The best thing about Greta Thunberg is that she has shown us that one person – and a 16-year-old at that – can have an impact. Teenagers around the world now see that they are not powerless. If a young girl like Greta can be heard, so can they. Continue reading
In my electoral riding a candidate who had been fired just prior to the election still received 8,500+ votes, putting her in 3rd place, ahead of the Green candidate. Continue reading
I’m often asked if I have a favourite author and the answer always changes depending on what books I’ve recently read. If asked today I’d say it was John Boyne. The three titles of his that I’ve read (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, My Brother’s Name is Jessica) are each completely different, yet so brilliant in their own way. He has a talent for creating humour out of desperately difficult circumstances but without making light of that situation. Continue reading
Do teachers really ask their students to write papers on this subject? To me a much more interesting piece would be “What I read on my summer vacation.” Continue reading
Paul Nicklen, co-founder of Sea Legacy and wildlife photographer extraordinaire is my hero. Continue reading
Were you a voracious reader as a child? Continue reading
I’ve maintained a plant-based diet for close to 30 years but occasionally I long for some of that comfort food I remember from my youth. Bangers and mash is one such meal. Continue reading
“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” (Jeff Bezos) Continue reading
A Canadian Cyclist’s View Atop An American Barstool
I am so proud of my friend, Brian Mulligan, who followed through on his dream to publish a book chronicling his solo cycling adventures. It’s a beautiful book and a great read.
Brian is no ordinary guy. Although he is well-loved by a large circle of friends, he’s also a bit of a loner, and likes to cycle long distances alone which gives him extended stretches of time to ponder life. At the end of the day he’ll find a bar in whatever small town he’s reached, grab a bite and a beer, and talk with the locals. They share their stories with him because he’s a good listener.
In his book, Drinkin’ Thinking‘ we meet a few of these characters while also reading about some of Brian’s many cycling adventures. In short, it’s a book you can gobble up in one sitting or stretch out by reading one chapter (read: adventure) at at time.
Following is the Foreward that Brian asked me to write for the book. I was honoured to do so.
Shortly after I met Brian I approached him at a noisy social gathering. Debbie, his wife, had told me about his biking trips, how he was cycling from Canada to Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific by riding for two weeks every year. The whole idea of it fascinated me and I wanted to know more.
“What do you think about when you’re pedalling along those endless highways?” I asked as a way of jumping in. Continue reading