October 01, 2013

In the small Manitoba town of Clearwater, a hundred-year-old grain elevator has recently been put back into operation by the Stewarts, a local farming family. Long considered hoary old icons of bygone days, these buildings are rarely thought of as relevant to 21st-century agriculture. Their... read more

March 11, 2013

It's been over a year since I started working from a standing desk. Using the desk has felt increasingly normal: at least some of the increased productivity and focus I originally enjoyed has faded through familiarity. I still use the desk every day, and... read more

February 20, 2013

Not many years ago I realized that I genuinely enjoy spending time in the gym, performing the slightly absurd task of lifting heavy objects and putting them back down again. Weight lifting combines self-challenge, attention to detail, and a meditative focus on the present moment that I find... read more

February 12, 2013

Every now and then my mother recounts stories about family members distant in time, relation, or memory. These are the aunts once- or twice-removed, the third cousins, the ex-step-brothers-in-law of long-dead great-uncles. Some are blood; others, almost or might as well be. Not that blood or not... read more

February 01, 2013

This past year, I spent weeks extensively scouting for good deer-hunting grounds without ever leaving my house. Thanks to satellite imagery from Google Earth and Garmin, I was able to... read more

July 25, 2012

My partner and I recently took a spur-of-the-moment trip consisting of a single night of canoe camping. Heading off for 24 hours was a relatively alien experience because we've always done either very short paddles or multi-day backcountry excursions. But it turned out amazingly well. We covered... read more

January 13, 2012

I recently used a sheet of plywood and half an hour in a wood shop to drastically change my work environment. I built myself a standing desk. As it turns out, this simple change of posture has had surprising and far-reaching effects.

My motivation was physiological: I've been working from... read more

January 03, 2012

This essay appeared in The Locator (the official newsletter of Search and Rescue Manitoba), Jan-Feb 2014

I spent a lot of time alone in the woods this fall. Much of that time I had only the vaguest idea where I was. Being out in the... read more

October 26, 2011

There is tremendous beauty in the prairies, but like many newcomers I had to learn to see most of it. My first impression of the landscape in Manitoba was of unrelenting flatness. Exploring the province through the full cycle of seasons, however, has opened my eyes to its palette of colours and... read more

September 21, 2011

Music fesivals in Manitoba seem to be universally laid back. There are seldom lineups -- even for the bar -- and an amazing variety of people get along well in very close quarters. The Harvest Moon Festival, held for the tenth time this year in... read more