Going for a walk on Dallas Road can be like visiting an art gallery, especially in the summer and winter. Before blossoms or coloured leaves become the stars of the show here in Victoria, the skies put on fantastic shows of light, and our eyes are drawn upwards.
Spring is arriving in Victoria, BC, slowly but surely. And one of my favourite places to see its arrival is on Dallas Road. It shows up in daffodils.
Like many Canadians, I felt a profound sense of loss last Wednesday when I found out that Stuart McLean had passed away. He was a bestselling author, journalist, and host of The Vinyl Cafe radio show, a wonderful program that introduced us to a series of humorous, heartwarming stories about a fictional family and their friends and neighbours. Stuart’s storytelling brought these characters to life and made us love them and relate to them.
I love telling people I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Little kids laugh at how funny the name sounds, and adults who have only ever known me as a British Columbian often raise their eyebrows in surprise.
I have had the distinct privilege of living in many beautiful places in Western Canada. My birthplace was Saskatchewan, “Land of the Living Skies,” where the level plains of golden wheat fields are contrasted by a brilliant, ever-changing sky.