Wolf & Pine: A Memoir of Wood

Anytime I can leave something as natural as I found it, those are the pieces I love to make. I want to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. But what I love most is when others love it too, when they see the beauty in it also. –Matt Rowe Professor, geobiologist, and author Hope…

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Need a Way To Relax? Find Your Very Own Blue Space

Turns out rain is my blue space. It helps me relax and calms my mind. What blue space does that for you? About an hour ago, I was sitting down to write a blog post, and the kettle was on for a hot cup of tea. I am dog sitting today (this makes me very…

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A Hybrid of Nature: Growing Up Slowly

I was sixteen, going on twelve and twenty. I was loved by family and friends, and also had my share of teen angst–alone and lost in my own spirit, the way a bird thinks it’s ready to fly long before its wings have developed, and yet, the way the wind keeps calling her out anyway.…

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The Trails are Waiting With Wonder

Silver maples in the auburn sun, pirouetting light on leaves, the sun slowing setting beyond the woods like a disco ball disappearing into a memory … I was five, six, seven… I was running like the wind, I was chasing killdeer down a long driveway lined by huge pines, my hair blowing in the breeze, my favourite…

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Top Ten Ways To Become A Sleeping Beauty (How-To #2)

Even the worst sleeper can become a sleeping beauty. I have learned over the years that it’s a skill, and one that we have to learn and work at. We can teach ourselves to sleep well, just as we can teach children to sleep. It’s called sleep training. It works on adults too. I often…

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Dear Porch Lights

Dear Porch Lights, Running from dusk towards dark, you led me home. So often, darkness is interrupted by light and love. It’s hard to know it’s coming, it’s hard to wait for it, it’s hard to even see it sometimes, but I believe it’s there. Tonight, as I ran, my heart was heavy as I…

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Love, Victoria: Top Nine Spots To Visit

Sending love from Victoria BC as I am currently writing from the Saanich area of this beautiful island city while on vacation. The weather has been crisp and clear, blue-skied and sunny, and I am refreshed from walking, running, eating, writing, and sightseeing with family along the beautiful oceanside parks and waterfronts. I have been…

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Living Like Percy: The Love Of A Dog

Love, love, love, says Percy. And run as fast as you can along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust. Then, go to sleep. Give up your body heat, your beating heart. Then, trust.  — Mary Oliver There is something about dogs that makes me want to live to the fullest and love to the fullest, and open…

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Chorus of Frogs: Listening for One Voice

There is a chorus of frogs all around me. It has been one of the greatest moments of wonder so far on my trip to Victoria. My family lives in a different house now, with trails and ponds surrounding their backyard, and as I write from the sunroom, watching the red streaks of sunset over…

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Running The Risk & Risking The Run (How-To #1)

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no  longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be  vulnerable.”  — Madeleine L’Engle Today I am inspired by risk and vulnerability. There is a balance of fear and courage in the…

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