Rest stops on the journey….

Looking over all of the activities for self care and stress management that I engaged in, I am really excited to see that these little activities add up. I realize that for me, self care is very diverse and it happens in many forms. Some forms are daily, like playing guitar, and some are more…

Fir is food!

I had the opportunity to participate in Gather Victoria’s urban walk and food tasting. It was a wonderful afternoon of learning about conifers and how they have been traditionally used as medicine and as nourishment. I love to cook and I love wild crafting and traditional ecological knowledge. On our walk, our hosts from Gather…

‘Bird’is the word.

It’s no secret that I love natural history and biology. Getting outside to see what I can see always clears my head. I don’t own fancy binoculars or a scope for birding, just an average pair of binoculars and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America. I don’t own a…

Ready, set….DRAW!

Beside the road between Charlotte and Tlell on Haida Gwaii is a statue carved by Ted Bellis. Roughly hewn by chainsaw from a cedar log into the form of Mary-she marks a small spring called St. Mary’s Spring. The spring is famous on the Misty Islands, and it is said that if you drink from…

Play like nobody is watching….and I really hope nobody is watching!

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.” ~Yehudi Menuhin I have been thinking about how I can show what I have learned with regards to my guitar practice. Playing the guitar is something that I do entirely for myself, and I am extremely…

Not your grandmum’s embroidery

I can’t forget the fresh smell of the linen closet, and the joy of gazing on my  Grandmum’s beautiful embroidered pillow cases. While I love them, it’s not something that I ever expect to replicate in this life. A long time ago I did some basic stitching to decorate a bag for storing treasures in….

Keen on Quinoa

I’m alone again, and don’t have a “Haus Frau” to help with food prep while I study. I was always so thankful that there was somebody else to cook and help out, but I’m trying to consciously look at the necessity of cooking as an opportunity to be creative and enjoy just ‘being present’. I…

Book it!

We are doing a great deal of academic reading this term. Thankfully it’s wonderful and very engaging, but I do miss reading for pleasure. So when I adjusted my passion project to focus on my own wellness and self regulation to help me stay regulated and centred; I decided that reading something frivolous for fun…

Every dog has his day, and thankfully he shares his with me.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” ~Gilda Radner Cletus Purcell is a busy dog; almost as busy as I am these days. He works. Cletus trains weekly in search and rescue to help find folks who go missing. Cletus…

Sandcut Beach

On October 11th I got the chance to get out of town for a drive. One of the things I like to do best is to spend time outside. Years ago I discovered Sandcut Beach before the little lot was labeled and marked. One of my favourite places to go, Sandcut is wonderful because it…

Taking care….

I’m realizing very quickly that being a full time student once again is challenging. I’m taking six courses and learning so much about being a pre-service teacher-it is making me dizzy. The truth is that while I have a degree in Anthropology, and have participated in other learning adventures as an adult-this is different. I…