Sunset on Christmas Hill

People who know me know that I’m not very outdoorsy. On weekends you’re more likely to find me curled up with a good book than see me hiking up a mountain. But the great thing about Victoria, BC, is that it’s possible for a bookworm like me to look like I’ve climbed a mountain, even though the climb took about 10 minutes.

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’90s Nostalgia and the Ogden Point Breakwater

In April 2017 the University of Victoria Alumni Association published a post called “YouTunes” that talked about students’ musical memories from their time at UVic. It’s a fun post to read if you love music and the memories certain songs and bands hold.

It got me thinking about the ’90s again, which is the era when I attended UVic. I often think of the ’90s with fondness, and most of the music I listen to is from that decade. It isn’t that life was necessarily easier back then. But there was a certain excitement and freedom about being a student with an unwritten future still ahead of me. And there was a certain comfort in the familiar routine of school.

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The Many Skies of Dallas Road, Victoria, BC

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.

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Remembering Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

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.

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Memories of White Christmases Past

It snowed in Victoria, BC, this week, great big fluffy flakes that created a winter wonderland overnight. This is very unusual weather for our little corner of the world, and I was eating a lot of humble pie because of my previous gloating about how warm and snow-free we were.

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With Courage and Grace, Too

Last weekend I did what millions of other Canadians did – watched The Tragically Hip’s final Man Machine Poem concert broadcast on CBC Television.

It was hard to overlook the significance of that evening. Lead singer Gord Downie was up there performing with the same passion, wit, and wisdom as usual, but with one difference – we all knew that he’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. What a courageous, generous man. And what love there was between the band members who stood up there with him.

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"Make New Friends but Keep the Old"

I love moving to new places. There’s something exhilarating about dropping everything and starting a new life in a new city. I don’t like packing, however, and all the work that goes into moving. Sometimes I think it would be great to just leave everything behind, but I’m sure at some point I would miss my wedding photos, books, and comfy furniture.

And one thing’s for certain – I always miss the people I leave behind.

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