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…

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…