Campbell River Random Stories

In all there is a pattern but Random stories about the Campbell River area can be fun.

Kayaking in Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound Marine Park Park Size: 8,449 hectares District Encompasses: Desolation Sound The Copeland Islands Malaspina Provincial Marine Park Anchorages: Prideaux Haven Tenedo’s Bay Grace Harbour Access: Squirrel Cove – Cortes Island Lund – Powell River Okeover Arm – Powell River Campsites within the Desolation Sound Park boundaries: 11 Note: Camping is only permitted in … Continue reading Kayaking in Desolation Sound

Breathing Life Into Death

I believe that many people would deal with death more simply, naturally, and honestly if they knew how. Since death is something most of us do not discuss openly, it tends to stay tucked away in a dark corner. Until we allow light to shine on this subject, it will not foster growth. When my … Continue reading Breathing Life Into Death

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Medical assistance in dying occurs when an authorized doctor or nurse practitioner provides or administers medication that intentionally brings about a person’s death, at that person’s request. This procedure is only available to eligible patients. Medical Assistance in Dying, shortened to the acronym “MAiD”, is the term officially used by the Canadian government, and replaces … Continue reading Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Our Bodies Matter

I opened a conversation about death and dying with two elderly couples, but it didn’t take long before I was simply listening. These people had experienced profound losses over the years. What they found the hardest, they agreed, were the deaths where there was no body. A son who had gone swimming after a boat … Continue reading Our Bodies Matter

End of Life Planning

What is the largest nation in the world? I was at an end of life planning seminar where that question was presented to the group. After Russia, Canada, and the USA were disqualified, I knew it was a trick question. This was the answer: Procrasti-Nation. When it comes to end of life planning, procrastination may … Continue reading End of Life Planning

Listening with Compassion

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intention-ed words.” Rachel Naomi Remen Often, when confronted with the … Continue reading Listening with Compassion

So Do I Say?

 After someone we know has experienced a tragedy, it can be hard to know how to respond. What do we say? What don’t we say? When another’s pain is so great, what difference can our words even make? After the death of a young father, a friend of his asked me for advice. “I’m not … Continue reading So Do I Say?

Roger’s Journey

In the spring of 2015, 63-year-old Roger was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer. After enduring some painful and not particularly effective treatments, he chose to let the disease take its course. He wryly commented that although the doctors said, “It is your choice,” some were offended when his choice didn’t include their treatments. It took … Continue reading Roger’s Journey

The Wild Side of Grief

The universe and the light of the stars come through me. I am the crescent moon put up over the gate to the festival. –Rumi If I owned a store I would fill it with paper. I would arrange lovely shelving units and stock them with paper of various sizes, textures, and colours. The reds … Continue reading The Wild Side of Grief

Pacific Salmon Foundation (@PSF) Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser in Campbell River

Campbell River is the Salmon Capital of the World. And if anything truly lends evidence to this statement, it’s the support of the community for the Pacific Salmon Foundation‘s (PSF) annual benchmark fundraiser, which was held recently this year at the Eagles Hall in Campbellton. The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a grassroots organization whose primary … Continue reading Pacific Salmon Foundation (@PSF) Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser in Campbell River

Diagnosing Spiritual Pain

‘The only cure for your suffering is to lean into the source of its pain.” –Celtic Book of the Dead For more information on how to deal with Death and Dying visit Boyds Funeral Services. When we make an appointment with our doctor, we generally have a specific issue to address. The first task of … Continue reading Diagnosing Spiritual Pain

Tutoring in Campbell River

With back to school happening now, it is a great time to think about the connection between a child’s self esteem and their success at school. Over the years I have noticed that how children see themselves as learners has a strong effect on their achievement at school. Having a strong foundation of basic skills … Continue reading Tutoring in Campbell River

Blooming Dogwoods

I have noticed for the past few years that the dogwood’s have an unusual proliferation of blossoms consistently each spring, this signifies that the weather is presenting perfect conditions for the flowering process. I have always noted that for me the characterization of spring begins with the heather in my neighbours yard beginning the bloom, … Continue reading Blooming Dogwoods

Downsizing for Seniors

If you or someone you love is in a situation where it is becoming evident that they will have to downsize and the idea of how much work it is going to be seems to be daunting. Well then you are not alone, with our ageing population, we as busy family members are finding that … Continue reading Downsizing for Seniors

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Ok, so the spider is not so itsy bitsy, but this is one of the cutest video’s of Campbell River I have seen in a while. Born of the Transformations on the shore. It screams to be shared with the world. Very Harry Potter esq. Click on the spider to watch the assembly. Posted on … Continue reading Itsy Bitsy Spider

Lost Wallet – Huge Crisis

A friend of mine sent me this and I thought I would post it because it contains some pretty important and sensible recommendations. Points that we don’t think much about until after something goes desperately wrong. The suggestions are easy to accomplish and do not take a lot of time, but these actions could save … Continue reading Lost Wallet – Huge Crisis

The Story of a Lifetime

Now that the end of the world has come and gone and the Christmas season has past, we are all attempting to get back to normal. Well as normal as can be expected For some the festive season is not only marked by the decking of halls and echoes of Christmas carolers but by the … Continue reading The Story of a Lifetime

Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Strathcona Park has been recognized as being the jewel in the crown that is British Columbia, being the very first Provincial Park created, which was incorporated more than 100 years ago. The Strathcona Wilderness Institute was developed to promote and protect the sensitive and enjoyable use of the 500,000 hectres that encompass the Park. … Continue reading Strathcona Wilderness Institute

The True Weight of Stress

The facilitator walked around the front of the room while explaining the details of stress management to her assembly, she carried in her hand a raised glass of water. Everyone in the audience expected her to ask the classic question, ‘Is the glass half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy … Continue reading The True Weight of Stress

The Unfolding Truth

This story is a bit off the beaten path from my regular postings. I chose to write it in light of all the controversy surrounding the current decisions enacted by our city councilors, as there is a widening gap of disparity in all controversial considerations between what is truth and what is perceived as truth. … Continue reading The Unfolding Truth

When Hell Freezes Over

It’s been a long time since I have put pen to paper to write a story. I own three computers, none of them are with me right now for various reasons, so a pen and some rather messy scribbles it is. It’s like riding a bike though right? So the story goes.. I planned this … Continue reading When Hell Freezes Over