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The Article That Almost Wasn’t

I find myself in a state of virtual complete overwhelm. My mind feels anxious and I am dancing along the edge of anger. I am tired and agitated. How am I going to focus on writing this... 



Emotions as Messages

Times are changing. More and more people’s awareness is being raised about our environment. We are learning to shift from being a disposable society to one that recycles and re-uses.... 



The Orchid: A Tale of Hope and Trust

On Marine Drive, one block past Capilano Road, is a sign: Hope Road Closed. The street in question has not been open for years yet the sign always makes me smile. It reminds me of Anne... 



Food: Learn who to trust about our food supply

Recently I had the honour of attending a special convocation to honour the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva, seed-saving activist and advocate for sustainable farming. She was awarded an Honorary... 



Troubled Water: Do you know what’s going on with your water supply?

“Water is Blue Gold, it’s the oil of the twenty-first century.” – Maude Barlow Living through the rainy months on the west coast, a statement like Barlow’s can give... 



50 Shades of Green: The Carbon Economy

Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming, so why is it that we have been so challenged in taking steps to reduce our emissions and thus our impact on climate change? One... 



Conscious Creativity

Have you ever been asked what ten books you would take to a deserted island? I tend to compose answers to this even when not prompted—the joy of musing over well-loved treasures is,... 



Sourdough Bread

The smell of baking bread takes me back to my childhood, waiting eagerly in my grandmother’s kitchen for the loaves to come out of the oven. Fresh, hot slices, slathered in butter.... 



Inspiration and thoughts about food from movies

Recently I presented a documentary film festival here on Gabriola (filmgabriola.com). Even though the movies themselves were not about food, such as Food Inc., I tend to notice food-related... 



50 Shades of Green: The Power of Money

This feels like coming home! Until a few years ago, I lived in the ‘Warmland’—farming, vending at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, and writing a weekly column for The Citizen called... 



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