Cycling in the Rain

Keep Pedalling – It’s only rain!

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It is difficult to find the words to describe the joys of the extended summer experienced on the West Coast of Canada. As we head towards November, it seems as though we have only just wrapped up those T-shirt and cotton dress days to find the Fall rains starting to visit our shores.

I chose the best summer to sell my car this past summer. I had owned a cute VW Cabrio for more than 10 years and she was a charmer. Along with my two-wheeled vehicles I felt that I had the best transportation fleet in town. Yet there had been a subdued desire within me to ‘go carless’ and challenge myself to rely on my sturdy steel-framed Brodie as my main form of transformation. In June I took the plunge and I sold my beloved convertible to friends. My new life without a motor vehicle was beginning.

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Fall Begins, What are you Reading?

Meaning in life, and how death can hurt your family without insurance

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I am sure that most of us have joined a Book Club at one point in our lives. Predominantly a Women’s past-time, we love to talk up a book and share our reading experiences. Many books provide us with Book Club questions to debate, and our Newspapers, Radio Stations and Internet recommend titles for us to consider.

Yet, how many of us find ourselves not having time to read the book before the Book Club night, but show up for the food, wine and catch up with the girls anyway? It is an indicator of modern times with busy ladies juggling careers, families, activities and responsibilities. We are losing our personal time for quiet reading and we are also losing the art of telling stories. Continue reading


International Facilitation Week, 2014

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Around the world, business and community leaders will be attending conferences and workshops during this coming week, to focus on the power of facilitation.

We are all involved in meetings in our everyday lives, whether it be in the home, in the office, in our community work, in our Strata  Councils, in our crafts and family activities.  Meetings can be charged with emotions, time constraints, budget challenges, political contentions, environmental concerns, legal implications.  As meeting facilitators, we navigate discussions through facilitation skills.  Facilitation is like a compass, moving in the right direction through problem solving, action and understanding.

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Maple Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake

Entirely maple-sweetened (don’t worry, we won’t ask you to tap
your trees!) and creamy without the calories. This is slow food
at its finest, folks! You’ll need an overnight to make the yogurt
cheese, and like any cheesecake, this is best prepared the morning
before serving or even the night before (uh oh, super-slow food)
and chilled to reach its most perfect and pleasing texture. Consider
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Hollyhock’s Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 4 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup honey (or more to taste)This sauce brings zing to any table. Excellent on pancakes or
    waffles, in Almond-Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies (183) or with
    a holiday feast.
    Bring orange juice and zest to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add
    cranberries and honey and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes,
    or until cranberries burst and sauce thickens. Serve warm or chilled.
    – Moreka Jolar

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