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The Art of Living Colour

"Come in, come in,” invites Kristeen Verge, waving me into her Nanaimo studio with the wet end of a loaded paintbrush. "I’m doing a red wash,” she divulges, grinning... 



A Man for the Mountain

What does it really mean to give back? Is it just the return of something we’ve borrowed and used, and now no longer need? Like, "thanks, Mom, here’s your Kleenex back.”... 



Re-Greening

Unless your name is Tarzan, your home is probably not very Green. Granted, Tarzan’s was a particular lifestyle choice, and he spent much of his time swinging from vines. So,... 



About Love (written in 1976)

Mine was an exception. I thought it was the rule, but my naiveté has grown older along with me, and now I know. Home was where my Mother was. My father too, of course, but she was... 



Weaving the Words

"The way Grandpa taught us,” Ellen White begins, gently tapping her forehead, "he always said, ‘What is the thought before it becomes IN you’? And that means, what... 



A Simple Plan – Interview with Dirk Becker

Imagine a work day where your morning commute finishes, before it even starts. Where working in your field means stepping into rows of delicious green leaves and vibrant patches of... 



The Sensei

It’s 3:30 on a warm Tuesday afternoon, and as he always does, Brian Maximchuk stops and performs a quick ritual bow before entering the teaching area of his martial arts dojo... 



Heart Beats

Madonna and Meg Ryan each have one. Angelina Jolie has two. And Pamela Lynn, who has one, would have two more in an instant. We’re talking about adoptive children. And each... 



Collecting the Sun

Sunlight pours along the Vancouver Island country roads of Cedar, leading me a bright chase through dappled woods and freshening spring fields. Revelling in the glory of the day with... 



Pet Peeves

I am an indifferent pet person. Oh, not the kind that would mistreat an animal or ignore its needs, just someone who doesn’t love to have pets around. They’re there, I’m... 



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