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September 19th, 2017

If food is the heart of good living...

then wine is it's soul.
If this is true, then there's plenty of heart and soul to go around. Grapes are hanging on the vines and luscious fruit is ripe for the picking all across Vancouver Island.

Whether you're a pie or a pinot lover, we're welcoming Fall this week... that beautiful bringer of bountiful things. This deserves a toast...so why not take a trip out to one of the Island's fantastic vineyards, meaderies and cideries, where you'll find all kinds of festive Island Wine Happenings.

The seasons may be changing, but let's choose to consider the glass half full. So that means we're not getting older. Like fine wine, we're simply becoming more complex!

September 12th, 2017

Shaking the tree.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. ~Martin Luther

And there is plenty of reason to believe that the world is going to pieces. From political unrest to devastation caused by natural disasters, the news is filled with food for fear. But that doesn't mean that we have to eat it. After all, we are what we eat.

And the choices are in our hands. Cucumbers, tomatoes, plums and apples are plentiful, and the squash are ripening in the fields. Beehives are heavy with activity, and the fall vegetables are in the ground starting a new cycle of growing. There is a rightness to this process, and we all feel it at this time of year as we fill our baskets with fresh food.

In the garden, we're reminded that all of the wisdom that we need in life can be found there. We all need fertile ground to spread our roots, we all need clean water and nourishing food to grow, and we each will ripen and fall in time. These are the truths that bring us together; the things that make us realize that at the end of the day we all have everything in common with one another and with the land that we share.

So let's eat well, then. Let's take in the things that are good and helpful, grow things in life that nourish us and promote healing....and pass them around. Many of the seeds that we plant will be still growing fruit long after we are gone.

August 29th, 2017

Harvest time is the golden time.

It's that wonderful time of year when the shadows are getting longer...and so are the zucchini!

Vancouver Island has a rich agricultural heritage, and Islanders have gathered to celebrate the bounty of the harvest for more than a century. Award-winning produce, well-groomed livestock, tasty preserves and great entertainment are just some of the things that make a country fair so special. If you've never experienced the magic of a harvest celebration, make this the year to do it. You'll connect with the very roots of your community...and will quickly notice that some of the brightest ideas for our island's future are deeply grounded in its past.

A word of caution though: Don't try to sneak a cookie from a plate with a blue ribbon on it. Trust us on this.

August 22nd, 2017

On words to live by.

It's a pretty wordy world. People are busy, life is hectic, and sometimes the words of the day are "Just let me get through this one." In the midst of it all though, there are some really great words, ones worth hearing and repeating. They're the ones with the power to make our days meaningful and our world a better place.

What are the words you live by?

A couple of really good ones are Celebration and Participation, and this week there are more than 250 unique opportunities to get out and use them. Choose one HERE... and discover something new and exciting, interesting and significant, that's happening right in your very own community.

It's the most beautiful time of the year in one of the world's most amazing places. Let's treasure every moment...and strive to live a life worth talking about.

August 15th, 2017

Wanted...Dead Or Alive.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
If that's true, then wherever Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Elvis are right now...they must be sincerely flattered.

Did you know that there are at least 85,000 Elvis impersonators around the world today? There were only 170 when he died so, statistically speaking, one in three of the world's population will be swiveling their hips in the next decade. That's a lot of blue suede shoes.

Tribute artists consistently perform to sell-out audiences across Vancouver Island, and it isn't really because we love the wigs and sequins, is it? It's simply because we still want to hear the greatest pop music ever made, and we want to see it live, the way it was performed by the world's greatest pop stars. Although they may be gone, they're definitely not forgotten. Lucky for us, some of the most talented musical artists around feel the same way and will soon be bringing iconic music to life in one of the Island's many upcoming Tribute Concerts.

Your favourite band may have broken up a decade ago. Your ultimate diva might not tour any longer. And Elvis might be hiding out in suburban Saskatoon. But they're coming to a theater near you...and you don't want to miss it.

August 8th, 2017

Smoke on the water.

Fire in the sky.

There's an eerie stillness. The sky is dark and the sun a blood red pinpoint. Ash is falling and the birds are silent. The only sounds are the rumble of helicopters flying overhead, the hiss of hot wind and the crackle of trees as they fall.

It sounds like I'm beating the heat at a summer blockbuster action movie, doesn't it? Unfortunately this scene is a reality right now for thousands of BC residents.

There are at least 125 wildfires burning across the province this week, and the area that has been lost so far to fire is larger than the province of Prince Edward Island. What's even more shocking than the number of forest hectares disappearing every day is the number of new fires being started each day by human hands.

Take care. The only sparks we need to ignite this summer are those of inspiration and imagination.

August 1st, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen...start your engines.

The smell of split leather. The lustre of hand polished metallic paint. The deep growl of engine and the radiant glow of chrome. What is it about a car that makes the pulse quicken, anyway? After all, it's only a way of getting around. Or is it?

A fine car can be a work of art. A masterpiece of engineering. And a time machine.

Does the scent of engine oil, like a fine perfume, take you back to a time when the kids cruised the avenue and the boys greased their hair back? Or to a time of tie dyes and tape decks? Burgers and brake stands? Cars are the cultural emblems of our moments in time, from the first dates to the family road trips and from the hatchbacks of our first jobs to the convertibles of our retirement. And that's exactly why car shows are such fabulous and fascinating things, and a summer highlight on Vancouver Island.

Because whether you're waiting for your A&W root beer in a 1968 Camaro or waiting for your Starbucks latte in a 2017 Tesla...that car is your partner on the highway of life.

July 25, 2017

Golf. It's really just a little slice of life.

I've often heard that golf is an easy game to learn. I'm not convinced that it's actually a game, though.

There are life truths to be gleaned in the dimples of that tiny little ball: Power is nothing without precision. We learn more from the misses than the hits. There will always be people who play better than us. You can try too hard. And the more we practice, the luckier we tend to get.

With some of the best courses in the country right here on Vancouver Island, there's no better place to gather some golf wisdom of your own and no better time than now. Get out and have some fun. We play better when we're enjoying ourselves!

And if we don't... it's probably the clubs.

July 18, 2017

But tomorrow may rain...

so I'll follow the sun. ~Lennon–McCartney

Is there anything that embodies cheerful radiance more than the sunflower? A brilliant emblem of summer, it stands proudly with a strength and resilience that belies its impossibly thin and fragile frame.

Sunflowers are heliotropic, having the marvelous ability to turn their heads toward the sun, tracking the warm sunshine as it moves across the sky. The center of the sunflower is actually filled with hundreds of flowers growing individually, which can become other sunflowers if planted. They are also a natural decontaminator, and have been used to clean up soil at some of the world's biggest environmental disasters.

Thinking of choosing a personal emblem? Consider the sunflower. It's a reminder to stand tall. To be useful. To grow quickly. To enrich the world with the brilliance of simple happiness and know how to multiply it. And to be able to find the sunshine, wherever it may be, and reach toward it gracefully and with purpose.

July 11, 2017

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue... 

And that somewhere is here.

It's summertime on Vancouver Island...and we're rejoicing in the fact that we get to partake in all the sun and fun without the busy campsites, ferry lineups or pricey RV rentals.

Why? Because we live here!

There's only one thing better than spending your summer holidays on the Island, and that's spending your summer holidays on the Island without ever having to go back home. It's time for us to get out there and be keen stay-cationers in our own communities. With so much happening this season in our region, we'll be carried away in a whirlwind of theatre, music, sports and outdoor adventure.

This week, close your eyes, tap your heels together three times and say those magic words...there's no place like home.

July 4, 2017

If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.

~Ayn Rand

And if some is good then more must be better, right? You'd think so. But red wine can be good for you...and remember what happened last time you had too much of that? The line between happy sufficiency and painful overindulgence can be a fine one.

We're at the apex of summer, and the sun is high in the sky. Exposure to sunlight produces Vitamin D, builds the immune system and helps us to heal. But over 85,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year in Canada, and an estimated 1500 deaths will result. As much as we love the summer sun, we really can have too much of a good thing.

Another interesting statistic: 18% of people think that they look good in a hat. 100% of them actually do.

June 27, 2017

On Vancouver Island, summer is a glorious thing.

The sun-kissed beaches, charming seaside communities and roadside markets are classic parts of it. But what's an even more iconic part of our island summer? 

The Festivals! And this year, we're launched into festival season with incredible Canada 150 celebrations from coast to coast.

There'll be banners flying, red and white, as fireworks light up the night.
Painted faces and flying aces, ticket lines and local wines.
Classic tunes and bright balloons, midway rides and days outside.
Food trucks, fine art, local bands...

The best of summer in our hands.

June 20, 2017

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.

A golden sun has set on the final day of spring, and winter couldn't possibly be further away.

The shadows are getting longer, and the pants shorter. It's time to put away the socks and get our pale feet into sandals. To throw off the wool hats and bring on the straw hats. To say goodbye to sweaters and hello to swimsuits. The only gloves I want to be wearing are gardening gloves and the only fleece I want to see is on adorable new lambs frolicking in the tall green grasses. The only umbrella I want to be under is the kind on a hot seaside patio...and the only frost I want to feel is the kind on an ice cold glass of beer.

It's official. Summer is here.

June 13, 2017

Carpe Diem.

Believe it or not, this week we're approaching the longest days of the year.

That means we'll have the most time possible on the water before the sun goes down. The most time on the trail. We'll be sneaking in one more round of golf and one more swim in the river. We'll have more hours in the garden than at any other time of the year, and the longest evenings on the beach.

This week, we'll be squeezing every drop of sunshine out of every day to remember when the nights are long, like a ripe red strawberry whose fragrant juices stain our fingers long after the last of the fruit is gone.

Seize the day.

And while you're doing that, seize the dad. This weekend we're celebrating Father's Day. There's nothing that dads want more than to seize those moments with the people he loves the most...and to savour those precious drops of sweetness together.

June 6, 2017

In one drop of water...

...are found all the secrets of all the oceans. ~Khalil Gibran
And all the drops of water that will ever be on this planet already are. Right now.

Did you know...
That half of all the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean? That the top ten feet of the ocean hold as much heat as our entire atmosphere? That the oceans provide 99 percent of the Earth's living space - the largest space in our universe known to be inhabited by living things? That for every species of marine life we know of, at least another three are yet to be discovered?

That each year, three times as much trash is dumped into the world's oceans as the weight of fish caught?

Thursday is World Oceans Day. Whether you're diving in it, paddling on it, or sitting on the shore...celebrate the power of our beautiful blue mystery. Our life depends on it.

May 31, 2017

The voyage of discovery...

is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

This is the season of discovery on Vancouver Island, and sometimes the beginning of a new adventure simply comes from looking at things from a new perspective.

Have you ever seen Victoria's rocky shores from the deck of a tall ship? What about the lights of downtown Nanaimo from the cockpit of a kayak? Have you ever witnessed otherworldly stone formations deep in a Vancouver Island cave? Seen a spectacular sunrise from the top of Mount Washington? Imagine what Salt Spring Island looks like from the bird's eye view of a seaplane. What our beautifully rugged coast line looks like from below the water.

Getting out of our comfort zone can be one of the most difficult things we can do, but the reward might just be one of the greatest moments of our life.

This summer, challenge your body in brave new ways, and your eyes will open wider, too. Move, and you'll be moved by the wonderful west coast like never before.

May 23, 2017

Ask and you shall receive.

Last week I was begging for summer sunshine, and like magic it appeared. The wellies have made way for watering cans, sweaters have been replaced with swimsuits, and the sweet smell of smoke in the air is finally from campfires instead of woodstoves.

The May long weekend is a kind of test run for the rest of the summer, and by the look of it, we're all going to need to learn to pace ourselves. This week I'm begging for aloe vera cream and an air conditioner.

Thankfully, summer theatre season has also begun. So when you're done playing outside...catch a play inside. Spending a few hours in a blissfully dark and cool theatre watching someone else's family drama is the perfect escape. This summer, the play's the thing! From comedy to tragedy and from musicals to satires, Vancouver Island theatre has everything you could ask for.

May 16, 2017

Living the vida local.

Don't you wish that there was a central place where people could gather and connect in a real and meaningful way?

It would be a place where you could stroll with your family and listen to great live music. Where you could chat with your neighbours and meet new people. Where you could invest in local business and grow your local economy. Where you could eat fantastic food. Where you could find all the basics for a fresh meal and have a conversation with the people who produced them.

Well guess what? That place is right around the corner from you...and looks suspiciously like your local Vancouver Island Farmers Market.

Looking for something fabulous to do this week? Get fresh. Get yourself to a market!

Read earlier posts:

There are things you'll just never hear a mother day - May 9, 2017

On the power of all things great and small - May 2, 2017

Want to drink from the fountain of youth? - April 25, 2017

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend - April 18, 2017

Put your bunny where your mouth is - April 11, 2017

This week's edition is brough to you by the number five - April 4, 2017

Paddles up, everyone. - March 28, 2017

I say spring, you say... - March 21, 2017

We're wearing green for Irish luck - March 14, 2017

Vancouver Island's beaches are legendary - March 7, 2017

A woman who cuts her hair - February 28, 2017

Never trust a rodent... that's what I always say - February 21, 2017

A discovery is an accident meeting a prepared mind - February 14, 2017

We are family. Get up everybody and sing. - February 7, 2017

All of life's big lessons can be learned in the garden - January 31, 2017

There's nothing more dramatic than real life - January 24, 2017

On making something worth crowing about - January 17, 2017

You've gotta ask yourself one question - January 10, 2017

You can't reach for anything new - January 3, 2017

Starting things off on the right foot - December 27, 2016

What's your special Christmas tradition? - December 20, 2016

On seasonal foolishness and seasonal silliness - December 13, 2016

It's the time for the Christmas wishes - December 6, 2016

Sometimes raising your voice is a good thing - November 29, 2016

Christmas is an illuminating time of year - November 22, 2016

A handmade gift is thoughtful - November 15, 2016

The fragile red petals of the poppy - November 8, 2016

Whoever said you can't buy happiness - November 1, 2016

The hard truth about autumn colours - October 25, 2016

Come on everybody...Let's Shake, Rattle and Roll! - October 18, 2016

It's a little known fact... - October 11, 2016

Thanksgiving - October 4, 2016

Talk about being under pressure - September 27, 2016

We have always lived on the river's edge - September 20, 2016

The winds of change - September 13, 2016

Great news from HarbourLiving.ca! - August 31, 2016

Thank you - August 23, 2016

We reap what we sow - August 16, 2016

They never forget - August 9, 2016

au-gust - August 2, 2016

The heat is on - July 26, 2016

Reality can be beaten...with enough imagination - July 19, 2016

Summer traffic stressing you out? - July 12, 2016

What's on your bucket list? - July 5, 2016

The whole is more than the sum of its parts - June 28, 2016

When the sun stands still  - June 21, 2016

Give A Man A Fish, And He Has Food For A Day - June 14, 2016

And Since All This Loveliness Cannot Be Heaven - June 7, 2016

Can Ye Fathom The Ocean, Dark and Deep - May 31, 2016

Tread Lightly...and Carry A Big Stick - May 24, 2016

Are We There Yet? - May 17, 2016

You've Got To Ask Yourself One Question - May 10, 2016

When Life Hands You Lebons - May 3, 2016

Say It In The Language Of Flowers - April 26, 2016

I Think That I Shall Never See... - April 19, 2016

Nobody Can Do Everything...But Everybody Can Do Something - April 12, 2016

The Cure For Anything Is Salt Water - April 5, 2016

March, That Month Of Wind And Taxes - March 29, 2016

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective...Rabbits - March 22, 2016

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You - March 15, 2016

Home, Tweet Home - March 8, 2016

Ever Been Told That You Run Like A Girl? - March 1, 2016

So How Will You Be Spending Your Bonus? - February 23, 2016

Why Is This Man Wearing A Pink Shirt? - February 16, 2016

Can We Talk About The Birds And The Bees? - February 9, 2016

Is it Just Me, Or Is It Starting To Get Warm In Here? - February 2, 2016

It's The Day To Bake A Difference - January 26, 2016

How Exactly Does One Address A Haggis? - January 19, 2016

There's No Substitute for Hard Work - January 12, 2016

It's Good to Have An End To Journey Toward - January 5, 2016

Feel the Warmth of an Unexpected Gift - December 22, 2015

It's Beginning to Taste A Lot Like Christmas - December 15, 2015

Meanwhile...up at the North Pole - December 8, 2015

It's the Season of Giving - December 1, 2015 

 

 

 

 

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