Sailing in Pelegrin in the Gulf Islands
B.C., Travel

Gabriola Pass without an engine

"You won't get any thanks for this, you realize?" My brother-in-law John is talking to Mickey, a Gabriola Island buddy with a 35-foot sailboat and the willingness to tow us home. "Not the damsels-in-distress routine, you mean?" "God, no, that's not going to work. Won't go over at all well." Gill and I are on… Continue reading Gabriola Pass without an engine

Sudan, Travel

Bint el Sudan, my grandfather. . .and me

On a trip that took me to Africa, I found my grandfather’s lasting legacy—the continent’s signature scent—in a market in Sudan. This story "The Bint Formula" was published in the December 2009 issue of Reader's Digest Canada magazine. For more information about Bint el Sudan, see the following: * Surprise in the Souk * Memories… Continue reading Bint el Sudan, my grandfather. . .and me

Writing

Bowen Island’s festival kicks off

"I'm one of those people who embellishes everything," Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter told the first-ever festival for the written arts on Bowen Island this weekend. "I can't leave anything alone," he said, before launching into a series of poems on opening night at Cates Hill Chapel. McWhirter's memories as a small boy, seeing oranges… Continue reading Bowen Island’s festival kicks off