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Bud Osborn’s book collection: a prophet’s companions

I approached the bookcase with dismay. Someone had picked the lock on the glass door and it was evident that several books had been stolen. I was angry. The books were from the Bud Osborn social activism collection in the Carnegie Centre*, and I had gone to some effort to find a place for them […]

Binners, Scavengers, Friends and Thieves

One thing I love about some of my Carnegie library regulars is how even though they may not have a lot in terms of Vancouver’s high-rolling standards, their gestures of kindness go so much deeper. A regular patron, whose Doctor believes he should be in a wheelchair since he can barely walk, explained how a […]

Haida Gwaii Roadtrip (Part Two)

Our luck with good weather continued on Haida Gwaii (see Part One), as we headed down to Aliford Bay for our adventure with Moresby Explorers. We were fortunate to get some spots on a one-day tour of Louise Island by zodiac. While it’s not officially in the Gwaii Haanas reserve, it’s still a Unesco heritage […]

Haida Gwaii Roadtrip (Part One)

Now that I’m back in the city, connected in to the news and all the strange happenings and acts of ignorance in the world, my recent roadtrip to Haida Gwaii with Scott feels a bit surreal. Nonetheless, what a wonderful retreat and adventure it was! We left Vancouver in the wee hours of the morning […]

My new XR650L-ouie, Louie

Last year my motorcycle “Alaska” turned into quite the ordeal and was reason enough for me to dread ever taking a bike onto a ferry, let alone the wilds of British Columbia again. As a kickstart-only dual sport with a blown CDI box there was not much I could do to remedy the situation during […]

Mid-July at the Carnegie

It’s always difficult to come back to work after some time off (even if it’s only a week!), but I’m fortunate in that my days tend to fly by. This week was hard. It started out with the photocopier breaking down and jamming, while an on-call staff person scrambles to pump out the 150 crossword […]

Stein Valley wilderness hike

In preparation for a multi-day hike along the Stein Valley trail, Scott and I stocked up on various lightweight treats and meals. We were lucky in that Scott had received some pretty generous gifts from his students’ parents, including a MEC gift card, along with bottles of wine (pour moi… the non-straight-edge member of the […]