March 10, 2016
I woke up this morning to find workers cutting down the trees in the yard behind my apartment. When I talked to the workers, I learned that they had been asked to remove all the trees in order to “save” the pavement in a nearby parking lot, which was starting to buckle under the trees’ root systems.
This is, to my mind, a major misplacement of priorities. Something is very wrong when people value paved surfaces like parking lots over living, breathing trees — trees that mark the seasons with their budding and falling leaves; trees that provide hang-outs for birds; trees that offer a tiny shred of natural beauty and a few pearls of peace in our “go-go-go” urban concrete environment.
I wrote a letter to the apartment board, expressing my dismay in their decision to cut down the trees. I described the value the trees brought to me and the neighbourhood by their very presence. I didn’t think my letter would do any good — the trees were being cut down as I typed the words and pressed send.
A few hours later, I received a call from my landlord. He said that the apartment board had taken my letter to heart and were going to stop cutting the trees down.
So half the trees in my back yard will live.
All because one person (me) wrote one letter defending something they believed in, and one group of people (the apartment board) was open enough to listen (and for that, I want to thank them).
Heartening proof that one voice really can make a difference. . . . 🌱
July 1, 2015
Ten reasons why I love Canada:
- Abundant and easy access to nature and green space.
- Friendly people.
- Geographical and cultural diversity.
- Big cities, tiny hamlets and everything in between = countless living and travel opportunities.
- Lakes, lakes, lakes! (And rivers and oceans, too!)
- Four seasons.
- First Nations’ history and culture.
- Environmental ethic.
- Diversity of wildlife (and an ethos to respect and protect it).
- Natural beauty, from coast to coast to coast.
Happy Canada Day!
November 18, 2014
Wisdom from Winnie-the-Pooh:
Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell love, you feel it.” ♥
November 11, 2014
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
Lest we forget.
December 25, 2013
The best gift you can give is
the gift of your time;
the gift of an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on;
the gift of an open heart.
November 11, 2013
In honour of our fallen soldiers and those who serve our country, past, present and future: Lest we forget.
November 8, 2013
Just had a good dinner and a good laugh with a new friend.
Laughter: it cleans out the soul, puts a shine on your face, and leaves you fresh to travel the path before you.
This weekend, get out there and laugh. It does a body good.
October 17, 2013
Because everyone needs a carefree song about love once in a while!
(Song: “You & I” by Ingrid Michaelson)
(Video by tinydoodlez)
September 24, 2013
I love this verse from the song Calendar Girl by the Canadian band Stars:
I can’t live forever
I can’t always be
One day I’ll be sand on a beach by the sea
The pages keep turning
I’ll mark off each day with a cross
And I’ll laugh about all that we’ve lost.
September 22, 2013
It’s the first day of fall! Here are a few quotes to celebrate the coming season of colour and change:
Autumn mornings, sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.
Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower.
Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.
Inside of us, there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.
O’ pumpkin pie, your time has come ’round again and I am autumnrifically happy!