This day couldn’t get any better

“This day couldn’t get any better could it?” asks 8 year old Paula, as we walked barefoot in the rain in the woods in October.  Then she says “or could it?” Just then I hiked up my skirt, and said “let’s run!”  She let out a gleeful squeal, igniting my inner child and we splashed through the puddles in our bare feet.  There … Read More

The Essence of Exploration in Nature vs MineCraft

The essence of exploration lies in the unknown. August 30th 2014, my sister, mom and I embarked on an adventure to Jedadiah Island, in this great archipelago near Nanoose Harbour off Vancouver Island.  Although it was a short three day, two night outing, the essence of exploration became apparent in regards to my research proposal.  I have decided to start blogging about my … Read More

Raccoon Medicine by Jamie Sams and David Carson

This is a brief quotation from the book called “Medicine Cards”  written by Jamie Sams, and David Carson, illustrated by Angela Werneke. Copywritten in 1999 by Angela Werneke.  New York, N.Y. The reason for quoting these words is to support my Masters work, as these stories, teachings and medicine of the animals in this book are furthering my self awareness … Read More

Who am I being that your eyes are not shining?

Who am I being that your eyes are not shining? Just in the past couple of days I have watched the sparkle leave your face.  What have I done?  I do not want to live that way!  Ben Zander’s TED TALK  has tickled my senses and I feel more aware: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE&w=560&h=315] helped this concept hit home for me, and I … Read More

Why can’t we call it Magic?

Why can’t we call it Magic?  Why does it have to be scientifically proven, or based on a belief structure.  Why can’t the magic of nature be just that? Why am I on this journey of a Masters to prove the magic of nature, and how it alters lives?  With over 13 years of experience in the field, I have … Read More

Empathy shows itself to me yet again… maybe I should listen.

I woke up this morning reflecting on a pickle that I experienced at work.  And it wasn’t the pickle that hit home so much, or the fact that I felt incompetent and embarrassed.  What it all came down to was, how I dealt with this pickle, and the honest feedback and reflection that I received that smacked me in the … Read More

Today I paddle the Finlayson Arm

Today I am going to paddle the Finlayson Arm. I have been craving this for weeks, since I moved to this little cabin on the mountain, and I keep looking out at the arm, wondering what is around the bend… “Just around the river bend, I look once more just around the riverbend, beyond the shore… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z3WECm0lkU&w=420&h=315] I am exhilarated … Read More

Get out into Nature and what do I see?

Even I need to remember to get out into Nature.  A Nature Educator. This morning I woke and reflected on my days passed, of what I learned, what I saw and what I remember.  I came to realize that I was graced with the presence of a beautiful Barred Owl and in the stillness of his gaze, he spoke to me.  Yet my … Read More