Category Archives: Travel

Gear up on the hills, unwind at the spa

Collingwood offers adrenalin-inducing pursuits and a rustic outdoor spa Download article PDF Published in Hamilton Spectator in June 2014 My friend Melanie and I have always shared a sense of mischief. Once, in our 20s, we climbed the United Empire Loyalists statute in front of the courthouse in downtown Hamilton after a night on the…
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Washington, D.C. offers kids a delicious slice of history

Washington is a great city for kids of all ages, but especially for preteens and teens who are able grasp the importance of significant events that have had a lasting impact on the world. Download article PDF Published in Parents Canada in June 2014 Like most teens, my kids love shopping. So when I start…
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The Communitarians

What happens when 100 people move out of the mainstream and attempt to create their own private utopia? Download article PDF Published in United Church Observer in June 2014 There are two things my teenage daughters want to know when I tell them we are going to spend part of March break living on a…
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‘Big heart’ town of Creemore truly lives up to its Irish name

Visit for the friendly folks, fun attractions and bucolic surroundings Download article PDF Published in Hamilton Spectator in May 2014 Creemore may be best known for its specialty beer, but there are plenty of other attractions in addition to its celebrated amber brew to draw you to this small town in Simcoe County, 90 minutes…
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Happy Travels

There is no reason to let diabetes hold you back from seeing the world Download article PDF Published in Diabetes Dialogue in April 2014 When it comes to travelling with diabetes—whether you are taking a road trip across Canada, flying to a sunny southern destination or going on an African safari, the best advice you…
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Family-friendly Fernie

You'd be forgiven if you've always thought of Fernie as just a place to ski. Download article PDF Published in Parents Canada in January 2014 You'd be forgiven if you've always thought of Fernie as just a place to ski. While Fernie Alpine Resort has a world class reputation for legendary powder (the average annual…
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The Mediums are the Message

A skeptical Anne Bokma visits the spiritualist haven of Lily Dale, N.Y., where communing with the dead is the town's claim to fame. Download article PDF Published in The United Church Observer in June 2013 My friend Aukje and I are racing to be on time for the 1 p.m. "message service" at Inspiration Stump,…
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Life lessons on a ski hill

How a 50 year old went up a mountain and came down with style Download article PDF Published in The Hamilton Spectator in February 2013 Is 50 too old to learn to ski? Perched at the top of a blue run in Panorama Mountain Village in B.C., there's no place to go but down. Way…
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Relax…This is Costa Rica

You just might decide to settle down here. Download article PDF Published in Good Times in February 2013 The image that stays in my mind months after my first trip to Costa Rica is that of the cows - specifically, the humpbacked Brahman cattle that look at you with lazy eyes and refuse to budge,…
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Dispensible Me

Turns out the household doesn't fall apart when I'm away. Download article PDF Published in Parents Canada in July 2012 The email message landed in my inbox like a gift from the gods...a weeklong yoga, meditation and writing retreat in the quiet mountain village of Tepoztlan, Mexico. "There's room for 10 women and one just…
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