The Way I See It

One man’s garbage (in a park), is everyone’s garbage

March 20, 2017 - 5:00am

A while ago I brought up the high density of dog poo I see everyday during the walks with my pup through Peterson Creek. We had a few more dumps of snow since, and the winter’s magic act of covering the said mounds offered temporary visual tranquility. 

As of a few days ago, snow has melted, save for a few patches here and there, and a couple of trails still hiding under snow and ice on those parts where the sun doesn’t reach much. The melt came fast and there is but one word to sum up the aftermath: muck! Loads of it. 

A tribute to life and gratefulness, and to making the most of each day

March 13, 2017 - 5:00am

It was almost tangible, the first breath of spring. Almost. Yet Friday morning arrived dressed in a white coat draped over the thick one from the day before. Still winter then. Grumbling ensued. We’ve all had enough of shoveling, enough slipping, and wiping out. I miss warmth and sunny green days too, but over the years, through ups and downs, I’ve learned this one thing: make the most of the day you have. Snowy or not, it only comes once. 

If not us, then who, and if not now, then when?

March 6, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — There was a card game I loved playing when I was little. Each card depicted an animal and relevant information about it, including their status: a few were close to being extinct, others were listed as endangered and many were doing all right. As updated as a kids’ card game could be, the game provided an idea about some species being at risk of disappearing. It makes an impact on a child’s mind, I know that much. 

To use or not to use, and if yes, how?

February 27, 2017 - 5:00am

A while ago I was involved, together with a group of people, in putting together an exhibit focused on sustainability. It’s still on display in the open gallery at the Kamloops Art Gallery downtown. Among others, the exhibit features 11 interviews with local people, some better known than others, each with their own twist on sustainable living. 

Where to from here (or why changing our ways can spare some of the trouble ahead)

February 13, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Again, a week of many happenings. Like many of you who heard the story of the Kamloops couple who stopped to offer their help at an accident scene on the Coquihalla and were hit by a car that lost control, I kept hoping that Anna and Matt Grandia, parents of two, will both survive and recover. Sadly, Anna Grandia passed due to her severe injuries. The pain her family goes through and for the rest of their lives, is impossible to put into words. 

Of sharks and jars and the stories that lie in between

February 6, 2017 - 5:00am

What do sharks and glass jars have in common? If you’re ready to answer ‘Umm, nothing’ I will ask you to indulge me the next few paragraphs to show you the connection.

When my youngest was four, we watched a documentary called ‘Sharkwater,’ which ended up being a game changer. He has always had a love for marine life, sharks in particular. Perhaps living on the coast and spending many long hours on beaches had something to do with it. We have since amassed a large collection of shark literature.

Of dogs and poop — a necessary discussion

January 23, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — There is no better way to start the day than by stepping outside for a brisk walk. In my case, that involves the dog, too. Our destination on most mornings is Peterson Creek. For weeks now the park has been a winter wonderland, sheltered under beautiful patches of blue or, at times, ominous-looking grey clouds that brought more snow. To have it so close is something I am grateful for. 

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