Category Archives: Musings

Winter camping in Nopiming.

Once upon a time, I thought that camping season started on May long weekend. Over the years however, I’ve come to realize that it never really ends. Year by year, each shoulder season excursion I’ve embarked on has pushed a little further against the edges of the calendar – until I ultimately found that late autumn isn’t actually that distant from early spring, and that there really is no off-season in between.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people think I’m …

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Musical moments – at the 2016 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The power of a musical album that succeeds at evoking something deep within is a beautiful thing, yet a raw live performance has a living power to it that can’t be recorded. A show is not a one way thing, but rather a lively conversation between an artist and a crowd that has potential to go in beautifully unpredictable directions. Even on stage, fellow musicians listen, speak, and encourage each other with subtle glances, smiles, and intimacy that can only come through…

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  • Jillian LeibertJuly 4, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    Hope to see you around there my friend! Happy Fest!ReplyCancel

  • DanielJuly 5, 2017 - 9:07 am

    If I swing in for a day I’ll definitely keep an eye for you my friend. Happy fasting 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KareniaJuly 5, 2017 - 4:08 pm

    Hope to see you on Friday at some point!ReplyCancel

Canada’s wild places and us.

Every time I find myself returning home to Canada, I am awed by the vast open spaces we have here. Every. Single. Time. The contrast with the high human density common in most other places around the world is stark, and this uniquely shapes both the land and all of us creatures who call Canada home.

Even today, in our modern world, the word Canada conjures up strong images in our minds of expansive landscapes. In this there is a shared national identity amongst diverse multiculturalism;…

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  • DanielJune 30, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    Well said David. I admit I was originally really excited about the free park passes this year, but after the initial excitement wore off I feel the same as you.ReplyCancel

The heart of internal work.

We need to see the beauty in things again.
When we wake, we need to hear the birds outside our window and see the sun shine light on the darkness that came in the night.
When we look in the mirror, we need to see ourselves clearly through the fog of self-judgement.
When we go about our day, we need to remember to watch for positivity in the shadows of our bright differences.
When we come home, we need to appreciate who and what we have.
And when we go to bed, we need to remind ourselves…

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  • Allison StorsethFebruary 7, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    I wholeheartedly enjoyed this piece. It’s easy to get into a rut of sadness and anger… a cycle I feel I have been falling into repeatedly lately. Thanks for the fantastic reminder to be grateful for all we have everydayReplyCancel

    • DavidFebruary 8, 2017 - 10:59 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Ally. I hear you and you’re not alone. Keep your head up my friend!ReplyCancel

Announcement: the Contemplative Creative podcast!

I am excited to announce a project I have been working at developing behind-the-scenes since January: Contemplative Creative.

For a while now the idea of turning a philosophical lens on the field of creativity has been percolating in my mind.  Given how I tend to navigate through life, it has been a natural part of my daily musings and activities, whether through my struggles and successes in the multimedia industry, or chats with friends and colleagues…

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  • CatherineJune 20, 2016 - 9:27 am

    I am going to check it out for sure. Your philosophy certainly resonates with me, and I’m thinking Id like to be a part of your project if you’re looking for people. Let me know!ReplyCancel

  • SusanJune 20, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Aloha David. I have subscribed and stopped in beginning of episode#3, fascinated with your story. You’ve definitely thrown a door open for me. I find you to be an articulate, interesting, and thoughtful ‘caster. Thank you for insight and keep on!ReplyCancel

  • MartinJune 23, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Hey David – I listened to your latest podcast. I am in. Your message is timely for me.ReplyCancel

2015: A year of valleys and peaks.

2015: it has been a year of deep valleys and high peaks for me, both literally and figuratively.

It began in the hospital, at the bedside of someone I deeply care for.  Here, winter and spring blurred by slowly in a haze of emotion, my life taking on a holding pattern as I entered a full-time support role for those around me.  The next thing I knew, it was summer.  At this point, the health challenges still had not gone away, but they had changed and those of us intimately…

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  • DanielJanuary 19, 2016 - 11:08 am

    Beautiful story. It’s really nice to hear about some of the lowlights too…makes me feel less alone in some of my own struggles. Looking forward to what the next year brings!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaJanuary 30, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    What dynamic images! I followed you on your bike tour on Instagram, and can’t wait to see the rest of the images on here…this is a nice tease but I know you’ve got more. For now, I’ll just subscribe to your newsletter and keep an eye out. 🙂

    Happy 2016!ReplyCancel