A video came to my attention recently that was both unexpected and moving. Willie Nelson covers Coldplay's The Scientist over a beautifully animated account of a farmer's journey from small scale husbandry to factory farming and back again.Read More
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The outstanding food culture collective Foodists.ca has allowed me to post as a guest contributor for their most recent update.Read More
Autumn 2010 was a bit of a revelation.Read More
In the summer of 1997 I was hired to be the experimental fly fishing guide at a fly-in fishing lodge situated on Whale Channel on the North coast of BC. The area is now best known as the Great Bear Rainforest. The humpback whales that travel through this zone are on their way to the winter feeding grounds in Alaska. They are a beautiful, mysterious animal that harbour an immense amount of power and an inordinate amount of grace considering their 40 tonne carriage.Read More
I stayed in a $7 a night hotel with a cold water hose for a shower and a cute Californian with a newly minted dolphin tattoo just below her waist. I soon learned she had never seen a member of the ordained species in the wild and enjoyed mango far more than I was able to pretend. She was in Costa Rica to surf and I was there to fly fish. There is no surfing to speak of in Quepos, but it is on the migration route for Pacific sailfish. As such, she and I did not see each other very often.Read More
I recently dredged my way through a pile of old field notes and stories scribbled down while waiting for water to get into better shape, or the tides to turn, or some such thing. This is a reasonably over-wrought account of an encounter with a cougar my brother and I experienced near Gold River on Northern Vancouver Island. It is the only cougar I have ever seen.Read More