Mary’s Bean Burritos!

Mary’s Bean Burritos!

I’ve been making these burritos for so long I can’t remember how it started. But it’s stuck for as long as it has ’cause they are so darn good, so dang easy, high fibre (wow!), ridiculously economical, perfectly freezable, deliciously vegetarian and pack a real WOW! factor when served with a little flair. I always

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The Art of Practicing What I Preach

The Art of Practicing What I Preach

One might assume that fitness professionals always and effortlessly skip to their own workouts, fueled with spinach salad and whistling a happy tune. Speaking from experience, I can assure you this is not always the case and that even though we “do” fitness for a living, it doesn’t mean it’s always easy for us to

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A Child’s Christmas

A Child’s Christmas

The week before Christmas holidays, our entire school at Ridgeway Elementary in North Vancouver would congregate in the school gym to sing Christmas carols, sitting cross legged on the gritty, cold floor, vaguely uncomfortable against my bare legs (skirts or dresses were mandatory).  With lyrics gripped in our hands our collective child’s voice was thunderous. 

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Dad’s Legacy

Dad’s Legacy

Every day I wash Dad’s wooden salad bowl and I remember him.  Sometimes I have a little chat and tell him about the wonderful things that are happening and ache that he is not here to experience it: how proud he would be of his grandson, my joy of singing in the choir, our flourishing

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A Different Kind of Graduation

A Different Kind of Graduation

What does one give their oncologist on their last appointment after perhaps the most important relationship spanning the most difficult time in one’s life?  Last October I graduated from the standard 5 year period (what is the magic of 5 years?) of regular check ups all the while wondering if that odd pain or ache

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Slowing down is the New Black

Slowing down is the New Black

It’s the small things done consistently that make the difference in life and the daily shopping experience on our fair isle is no exception.  The island community rhythm makes this otherwise perfunctory task so much more than a mere money exchange of goods and services.  It is the antithesis of what we experience in the

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Positively Fit Opportunities on Holiday

Positively Fit Opportunities on Holiday

Part of our annual boat retreat in Desolation Sound entails finding just the right anchorages along the way.  My captain has this fully in charge checking tides, winds, depths, stern line ties etc.  It’s always perfect.  And better still when said anchorage has a large, flat, oyster free perch that I can scratch out a

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Hair

Hair

Hair is a big deal.  Flip open any fashion magazine or stand amidst the acres of hair care products in any given drugstore and the reality of our obsession comes home in spades. When you are sick and lose your hair, the focus is painfully acute simply because you don’t have any. 5 years ago

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My Inspiration for Distance Swimming

My Inspiration for Distance Swimming

Many moons ago while navigating a difficult time in life, I decided triathlon training was the way to anchor my spirits, expend my angst and stay as healthy and focused as possible in the eye of a personal storm.  Looking back I realize it was a rather extreme choice, but the sport delivered the desired

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The Dual Joy of Song and Baking

The Dual Joy of Song and Baking

  Mom stood at the kitchen counter with her sleeves rolled up.  Soft, white flour spilled here and there while she worked a ball of dough in a large bowl.  I remember it was a gray, cold day but I was inside “baking” with my Mom, basking in the glow of her undivided attention.  My

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A Tropical Pilgrimage: the story behind the shoes

A Tropical Pilgrimage: the story behind the shoes

Those familiar with me and my fitness business may know the image of the Plumeria stuffed sneakers.  The picture hangs on my wall at the Studio and for years I have used the image for custom greeting cards to recognize all occasions.  But there is story behind the shoes as it reminds me of the

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Road Maps, Donuts & Dancing: The G Day Experience

Road Maps, Donuts & Dancing: The G Day Experience

I took a friend’s 12 year old daughter to G Day, a daylong rite of passage signaling, celebrating and supporting 10 – 12 year old girls on the cusp of womanhood.  I could have really used an event like this when I was a preteen in the mid 70’s.   My entry to womanhood was a

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