A Perfect End

Of all the things I got to experience as part of my monastery stay, by far my favourite was “Compline.” Compline is the short, sweet, last service of the day. As the sun goes down the monks sing their final hymns and say their final prayers of the day. It is “the hour of peaceful […]

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A Piece of Eternity

Last Thursday I put my phone on airplane mode and set my life on monastery mode. I spent four nights – three full days – at a Benedictine monastery situated on a dairy farm in the hills above Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. I settled quite easily into monastery life, attending the many services each day […]

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Star Stuff

Today is Carl Sagan Day! I love Carl Sagan because, in a world where the majority of people seem to believe science has replaced magic, he put the magic back in to science. Here are a few of my favourite Carl Sagan quotes: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron […]

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The One Thing

You know that feeling when you get to the end of the day, and even though you’ve been busy all day, you feel like you’ve accomplished NOTHING? Nothing truly important, anyway. Recently I have been getting this message repeatedly, from multiple sources, about focusing on “The One Thing.” What is the one thing that is […]

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Sabbatical

Have you ever felt that you are surviving on fumes, and then you’re surviving on fumes of fumes, and then you’re surviving on the mere memory of fumes? That you’re burnt out, or so far beyond burnout, that there’s nothing left to burn? After finishing an incredible summer leading 26-day adventure road trips around the […]

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Coming Home

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -T.S. Eliot Oh hello there, I’ve been off exploring and it’s been some time since we last spoke. Since I last spoke, here, in this place, my […]

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Pause For Adventure

I’ve been on pause for a few months now. And by “pause” I mean a rather long break, and by “I” I mean this blog. After my last post on the last day of November, in which I successfully blogged every single day (cue applause track), I fell off the blogging bandwagon hard – or maybe […]

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Five To One

It takes five positives to make up for one negative, or so they say. It’s been a long month, and before I break out that long-awaited advent calendar, it only seems right to wrap up the month with some year-end-ish reflections. And yes, Dec. 31st is still a month off – don’t panic! – but fun fact […]

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COMIC: Urgency

Today around the world there were rallies calling for the world leaders meeting in Paris for the 21st time to discuss the climate, to actually do something about climate change. As one speaker said today at Ottawa’s pre-march rally, “It’s not a good thing that we’re at COP21.”  Canada sent the world’s “hottest leader,” which […]

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