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Cycling Fires My Five Senses, Inspiration
Art / Blogging / Cycling / Health / Travel

Cycling Fires My Five Senses, Inspiration

While I was blissed out during a wonderful Christmas  baroque music concert, it suddenly dawned on me why I bicycle day after day. Year after year.  The frenzied violinists with half closed eyes in their  Zen trance while teasing music from their strings,  was akin to cycling as a great sensory experience. Cycling –An Easier Sensory Journey Cycling is … Continue reading

More than Just Dragons- Art on Chinese-Canadian Experience
Art / Culture / History

More than Just Dragons- Art on Chinese-Canadian Experience

Don’t get me wrong: I love dragons. A dragon pops up often enough:  whenever there is a celebration or poster flogging a Canadian Chinatown event or something involving Chinese-Canadian history or culture. I love the dragon for its aesthetic drawing power –in parades, dance, paintings, textiles, rugs, sculpture and jewellery. Dragons in Canada- Convenient Icon? However, I … Continue reading

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