LIFESTYLE

Up North and Off the Grid: Sour Cherries and Summer Memories

July 1, 2013

One day several years ago, I was admiring the fresh fruit at our local farmers’ market.  There were these odd looking cherries that caught my...

Up North and Off the Grid: Children in the Woods

June 1, 2013

When my youngest daughter was around eight years old, a friend suggested I might be interested in a book called Last Child in the Woods...

Up North and Off the Grid: Winter’s End

May 1, 2013

Life is colder in the north. Winter lingers three to five weeks longer than in southern Ontario. This year, ice-out for our area is happening in...

Up North and Off the Grid: A Dream of Spring

April 1, 2013

On March 20th, spring arrived at long last! But this is still early spring, so it is only the first part of spring that we see through...

The Gift Circle: Cultivating Community

April 1, 2013

The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community. – Charles Eisenstein The Gift...

Up North and Off Grid: Enjoying Winter Wildlife

March 1, 2013

It has been so long since we had a real winter, I had almost forgotten how much fun it can be. As long as I...

Found and Captured in South America

March 1, 2013

Since following the astonishing impulse to leave our entire life in Vancouver behind and move down to South America two years ago, we have been...

Up North and Off Grid: Swampy

February 1, 2013

It was a perfect day for skiing on the lake. Just a couple inches of snow covered most of the icy surface. No trail needed,...

Up North and Off Grid: December on the Lake

December 1, 2012

It is dark this December morning. And cold. I want to stay inside and hibernate. Dawn comes slowly. Eventually the sun rises but it gives...

Up North and Off Grid: Over the Hill

November 1, 2012

I climbed to the top of another hill this year. I’ve completed six decades of life. Now I am 60. Yet when I look in...

Autumn Morning

October 1, 2012

Already the sun is rising late. After 7:30 where I live, and it is going fast. Thankfully the dawn arrives well before the sun pokes...

Summer Morning

July 1, 2012

The sun rises to the north-east long before sleep is ready to give way to the day. I half wake as the first rays of...

Wolf Lake Red Pines

June 1, 2012

I first travelled through the Wolf Lake area more than 30 years ago. We travelled by canoe, paddling and portaging through clear lakes and cool...

Success Story: Diabetes

June 1, 2012

How One Family Used Nutrition to Conquer Type 1 Diabetes The idea that Type 2 diabetes can be managed, reversed, and now even cured by...

Violets

May 1, 2012

Spring flowers are in full bloom, much to my surprise. It seemed that the forest floor was brown as ever, until I noticed the violets...

April Promises

April 1, 2012

After the shortest winter ever, I find myself looking out at a landscape without snow. I’m torn between the sadness of losing the ice from...