Time for a Break

Well it’s coming up to the end of July, which means it’s time to take a break. From blogging, yes, but not from writing in general. This week I have an article out in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) magazine, about four great NCC destinations across Canada. I was happy I could include a…

Gardening as Editing

There’s a Dutch landscape designer whose work I really admire. Piet Oudolf has been creating lush garden landscapes for over 35 years. His goal is to create gardens that look wild even though they aren’t, as they use perennial grasses and flowers that may or may not be native to a particular area. His trick…

Hope in the Dark

I have borrowed the title for today’s post from a book by Rebecca Solnit. It’s about how to engage with society during dark political times, and was written during the Bush era (then re-issued when Trump was elected). It’s about politics and activism, but the title is equally well-suited to mental health issues – particularly…

Transformations

Last week I posted a lot of pictures of our garden, and briefly mentioned how many changes we’ve made since moving in at the end of the summer of 2014. We’ve talked a lot about whether we should stay here or move to somewhere cheaper and closer to the mountains. We’ve realized that, for now,…

Mental Health Break: Photography and Reading

The past two weeks have been pretty bad in terms of mental health. I’ve decided to cut down my Twitter and Facebook time even more. This has been nice because I’ve been able to do more reading and personal writing. I need these calming activities more than I need the frenzy of social media right…