Your Job Isn’t Who You Are

*Updated 1 Nov to add thanks to @jryancs.  It’s fall. The big leaf maples are shedding their leaves—a profusion of yellow, orange, and red covers the trail on our forest walk. I stay alert to the possibility of crossing paths with the bear that’s been wandering around our neighbourhood, but my ears are full of…

Talking About Mental Health

Note: Edited 22 Jul 2017 to add comment from Alex Riley. I’ve had some conversations about mental health lately that have made me think a lot about what it means to have a mental illness, how you navigate the world with it, and how others perceive that illness and its impact on your life. Much…

Wednesday on the Web – 19 July edition

It’s been a tough week. I’ve had to spend more days in bed than I’d like to, and am feeling the gloomy fingers of depression creeping back into my life. I realize I’ve had a lot on my plate lately, so this change in mood is an entirely predictable response. That doesn’t mean I have…

spring

Focus On Spring

It’s been a cold winter and cool spring here on southern Vancouver Island, with more snow than we’re used to. Right now our upper elevation snowpack is at 72% of normal, which isn’t bad but still holds the risk of another dry summer, depending what our spring/summer temperature and precipitation is like. Not that long…