Spit Delaney’s Island at Theatre Inconnu December 3-19, 2015. A review.

Spit Delaney's Island at Theatre Inconnu December 3-19, 2015. A review. As an islander, born and bred, no one speaks to me like author Jack Hodgins. When I’m reading his short stories and novels, the smell of the sea and pictures of impenetrable forest fairly leap from the page—his vivid characters reminiscent of some of the eccentrics I remember growing up as a logger’s daughter on the West Coast. Thus, imagine my excitement last December when … [Read more...]

FREE Community Recycling Events on Vancouver Island April May 2014

FREE Community Recycling Events on Vancouver Island April May 2014. I'm a long-time supporter of recycling (and composting) and was an original dumpster-diver at the University of Victoria when the first paper recycling program was being established over 40 years ago.  I've written about my soft plastic recycling efforts--Beyond the Blue Box, Take Recycling to the Next Level.  Island Return-It depots have organized FREE community Recycling … [Read more...]

Chor Leoni presents Cadillac Cathedral Feb 1 in Victoria, Feb 2 in Nanaimo

Chor Leoni presents Cadillac Cathedral. No writer better embodies what it is to live on Vancouver Island, for me, than the venerable Jack Hodgins, author and professor emeritus at the University of Victoria. I came late to his work, in the 2000s, and still remember reading passages of The Invention of the World (his first novel, written in 1977) and veritably smelling the tang of the beach at high tide, and hearing the crunch of sand under … [Read more...]

Pacific Brant Festival (Parksville Qualicum) and tour with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Hikes

I've lived on Vancouver Island almost all my life, first on the West Coast, and then in Victoria. In the late 1980s my parents retired to  Oceanside (Parksville - Qualicum Beach).  We've spent many hours on beaches and in the forest exploring.  One popular event we've enjoyed in the past is the Pacific Brant Wildlife Festival. This year, wanting to surprise my husband (an avid bird watcher and photographer) for his birthday, I remembered the … [Read more...]