Tag Archives: Childhood

Dufferin elementary

My parents informed me that they will be attending a celebration of my childhood school, Dufferin Elementary before it gets torn down or whatever the local school board plans to do, since all three of their children attended it. With the news comes some pangs of nostalgia. I’ve started to collect and list some memories […]

Jock Roots – the Prodigal Runner

My 29th birthday was looming in the fall of 2006 and I was feeling disheartened. Another botched relationship, my Master’s degree wasn’t pulling in the job offers, and I needed some direction. As an avid skateboarder I had moved to Vancouver ten years earlier from Ontario because it was considered to be the Canadian mecca […]

Jon West 2008

Girl Gangs

Growing up in small town Ontario meant that I didn’t have many like-minded girls to hang with, as I was a fierce tomboy from a young age. I had two big brothers, and I wanted to do everything that they did. We lived on a dead end street and every day after school and throughout […]

Blueberries, Unicorns, and Hobbits: Reflections on camping adventures

When I think of camping I get flooded with happy memories and stories of adventures, or just flashes of associations like the smell of campfire and the taste of a gooey marshmallow. My parents are from New Zealand, and my Dad had idealized Canada and the great outdoors as a boy. He ended up becoming […]