Help Create a List of 150 Great Canadian Hikes with Urban Poling!

When I first heard about Urban Poling‘s contest to create a list of 150 Great Canadian Hikes, I immediately went back through some of my earlier blogs (here) and rhapsodised about all the amazing natural areas I’ve visited in Canada. Most of my hikes have been in Southwestern Ontario, which offers an incredibly rich and…

Online Engagement and the Mother of All Health & Beauty Products

I’m not normally one to purchase items online – I tend to prefer the traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. This is for several reasons: 1) I like to be able to inspect the quality and condition of an item prior to purchasing; 2) I’m nervous about shipping costs; and, 3) I feel that online purchases are a…

Puzzling Away

When you take on the task of making a puzzle, it’s likely that a formerly useless space in your home will adopt the appearance of a busy work station. The table in my kitchen currently resembles the scattered, busy desk of an insane genius. And, on some early-spring evenings when the wind is howling away…

Honouring Baby Steps

I confess that I had to double-check on the euphemism to use for this post. Baby Steps turned out to be the most accurate term for the concept in my head – the idea of taking “a tentative act or measure which is the first stage in a long and challenging process” (Oxford Dictionary, 2017)….

Supporting a Thriving Forest – Network Talk

Over the course of the last year, I’ve been avidly exploring the theory and reality of what it means to build a network for social change. This work has entailed exploring and applying principles from Network Weaving (see June Holley’s website and related published resources on the topic here) and Collective Impact (an approach describing…

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Commuting Stress

*Please note that this is a Guest Post provided to me via Joshna Joe.  Let’s face it, commuting is stressful. Driving long distance, getting stuck up in the traffic, car breakdown, reporting late for work – everything is stressful. In turn that makes our day least enjoyable. Commuting is an unpleasant experience for many. It causes…

“It’s Time for Bed!” Strategies for Better Sleep

I launch myself into the air, feeling a wave of joy rise up from my belly, my arms outstretched. “Bed!” I shout. “I love you!” Thus, I sink into the warm, soft sheets, promising me a period of comfortable and delectable oblivion. I might, at that point, roll over and inspect the ceiling, feeling the…

A Place of Peace & Hiking Trails

Overcast, chilly, grey days are often the best times to be outdoors and rambling through the woods. There is atmosphere in the leaden sky, and the brisk wind sharpens your senses. On just such a day, I took a very long hike through the Ignatius Jesuit Centre – a short 2 km north of Guelph, Ontario….

Why a Garbage Bag is My New Hiking Companion

I know what you may be thinking – but, no, the ‘garbage bag’ in this title is not a euphemism for a friend or family member who regularly hikes with me. Recently, I’ve started to bring a bag with me when I go out hiking – filling it up during my wanderings with the discarded…

Creatures, Big and Small

At the advanced age of 25 years, I’m aggrieved to say that I’d never visited the Toronto Zoo before! Hence, I took great pleasure in walking through as much of the sprawling zoo as possible, peering in at the animals and wondering at their magical lives, during a recent weekend visit. The Zoo opened in …

A Visit for the Birds

For a truly wonderful weekend drive, Ruthven Park National Historic Site offers everything you could hope for. This gorgeous 1845 Greek Revival mansion is filled with original family furnishings and possessions from the Thompson family. The Thompson family occupied the building between 1845- 1993. As the 1500-acre property is situated along the banks of the…