Motorcycle Mama is Running With The EEL Man

I unleashed the beast….. in a woman. Lynn has been entertaining the idea of learning to ride a motorcycle for a few years. She has been dragging her heals about it. Suzuki had a very reasonably priced bike come to market in Canada for 2017. It is a full size frame bike, weighing in at…

Intersecting Trails and Communion In The Forest

“I also know that my watch moves more slowly when I am on foot. Walking affects not just space and distance but also time itself. In our high-speed way of living – which we intriguingly call ‘driven’ – we miss many things.” (Arthur Paul Boers. The Way is Made by Walking) The weather was awesome…

Me Nerves Are Rubbed Right Raw – Yarns From The Fisherman’s Shanty 

​The first day that I began hiking the Bruce Trail, the route was enormously rewarding and the scenery breathtaking. Large, old trees powered overhead. I marveled at gargantuan limestone boulders that threatend to break off and plummet down high cliffs. I was awed by lovely glades. What struck me even more than the beauty of…

Hiking The East Coast Trail in Newfoundland Part 2 – No Picnic.

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” (Rosa Luxemburg) Just in case you think this 320 km hike is a cake walk. Read the experiece of these two women.  It seems the weather turned ugly on them and it rapidly transformed there thru-hiking trip into a monumental challenge.  “So You Want To…

Who Cares About Your Questions and Your Cancer?

“Someone thinks you are wonderfully mysterious.”, says my fortune cookie today. I have yet to have any human confirm this, i wrote on social media. Then I receive these replies. “Someone stole the Count’s fortune cookie, I think.”, Sister-in-Law. “Or possibly the Lucky Charms guy. No, wait, that’s “magically delicious.” Which I’m pretty sure you’re…

The Human Struggle From Both Sides

What a morning… We are back into the swing of Canada. Well, kind of, in a reluctant way. Lynn started back to work at her Canadian job this morning. She was up at 4:45 and off by 5:30 AM for her commute to work.  I slipped over to the workshop to light the wood stove,…

I Kissed A Canadian

“There is a story told of two monks in Japan, traveling together down a muddy Road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a Bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl,” said Tanzan and at once. Lifting her in his arms,…

From Mali to The Pennine Way in England?

“Thanks for this great article, Andy, and for allowing me to have one of the most memorable, enjoyable and fulfilling weeks ever.” Rob Baker If you have been following my website you are aware of the music we recorded from the Ganadougou  people  in South Eastern Mali. Rob Baker is the ethnomusicologist, from England, who…

Evening Shiver

Strapped on the Canadian winter flip flops and went to the woods tonight. It was my first time snowshoeing since returning from Africa. What a treat this was.  Canada is such a beautiful country, even in winter. Winter is not so bad if you embrace the beauty of it.  My youngest son Tim came along…

Our Cultural & Faith Experiences Are Not Broken

“If you want to move away from your home culture, one thing you have to be ready for is sobbing when it makes no sense.” (Kristy Carlson) We get the message. It seems to be covered very well  in most books or orientation chats. When we travel internationally we fully expect to encounter new customs,…

Trails to Lobster Traps – Wild Planning

Two sets of planning going in my crazy head today. Firstly, I am planning for my up and coming Lobster season. Been stitching funnels and heads for another fifty new lobster traps I already built. Today, my son weaved those heads onto the maple hoops, while I sized and stapled them.  Once finshed, we can…