The Shaping of Worlds - The Legacy of Alexander Von Humboldt
We may not always realize how individuals and movements throughout time have shaped how we view the world today.  One example I recently learned about was in Andrea Wulf’s book:  The Invention ...
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Like Riding A Bike - Getting Creative Work Done
I’ve always disliked goals – maybe it’s because my goals weren’t set in reality.  I tried goals to “do a painting every week”, or “make set amount of money” but it just ...
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What Is The Purpose?
But it is not always easy to know what our unique purpose is.  So, I wonder if we can just feel rest assured that there are two true purposes for every human ...
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How Birds Give Us a Sense of Wonder
One of the most precious gifts I received as a child was a large picture book of birds painted by the 19th century ornithologist/artist, James Audubon.  It was from my grandparents in ...
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Treading on Traditional Territory
Last spring, I went on a field trip with my son’s grade 11 English “First People’s” class to Mac Laing Park in Comox with Dr. Jesse Morin, a local archeologist.  The experience ...
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Creating Space
I have been thinking about “space” lately, while replanting some shrubs and trees.  Having to consider how much space something like an apple tree will need when it is full grown is difficult while ...
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How Curiosity Makes Our Universe Expand
Curiosity makes us smarter and is also a quality that is essential for adding joy and wonder to our lives.  Ideally we keep nurturing this curiosity into adulthood, a time when we ...
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The Richness in Connecting to Place
The more I notice and respond to this place I live, the more my life becomes tied to it and the richer I feel.  Talking to and interacting with new and old ...
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The Surprising Lesson in "Alone"
This winter I watched the History Channel’s reality TV show “Alone”, where people get dropped off in the middle of the wilderness to see how long they can survive – whoever remains ...
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Do Trees Feel Time?
Walking through a forest I often think I am probably barely registering the very tip of what is actually happening there – the local language and lives of the resident plants and ...
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