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…

Pumpkin Beer and Awe-Inspiring Sunsets

This weekend, I considered writing a thoughtfully-researched post, or one focused on promoting a particular geographic location. I’ve had a busy few weeks, however, and didn’t want to strain my mental faculties or cater to other’s interests on a rare day off. I firmly believe that one of the most positive, life-affirming mental activities you…

Commuting for a Career

It is not the commute which makes the person, but rather the person who makes the commute I always swore, during the teenage years I spent obsessively visualizing my eventual career, that I wouldn’t drive for more than one hour to reach a job. The solution seemed simple: once I got a job, I would…

How Nature Shaped my Life #BacktoNature

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” — Rachel Carson Growing up, I rode ponies and climbed trees and swam in lakes. These experiences weren’t always comfortable or happy. However, these were the experiences which taught me how to be independent, curious,…

Make Yourself Romantic: Candles, Wine, and Fresh Food Travels

What if you could go out for the perfect, romantic date that treats you as much as your new love interest or long-term partner? Look no further than the great destinations in and around Sparta, Ontario, a village located a short 10 minutes away from the shores of Lake Erie. Sparta is also located a…

Art! Art! My Kingdom for some Art!

In the usual day-to-day grind, I think that it’s easy to ignore the beauty, symbolism, and spiritual awakening that can be found all around us. We remind ourselves of the importance of slowing down, ‘taking it easy’, and even stopping ‘to smell the roses’ all the time. Yet we very rarely have the opportunity to…

Backcountry Camping at #BonEcho and My Nutty Experience

Last weekend, I visited the amazing Bon Echo Provincial Park. There are lots of incredible vistas and cool things to do at the park; you can hike trails up to 17 kilometers in length, kayak or canoe over to the 100 meter high Mazinaw Rock, check out the over 260 Aboriginal pictographs portrayed on the Rock,…

Hers & Mine: National #GirlfriendsDay in August!

As a Canadian, I wasn’t aware that there was a day of recognition for individual women, long-time girlfriends, and their collective health – but there is, and it’s called National Girlfriends Day. It’s an ‘unofficial’ national holiday on August 1st each year in the United States, and I think that it’s a great initiative to remind…

Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

Brennan, Marie. (2015). Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir of Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons). Tor Books; New York.  During one lovely evening at my local library, my eye was captured by a brilliantly-designed book cover out under the ‘new releases’ section. I read through the plot description for the novel before checking…