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
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
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
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
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
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