Sunday Evening Reflection: Walking the Ambleside Pier

“The idea to build a bridge across First Narrows was investigated as early as the 1890s, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that plans began to take shape. In December 1933, approval for the building of the bridge was reached through a city wide vote. Construction began on March 31, 1937 by clearing ten acres…

Sunday Evening Reflection: The Voice of Oceans

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.” Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us Tonight, I am…

Saying Yes to the Adventure

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell The problem with the word “adventure” is definition.  No one can be certain of the exact description because it depends on the unique characteristics of an individual.  Most like the idea of an adventure,…

Follow in Their Footsteps

There is a time when you must let go…when memories will give strength…and tears courage.  Friendship endures. “Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.” Aristophanes (448 – 380 BC) Greece

A September Walk

September is my favourite month.  There is energy, freshness in the breeze as I walk on Vancouver’s famous Seawall.  On a clear September morning, I can see the water touch the mountains. “Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea…

Sail Away

With the sun high in the heavens, and a gently chilled wind at our back, we sailed to Bowen Island, British Columbia.  As I looked across the glittering water, I remembered a poem from high school:  The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I have included a few lines…. Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me….