What an awesome… Continue reading

The Cardinal Directions and the Medicine Wheel

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Current State of Frenzy The realization came to me the other day as I was really givin’ er up Happy Trail on a beautiful spri-nter day. I was having a little bit of… Continue reading

Pacific Chorus Frogs noted, (and phenology geeks united)

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Last week, I got an email from a friend, Erica Osburn McNolty, to let me know that she’d heard the first frogs while out walking the neighbourhood before bed. 10 March 2015.  A… Continue reading