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Even Negative Results Are Useful

I’ve hesitated to publish this post, as I don’t want readers to get the wrong idea. I don’t want you feel sorry for me, and I’m not ‘brave’ for writing it (see Kelly Sundberg’s blog post for some of the hidden connotations of being called brave). I don’t need some kind of intervention: I have…

Turning the Calendar to a New Year

Today we went for a walk along the estuary, the sun bright on an atypically frosty west coast day. The air was redolent with the scent of rotting salmon, the spawning season ending in a mess of fish carcasses fought over by noisy gulls. The advent calendar is now empty, no presents are left under…

Canada Isn’t Immune to Trump-ism

This article was re-posted on the DeSmog Canada site on Dec 5 2016. Edited Nov 28 to add income inequality info. In the days following the US election, two former Canadian ambassadors to the US had some advice for Canadians worried about the future of Canada-US relations. “Calm down,” they said. “Change the channel and…

Listening to winter in a land of extremes

This summer I was worried about drought. About the ability of the greatly diminished Cowichan River to support the fall Chinook salmon run. These worries seem silly now that the winter rains have arrived, with a record 27 days of rain in October. A sodden procession of greyness and damp. This is the land of…

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Celebrating the Ordinary

Writers and other artists are often exhorted to cram their lives with a range of experiences to create fertile ground for generating creative ideas. These experiences could include working at many different jobs, travelling to distant locales, striking up conversations with strangers, absorbing various art styles at art galleries and museums, and more. While it’s…