Oh Spring, Where Art Thou?

I saw the funniest photo meme the other day. It was a missing person’s report for Mother Nature.  With the colder than average temperatures we have been experiencing of late, we are ALL searching for this bi-polar, apparently missing, nature adventuress. So I ask you Mother Nature, if you are indeed found, can you explain what the hell is up with this weather?  Are you going to fake us out yet again with some “spring-like” weather and then go on a bender and let good old Jack Frost have his way again??

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What I’m Grateful for after 50 Rotations Around the Sun

Having reached the half-century mark there’s a lot I’ve learned over the years. And there is a lot to be grateful for. Let’s face it – there are days when it seems like the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Everything seems so rushed, so immediate, so quick to judge – in this dopamine filled world, how often do we sit back and take a moment to reflect, to smell the flowers, to see the beauty that continually surrounds us in the midst of chaos. I thought it was time to reflect on what I am truly grateful for.

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Taking Action

Just jump already!

Those fine words of wisdom were spoken to me by a 10 year old kid as I was standing paralyzed at the top of a 15 foot diving board. Easy for him to say! Looking at the long line of impatient kids waiting for their turn, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and jumped. Was it fun? Yes, in a scary way. Did I race back up for a second go at it? Nope – I had reached my own “finished line”. I did it and once was enough. I am scared of heights after all.

Isn’t that the way of things in life? Just jump. Just do it. It sounds easy enough, right? It’s our fears that hold us back from taking those leaps of faith. Fear of injury, whether physical or emotional. Fear of failure. Fear of embarrassment. Fear of the finish line. Continue reading

What’s on YOUR Bucket List?

What is it about bucket lists that makes us think we can only do them when we know our time on earth is coming to an end. We all know that last day is coming for us sooner or later. What if instead, we made it our goal to complete one or more of the items on the list each year, or each month? Do bucket list items have to be something that takes a huge amount of time, courage or money? Or can they be small things that you’ve never quite gotten around to but mean to do “one of these days”. What about today? Is there something on your bucket list you can do today, this week or this month? Continue reading

Why Taking a Drive in the Country is Good for the Soul

We do not remember days, we remember moments.  

~ Cesare Pavese

For those of us that live in the city, you generally need to drive with eyes in the back of your head. Traveling the back roads through the prairies of Alberta gives the promise of freedom and the ability to breathe in the scenery in a somewhat more relaxed mode. In the prairies, we have the privilege of seeing all four corners of the sky at once. Rolling hills dotted with forest, prairie, cattle, horses, rivers and blue sky is what Alberta holds for an afternoon jaunt. Continue reading

Swan Song of Summer

Trumpeter Swan, Elk Island Park, Alberta

 

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.                 ~ Albert Einstein

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. It is a time of reflection, preparation and gratitude. Reflecting on the passing of summer, recent vacations and the lovely long days of sunshine. It is a time of gratitude for the harvest of ripe vegetables, the riot of vibrant colors and the crunch of leaves underfoot. It is a time for preparation for the coming winter, the goblins of Halloween and the warmth of the Christmas season. Continue reading