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Photo Blogging Challenge – Feliz Navidad (December 2018)

Over the past twenty years or so, our Christmas celebrations have shifted away from presents towards presence. This year our celebrations included preparing and enjoying several meals with extended family and friends, movie and board game nights with our young adult sons, and plenty of nature walks for the two of us! It was a Merry Christmas, indeed!

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Summer Fun (August 2017)

Our favourite kind of summer fun is hiking. But with so many wildfires raging in western Canada over the past few months, it's seemed kind of pointless to put in the effort to reach the top of a mountain when, in all likelihood, the views will be obscured by smoky haze. So for 2017, we've…

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Holidays (December 2015)

Sadly, there's something polarizing about the word holidays. A word that's meant to encompass the celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year has become something of a political and religious hot potato. Aside from stumbling across one particularly vitriolic diatribe against the Starbucks "Happy Holidays" campaign, I managed to avoid most such nonsense…

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Swiftly Flow The Days

I noticed earlier this week that countdown calendars are popping up everywhere: 15 days until Black Friday; 42 days before Christmas; 49 days until 2016... As the days, hours, minutes and seconds wind down, the pressure of holiday busy-ness spins up. Add school concerts, recitals, parties, shopping, baking, juggling finances, and other extras to an…