Sunday, January 29, 2017


The Governor of Washington just declared Donald Trump an enemy of the United States.

This is powerful - please listen to Governor Inslee's common sense message.

Read this book for anyone who want to know what happened 75 years ago to the Japanese in the United and Canada.

Take my advice and I'll try to use it too

Morning self-care and focus

Start every day with a solid morning self-care routine.
Wake up before sunrise. Drink water, take vitamins, brush your teeth. Eat a small healthy snack or drink.
Do some yoga, or go for a run, or both. At least a 15 minute walk outside near your home, up a hill, by the water, through some trees.
Shower and brainstorm actions for the day. Eat a proper breakfast.
Execute on things that matter, and continuously let go of (ignore), cut, get rid of distractions, noise, unnecessary things.

Be ever healthier and kinder

Feed your body and mind nourishing food and information, not sugary things that spike blood sugars (and emotions), nor inflammatory media (nor status update social streams, instead, read thoughtful blogs). Eat modest meals regularly and in a timely fashion. Eat dinner early, get to bed early.
Show even more kindness to everyone who is obviously hurting.

Listen to, use, and deliberately process emotions

There’s no time to to let stress or anger distract from all we must do.
When emotions help motivate, tap into them, when they distract, take a break to breathe, relax, take a walk, get fresh air, let go, and refocus.
Then get back to work.

Spend time on good people and things every day

Keep spending time with people you care for, and doing & making plans for all things you appreciate & enjoy so you keep in mind & heart everything you’re fighting for.

That’s a good start. In addition to all that, try to write something constructive every day, if not publicly, at least for yourself, or to friends & family.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We have a lot of catch up to do.

“… nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.”  – Mark Twain.

What I've been doing this summer is being very busy outdoors cycling on the Trans-Canada Trail near my house.  I have a job as the trail coordinator to help with a 155 km section of the TCT between McCulloch and Eholt, and even though it's a part time job, it's a full one.

My goal is to bring bicycles back to it as it's been taken over by gas-powered engines who don't seem to understand the right use of a rail trail is for human powered quads.  

Our friends from England who we met in Nepal reminded me that I was at the hospital in the spring and hoped I wasn't still there.  I've been adventuring with my partner Mark and we are quite happy. We've just had a super busy and fun summer.  The autumn colors are here now and snow will be flying soon.  I gotta stay out of my head and be in joy as the world is just going to do what it wants to do despite my lack of approval.  I'm praying for peace in Syria right now, the end of the grizzly bear trophy hunt, a plan for the TCT that will incorporate regular bicycles back onto the grade instead of super athletes, a free flowing Peace River and a democratic president. 

Acceptance doesn't mean approval.

I was supposed to be at a meeting when this rainbow happened to shine.  Thank greatness the meeting was cancelled and I knew where to go to see the light show.

My friend Jean wanted it so she got it.  It's been a long time since she rode through this 900 meter tunnel.

Wonderful trestles on the Trans-Canada Trail Rail Trail near Castlegar
The light at the end of the tunnel.  On my commute home on my bicycle.  Active transportation corridor for the future.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

White Christmas present

Phoenix Mountain was closed, so we got the opportunity to earn our turns
and check out the snow up on Mt. Baldy, a beautiful mtn to the west of us.
This tree reminded me of an Inukshuk
Mark was super strong as usual breaking the trail.  I was conserving energy.
At the top the rime ice was pretty spectacular.
You can see these structures from miles away looking at Mt. Baldy.
This is proof I was there...
and finally, what we came for after hitting the top.  Pow pow all the way down.