March 21, 2017
I say spring, you say...
Fever. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has gleefully emerged from hibernation after a long and difficult winter. Maybe you say break, and have a houseful of kids out of school bursting with excitement. Or maybe, like me...you say cleaning.
Well, we just happen to have the perfect solution to satisfy every one of you.
This week, why not gather your family and friends together for a Shoreline Cleanup? We have thousands of kilometres of wonderful shoreline to explore, and those beaches, lakesides and waterways are perfect spots for free adventure and discovery. Spring is about making a fresh start, and the creatures who make the shorelines their home will appreciate the help making a fresh start, too.
One thing we're definitely all saying is...finally. Say it loudly and joyfully. Spring has arrived!
March 14, 2017
We're wearing green for Irish luck...
But we live on the West Coast. We're lucky enough!
So are you feeling lucky?
There's actually only one way to answer that question. After all, we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, where there's green everywhere we turn. We've gained an hour of evening daylight. Easter cream eggs are hitting the store shelves. Winter is heading out the back door, and St. Patrick's Day festivities are rollicking in the front.
That's a lot of luck to celebrate... so get out and take advantage of it. Like they say in Ireland: It's better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!
You don't need to spend a lot of green to do fun stuff this week, though. From green beer to green living and everything in between...you'll find tons of great things to do this week on HarbourLiving.ca.
March 7, 2017
Vancouver Island's beaches are legendary.
Thousands of visitors from all over the world gather here in the summer to experience our sun-kissed coves and sparkling green waves, to enjoy music, festivals and celebrations of culture.
But for those who are willing to remain on those beaches long after the summer sun has faded away, an even bigger gathering takes place in the winter. For you, who brace yourself against the cold Pacific storms and find another kind of beauty in the mist-filled mornings and windy wet weather, this is the party you wait for all year long.
One of the most extraordinary events in the natural world is happening right now in the waters of the Salish Sea. From hawks to herons, seals to sea lions and from weasels to whales, everyone who is anyone is making their way to the shallow areas around our local beaches to join in the celebration. And so are the nature lovers who want to see them!
It's the herring run...and it's the biggest beach party of the year.
February 28, 2017
A woman who cuts her hair...
...is about to change her life. ~Coco Chanel
And isn't that true for any significant change that we make in the way that we look? A haircut, a makeover and a new outfit not only have the power to make others see us in a different light, but also give us the capacity to see our own possibilities from a brave new perspective.
Are you ready for a change?
Spring is the perfect time to think about it. Why not discover who else you are inside and open up the door to exciting new opportunities? Keep every single thing that you love most about yourself and shed what isn't helping to reveal it, because your best self is your true identity.
Today we're feeling lighter and brighter ourselves. Like any great stylist will tell you: Hair doesn't make the person...but good hair definitely helps.
February 21, 2017
Never trust a rodent... that's what I always say.
Well, not always. Just when they open their toothy little faces to say that winter is going to be here for a while longer.
I knew that didn't sound right, and Wyerton Willie can kiss my alstromeria. I saw a flower today in my backyard, and to me that's as good a guarantee as any that winter is on the wane. Bring on the lawn furniture! Grid out the garden boxes!
Okay, so the flower is a snowdrop. A mere technicality. Dust off those golf clubs, limber up the gardening muscles and grease up the bike chain, folks. We're finally coasting downhill into spring.
Maybe I should hold off on the spring cleaning, though... just to be on the safe side.
February 14, 2017
A discovery is an accident meeting a prepared mind.
And Valentine's Day is a celebration of discovery. For what is love but an accident meeting a prepared heart?
This week, proclaim that love. Many will be declaring it with delectable candy or elegant dining. Some will be arranging concerts or buying precious jewels and expensive flowers. But some lovers are ordering a 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass instead. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, it gives you free access to every single National Park, National Marine Conservation Area and National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada all year long.
Give him the sweetness of a spectacular coastal sunset. Serenade her with the music of songbirds as you float down a quiet river, water sparkling on your paddles like a hundred diamonds. Gift him ten thousand stunning mountain wildflowers in one breathtaking view.
Explore Canada's most special places together and delight in the joy of discovery. You'll be overwhelmed with love.
February 7, 2017
We are family. Get up everybody and sing.
Sister Sledge said that. It was Marcelina Hardy who said that a family is what makes you who you are...and who you aren't.
Mitch Albom says that sticking with family is what makes it family. JS Foer said that family is the people who will do things for you that they hate, and Deb Caletti said that it is those who put their arms around you and love you when you're not so lovable.
I say that it's the people who are still standing beside you after everyone else has gone. The truth is, we are born into only one part of our family and then spend the rest of our lives finding the other parts, and it's truly something to celebrate.
February 13th is BC Family Day. However we define it, take a day to treasure those brave souls who know us best...and love us anyway.
January 31, 2017
All of life's big lessons can be learned in the garden.
I believe this. While we're busy looking up to the skies for the big truths, they're right in plain sight.
It is a wonderous thing to choose a seed, tend the plant, defend the fruit and feed yourself. It's also a difficult and humbling thing, and a fundamental act that unites all of us across all cultures and religions.
When we engage in the process of our own nourishment, we are forced to face the powerful natural systems upon which we completely rely for our very existence. We catch a glimmer of a system larger than any one of us, of which we are a part. We know interconnectedness.
Vancouver Island's Seedy Saturdays are beginning now. Go. Grab a hoe. Plant a row. Sowing seed is the way to sow understanding, to cultivate cooperation... and to grow hope for our future.
January 24, 2017
There's nothing more dramatic than real life.
So why are we so drawn to the reel life of the big screen, then?
Maybe it's because the silver screen is a mirror that shows us what we really look like. It's a time machine launching us to a forgotten past and a mysterious future. It's a window through which we see our hopes and the truth of them.
Or maybe it's just the popcorn.
From awards to festivals, we're now in the heart of movie season. There are tons of fabulous Film Events happening across the Island in the upcoming weeks, including the incredible Victoria Film Festival, screening 124 movies in 10 days.
Why not dust off those home movies and host a festival of your own, too? After all, there's no better comedy than spending a day with the family...and quite frankly, no better drama, either.
January 17, 2017
On making something worth crowing about.
As the Year of the Monkey comes to a close, I can honestly say that I'll be relieved to see the tail end of that saucy little simian. We've seen enough craziness and chaos. Enough noisy tree-swinging excitement.
But before we relax, peacefully thinking that all the bananas will soon be behind us...here comes The Rooster! He's loud. He's brash. He struts around the yard flaunting his plumage. He makes ear-splitting, incomprehensible proclamations.
What we need to remember though, is that the rooster may rule the roost, but it's the hens who rule the rooster.
We are a tremendous flock of citizens in this world. In a Year of the Fire Rooster, though, nothing comes from simple luck. Rather, we will achieve great things by getting up at the crack of dawn and working together with brilliance, passion and righteousness ~ a golden egg.
I'll bet it's the real reason that chicken crossed the road.
January 10, 2017
You've gotta ask yourself one question.
Do I feel lucky? ~Dirty Harry
Will you be carrying on as usual this Friday...or be safely tucked in with a good book and a cup of tea? If you fall into the latter category, you're not alone. Apparently millions of other people suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia also.
Did you know though, that statistically fewer accidents happen on a Friday the 13th? A Norwegian study discovered this fact and found that it's simply because people are more observant and mindful of their actions on Friday the 13th. We make our own luck.
And if that's not enough to convince you, consider the evidence. Some great things have historically happened on a Friday the 13th: Alfred Hitchcock was born. The famous Hollywood sign was erected. Black Sabbath released their first album. The accordion was patented.
And best of all...every single one has been followed by a Saturday.
January 3, 2017
You can't reach for anything new...
...if your hands are full of yesterday's junk. ~Nancy Levin
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for making space, isn't it? We need space to move, space to learn and space to grow. But we only have only so much room.
Where will you be finding your extra space this year?
If we want to make space in our minds for new ideas, we'll need to shed old patterns of thinking. To make space in our bodies, we'll need to jettison habits that aren't serving us anymore. And to make space in our hearts, we'll need to release the kind of bitterness that lets nothing else in. We'll also need to let go of what isn't working any longer to make way for inspiration.
In the meantime, I'm resolving to make space in my pants after a month of holiday indulgences. And I may need to make a little space in my closet as well...for a new pair of pants.
Read earlier posts:
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