The Long Way Home

As a means of solidifying many photographs and words written long ago (2002), I will be posting subsequent chapters to this initial endeavor here. The summer I graduated from University, my younger sister and I worked at a Boy Scout summer camp in the Ozark Mountains, where I had interned the previous year. With the […]

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Canada Day & Our Country's Parks

Last week I received an early-morning phone call informing me that a friend of a friend had passed away over the weekend along the lengths of the Yellowhead Highway’s western flank, in Smithers, BC. Weary of the drive through the Fraser’s canyon and the sheer distance involved in traversing the province’s northern shoulder – some two thousand kilometers in all – […]

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Harnessing Consumer Rage

< p style=”text-align: center;”>  Several years ago I was sitting in the aisle seat of an American Airlines 737 in Dallas, catching the evening flight to Vancouver. While we waited on the tarmac, a serious man in his early fifties cleared his throat and pushed the attendant button above us. When the flight attendant arrived […]

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On Thoreau's Birthday

Between 2003 and 2005 I spent three consecutive summers working in the woods of the Ozark Foothills in Arkansas at a summer camp, living in tents alongside sixty some young instructors huddling our lives around the idea that the indulgent experience of nature could provide some truth. We would wake with the dawn and attend […]

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As part of my summer course work finishing up PDP at SFU, I took an eight-credit Designs for Learning Language Arts course with Dr. Carolyn Mamchur – to this date one of the most intelligent, warm and inspirational people I have yet encountered – during which each student was to study their favourite author. Since declaring […]

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The Human Solution of Dancing

A few weeks ago a group of my friends headed south to George, Washington to attend the Sasquatch Music Festival and enjoy five days of revelry set against the backdrop of the Gorge Amphitheatre, taking in such acts as Fleet Foxes, Kings of Leon, M. Ward, and others over the course of the weekend. One […]

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The Human Problem with Elevators

Last week I was in an elevator with a young couple, and was thinking about the nature of human interaction in confined spaces. Evidently I’m not the only one who is given to such thoughts, as the following can attest: Elevators are relatively recent inventions, but the social challenges they pose are nothing new. Close proximity […]

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Oudoor Networks

I spent the better part of last week in the woods. With my teaching partner and our 27 students – one left behind to combat continued health issues – and my youngest sister in tow, we left school just after 6:30 Thursday morning and made our way with the help of assorted parent-drivers and a U-Haul to the […]

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