Category Archives: Musings

Newfoundland: Come from away.

Nestled just off the east coast of Canada’s mainland is an island all to itself; a land farther apart than one might first think. Jutting out into the North Atlantic, its endless rocky coast was the first land encountered by seafarers venturing from the far side of the ocean. Vikings and settlers, historic and modern alike, continue to come upon these rough shores with appreciative eyes; sanctuary after a long crossing. Newfoundland is a name given to these rocky…

Paying it forward.

White snow has blanketed my home; its gentle arrival triggering a quietude in me alongside the seasonal rhythms. Summer’s bustle is now in the past and the colourful holidays of winter are still on the horizon, so this peaceful moment betwixt is a place from which I can draw a deep inhale. But, as my filling inbox reminds me, Black Friday looms.

I have mixed feelings about consumerism around the holidays. On the one hand, for creators selling their wares this season…

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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  • MarilynOctober 5, 2018 - 10:19 pm

    Ahh! The comfort provided by the warmth of friends with the warmth and light of a fire, while contemplating  the balance  for which each of us is willing to make sacrifices.ReplyCancel

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