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on stands now…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a photojournalist for National Geographic. Last year I managed to somewhat fulfill this life-long ambition, when a story I pitched to their travel mag, National Geographic Traveler, was accepted. In August, J. and I jumped in the car...

the dog days of winter

A hint of spring arrived this Sunday. The sky was blue and the bright sun ate away at our - no exaggeration - six-foot snowbanks. We decided to take advantage of the weather by heading out into one of our local public forests, for a turn around a ski-trail. This plan...

total eclipse of the moon

Last night, J. and I bundled up and spent a good hour, on and off, standing in our driveway. We leaned against our car and watched the sky. The solar eclipse started with a small bite out of the side and gradually, ever so slowly, the moon disappeared. As it sank into...

back on track

Okay, Okay. I know. I know! I have fallen prey to the blogger's disease, procrastination, abandonment, evident in the long delay between posts, that vacuous sense of time that must greet any of my regular readers as they wander over to my site only to see that, no,...

“This is Canada. We have winter.”

The snow keeps coming - a further ten to 20 centimeters expected today, on top of the 40 we've received since Saturday - and here's what that looks like right now through my office window. On the weekend, J. and I valiantly embraced the wintery-ness of it all by...

lost in translation

Last May, in downtown Santiago de Chile, I found myself laughing my head off in a brightly-lit diner. It was around midnight and a few of us, gripped by hunger, had sauntered up the street from our hostel to find something to eat. Little did we know the menu would...

about writing and travel…

My interview with TravelBlogs.com is up today. Read my responses to questions about the relationship between travel and writing, when I first found my wanderlust and, of course, what advice I'd give to newbies. Then come back and tell me what you think. Does travel...

daydreams and a great deal

This morning, before the sun came up, I took our dog for a walk. The sky was that pearly blue that deepens into an impossible, nearly neon shade before the sun emerges over the horizon and washes it out. It was beautiful - fat snowflakes drifted to the ground,...

thought of the day

For all the people I've met who think Canada means Shangri-la in some other language... this comes from Toronto housing advocate Cathy Crowe: ..Yes, Canada is at war in Afghanistan. Since 2001, Canadian Forces have been fighting a war that has now lasted longer than...

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