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Part 2. Food for Canadian Soul and Fans – Shaped by Climate, Soil, Water and Culture
Culture / Food / Garden

Part 2. Food for Canadian Soul and Fans – Shaped by Climate, Soil, Water and Culture

I’ve been spinning my journey as a Canadian who has lived in several contrasting regions –Ontario, Pacific British Columbia coast and Alberta.  Last time, I blog-galloped across our vast geography and rattled on about living in a place with many time zones and weather tantrums. So let’s talk about food now –what Nature nutures in … Continue reading

Halloween Night of Super Heroines and Feminist Beginnings
Art / Culture

Halloween Night of Super Heroines and Feminist Beginnings

My Halloween night was about comic super heroines and feminism. Oddly it made me reflect on what stoked my awareness of feminism –real people and popular culture. Celebration of Friendly Feminist Past Ghosts: Heroines and TV Characters Out of curiosity, I went to fundraising event, Take Back Halloween, hosted by a theatre group. Urban Curvz for a … Continue reading

A Shimmer of Watery Flower Dreams
Art

A Shimmer of Watery Flower Dreams

Cycle Write blog serves as my memoir tablet of things I’ve seen, things I’ve done and things I dream now and later. This mixed media painting, A Shimmer of Watery Flower Dreams, is both art and a memory fragment.  It’s art done and gone because I have given away this piece as a gift, to a family member. Yes, this painting … Continue reading

Look into Canada’s Soul:  Part I. Freaking Out Over Vast Time, Distance and Climatic Toughness
Culture / Travel

Look into Canada’s Soul: Part I. Freaking Out Over Vast Time, Distance and Climatic Toughness

The more I travel across Canada and after living, in 3 different regions (Ontario, Pacific Coast in British Columbia and Alberta in Prairie heartland), the more I think I’m creeping closer into the heart of Canada’s soul. It’s been an amazing journey. It’s a huge effort to figure out Canada at ground level: it’s myriad … Continue reading

Sea Asparagus –  a Touch of Green Ocean Saltiness
Culture / Food

Sea Asparagus – a Touch of Green Ocean Saltiness

It wasn’t until I lived in Vancouver, BC, I knew  of sea asparagus, another vegetable  that grows like a thick wild green lawn, along the ocean intertidal shores.  It is harvested by hand.  Sea asparagus, sea beans, samphire or its biological name, salicorum virginica, bears no resemblance, to asparagus spears that grow in farmers’ fields. Sea asparagus … Continue reading

Dreams of Cycling Customers: Bicycle Pasta, Bike-Inspired Menus and Window Dressing
Cycling / Food / Travel

Dreams of Cycling Customers: Bicycle Pasta, Bike-Inspired Menus and Window Dressing

On winter deep freeze days, when -29 C degree temperatures plunges down to -40 C* with winter chill, it’s easier to hunker down indoors and think about cycling. To justify procrastination, but still feed our cycling enthusiasm, I discovered tri-coloured bicycle pasta in a local Italian grocery store and café. We found this wonderful store in an … Continue reading

Whimsical Dreams of Christmas Gingerbread Magic
Christmas / Food / Travel / Winter Vacation

Whimsical Dreams of Christmas Gingerbread Magic

Whenever snow falls near Christmas, any serious thoughts vapourize into child-like dreams of fun, sugar plums, sleigh bells and lovely baked pastries with hot chocolate. I like soft Christmas cookies with different spices, less sugar but more delicate in taste . Gingerbread cookies are cute, but do not stoke my sweet tooth. To me, gingerbread houses and … Continue reading