Standing on the Banks of the Cheakamus River

Reciting poetry in nature is an extraordinary experience. Perhaps it is the way that words sound when surrounded by the noise and vibrations of the outdoors. Words resonate and energize the spirit when spoken out loud, carried by the wind into the unknown.  Words carried by the wind into the unknown. This summer, we attendedContinue reading “Standing on the Banks of the Cheakamus River”

Dazzle My Heart, Mural Artist Michelle Hoogveld

Urban art is a form of self-expression and social commentary that has the power to alter any space into something special, memorable, and exciting. There are many different types of urban art: there are “street artists” who leave their mark on buildings; there are artists who specialize in creating characters out of found objects; thereContinue reading “Dazzle My Heart, Mural Artist Michelle Hoogveld”

Celebrating World Kindness Day

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand It all started September 1997, in Tokyo when Japan brought together like-minded kindness organizations from around the world for the first time to establish the World Kindness Movement.  Its missionContinue reading “Celebrating World Kindness Day”

In A Japanese Garden

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”  Matsuo Bashō Gardens create moments of serenity in the midst of a chaotic world. They invite us to find peace, encouraging us to let go of our stresses and worries. The sights and sounds of nature are distilled, not amplified. Like all great art,Continue reading “In A Japanese Garden”

We Shall Not Cease From Exploration

Throughout the centuries, humanity has traveled the planet in search of new places to explore and live. We have crossed oceans on boats, trekked through mountains and deserts, and invented wings for flight. We have gone underground—into mines, caves, and now into space itself! Exploration is embedded in our DNA. We seek opportunities to seeContinue reading “We Shall Not Cease From Exploration”

A Zen Moment In Autumn

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl This weekend, I met up with Sarah and Frances for coffee for the first time in three weeks, which included a visit to Park &Continue reading “A Zen Moment In Autumn”