April 25, 2017
Want to drink from the fountain of youth?
Start by taking a kid to the beach. Then watch and learn.
Kids don't fret about swimsuit shopping. They're too busy feeling the water's tingle on their skin for that. They get their hair wet and bury themselves in the sand. They run. They squeal with delight...and they cry when it's time to leave. There is a torrent of power and potential in the youthful experience of life, and having an unquenchable thirst for exploration is how we grow.
BC Youth Week is just around the corner, an international event that recognizes the positive contributions youth make and celebrates the valuable work youth and youth organizations do all year round. It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the creative energy of the youth in our community...and revisit it in ourselves, too.
Drink up...and dive in.
April 18, 2017
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx
Books are our great companions. With the power to ground us in reality and transport us far away from it, they both reveal the world as it is and imagine it as it could be. Finding a great book has never been so easy to do either, as we can simply have it delivered to our inbox or right to our front door with the click of a mouse.
If there's anything better than curling up with a great book though, it's got to be exploring a great bookstore. When we deprive ourselves of this wonderful part of the reading experience, we miss out on delights like the shelves of glossy new covers and the evocative scent of old ones. The creak of floorboards. The cats. The reading community. And most importantly, the invaluable advice and recommendations of seasoned shop staff who make it their life's work to devour, savour and share the printed word.
April 29th is Canadian Authors for Indies Day.* It's a day of appreciation for Canada's independent bookstores, and right here on Vancouver Island we have a lot to appreciate. Visit some of the world's best bookstores right in your own local community...and you just might find yourself face to face with some of the world's best authors, too.
April 11, 2017
Put your bunny where your mouth is.
If you're like me and think that chocolate tastes far too good to be bad...then you just might be right!
Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, actually means "Food of the Gods." Chocolate contains flavonoids and theobromine, both of which are good for your health; and eating it produces a mild anti-depressant effect by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. Chocolate can also reduce cholesterol and help to prevent memory decline. Did you know that 87 percent of parents will be preparing Easter baskets for their kids this weekend? And that 81 percent of those parents will also admit to stealing chocolate from them? Maybe the other 19 percent forgot where they hid the baskets.
The history of chocolate began in Central America, where xocolatl beans were so valuable that the Aztec and Mayan people used them as currency. It was prepared as a spicy drink and was used with great reverence. We still take our chocolate pretty seriously today, and there are some talented local chocolatiers making a stir right here on Vancouver Island.
So add that to your 100-Mile Diet Plan this weekend. I sure have, and I'm on the lookout...so you might not want to put all your eggs in one basket.
April 4, 2017
This week's edition is brought to you by the number five.
Five is a fascinating number, isn't it?
We have five natural senses. We have five fingers and five toes, and it's actually thought that V, the Roman symbol for five, comes from the image of a hand with the five fingers spread. There are five oceans, five vowels in the alphabet, five Olympic rings and five players on a basketball team. There are five hotdogs in a package, and the five second rule always takes effect when you drop one. Hotdog buns come in packages of six though, a fact that five out of five people find annoying.
You'll find the fabulous number five everywhere...including right here on HarbourLiving.ca.
This week we're thrilled to introduce our new High Five feature, a very special list of the five top must-do events happening on Vancouver Island for the month of April. Watch our High Five video to learn more, start making plans to be there...and get ready to Take Five!
March 28, 2017
Paddles up, everyone.
Most of us will never be elite athletes. We will probably never feel the thrill of winning a hockey game in an arena filled with tens of thousands of cheering fans or kick the winning field goal at the Grey Cup. It can be nearly impossible to relate to the larger-than-life sports heroes we see on the screen, then.
If you were asked to name three of the fastest growing sports, what would you say? Right here on Vancouver Island, Dragon Boating, Pickleball and Stand Up Paddle Boarding are growing like chickweed on a sunny spring day. And that's a fantastic phenomenon, because all three are sports for a wide range of ages and abilities. Do you define yourself as not sporty? Believe that sport is just for other people? Then you just might be missing out on a life-altering experience.
No matter who we are, the true glory of sport is in moving our bodies in challenging new ways and surprising ourselves with the result. In setting brave personal goals, meeting great new people and reaching those goals alongside them. In feeling healthy, exhilarated and alive. Sport isn't just for the gifted few, but an unexpected gift that's available to every single one of us.
Is this the year that you'll be picking up a paddle, too?
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!
Read earlier posts:
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