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Fifty Shades of Rain

Rain hangs about the place, like a friendly ghost. If it’s not coming down in delicate droplets, then it’s in buckets; and if neither, then it tends to lurk suspiciously about in the atmosphere. Barbara Acton-Bond It’s the twenty third of January, and I swear we haven’t had a day without rain since the New …

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From Healthy to Extinct in 350 Years — Hakai Magazine

In 1844, six men set out from Iceland in a small rowboat. They were headed for Eldey, a low-lying bare rock about 15 kilometers off the southwest coast. Rare great auks—large, black-and-white, flightless seabirds—nested there and the men had been commissioned by a specimen dealer to get hold of any birds they could find. Jumping… From …

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A New Years Toast to the True Grit of DIY Dreamers

So the holidays are over… Somehow we managed not to have any drywall dust flying around during Christmas dinner, just a little grit from the sanded grout we applied to the newly tiled kitchen wall. SOMEONE managed to get grout in the kitchen sponge so that the plates made little scratchy sounds on the island …

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Life: The Surgeon and The Sculptor

Life is a surgeon. With a random hand. It’s impossible to get through it without going under the knife from time to time.

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One Great Shot: Hunting the Milky Way — Hakai Magazine

As other locals from Victoria, British Columbia, might know, the best views of the Milky Way can usually be found far from city lights, down the West Coast Road. The night I took this image was a special one. After keeping a close eye on the conditions, some friends and I decided to visit Sandcut… via …

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My Interest in Pinterest Problem

I have a serious Pinterest addiction. I don’t know what it is about that site, but I can’t stop browsing and pinning and linking and dinking around for endless hours day and night and day. It’s like the crack of social media pages for  me. I have thirty five boards now. I don’t even own …

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Great Barrier Grief — Hakai Magazine

Nadine Marshall is trained as an ecologist, and she’s an expert on the Great Barrier Reef. But recently, her work has picked up an unexpected new element: crisis counseling. “People tell me about their childhoods spent spearfishing in clear blue … via Great Barrier Grief — Hakai Magazine   The grief is real. Do you feel …

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When it Hurts to Laugh Everyone is a Comedian

My body doesn’t seem to have a lot of patience with non-essential organs. I don’t know if it’s trying to make room in my abdomen for more pizza and Italian wedding cake or if I’m just prone to inflammation, but I’ve lost several over the years. What surgeons love to refer to as non-essential organs, …

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Talking to Myself Talking to God

I’ve decided that God is somewhat more like my dog and a lot less like the popular images of him in the church these days. And if I am wrong about that, I imagine that He is big enough to forgive me.

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Verona: Who Wouldn’t Fall in Love?

Verona wasn’t high on my list of cities to visit in Northern Italy–until I got there.

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