Vivien Lougheed

Clover's Hike

Carellin is an urbanite, much happier in a pair of Miz Mooz New York City boots than any first-rate Murrell Hiking Runner even if Murrell offers modern glowing colours. But her nine-year-old daughter, Clover, isn’t aware of high fashion yet. She’s interested in everything including hiking, school and friends.

 

Paralysis: Beating the Odds by Addison D’marko - Reviewed by Paul Strickland

 

Paralysis, written by Addison D’marko. He is a member of the Prince George Public Library Writers’ Lab as is Paul Strickland. The 154 page paperback book was independently published and is available on Amazon for $12.99 plus shipping. You may also visit his blog and request a signed copy, the cost of which is $20. Go to: https://addisonblake.co/2018/04/19/re-book-launch

 

During the launch of his first book at the Prince George Public Library, April 18 2018, Addison D'marko, 20, described his three-year medical journey back to a nearly normal walking gait and good health. The journey started after a mistake during an operation to deal with repeated epileptic seizures triggered a stroke that left his whole left side paralyzed.

 

One Peso or Two

John and I were leaving the cemetery in Cienfuego, Cuba when the cemetery attendant told us that the 55-year-old trade embargo against the Cubans had just been buried by the Americans. The attendant rejoiced, as did many locals who dealt with tourists because tourists brought in the much-needed foreign currency. But many locals we came across that day were pensive, concerned that they’d lose some of the social privileges they had fought so hard for as a nation.

 

Spoken Word by Paul Strickland & Vivien Lougheed

 

The Spoken Word event at Cafe Voltaire on Thursday, April 19th was Emceed by Erin Bauman and was held mainly to showcase Christina Kinnie’s self published book, Walking through the Layrinth; A Memoir.

 

Kluane Air Flies in Nahanni Air

 We booked with Kluane Air to fly us into Glacier Lake, the landing spot for those going into the Cirque of the Unclimbables, an international climbing destination located in the Nahanni National Park. Our rendezvous with the airline was at Finlayson Lake located on the Robert Campbell Highway, north of Watson Lake, Yukon. We expected to be flown into Glacier Lake within a few hours of our arrival at Finlayson Lake.

Return to the Cirque

 

Fifteen years ago, a team of six people, me included, hiked from the abandoned mining town of Tungsten into the Cirque of the Unclimbables, which, at that time was not part of the Nahanni National Park. Today it is. The hike took us 14 days to reach Glacier Lake located below the Cirque.

 

 

Oxford Charles

I first saw Charles sitting on his backpack, snuggled between a bunch of Nepalese peasants in the back of an old, beat up, Indian-made truck. He looked out of place with his creamy white skin and in his sparkling white shirt, his leopard-skin silk scarf, his designer, button-down jeans and his brown felt fedora.

 

Yukon River of Verse

           The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

            But the queerest they ever did see

            Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge,

            I cremated Sam McGee.

 

Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center

Weathered wood cabins with solar panels and cedar-shake roofs frame the man-made Nam Tien Lake that shimmers like dancing diamonds in the tropical sun of Laos.

I follow the scent of frangipani blooming along the walkway and bordering the lush green jungle beyond, to the dining hall where a donation box invites me to drop an always-welcome coin into the coffers of Laos’ first Elephant Conservation Center. In the distance I hear the high-pitched trumpeting of an elephant and seconds later, from the opposite direction, a response.

Bill C-51 Canada's Anti-terrorism Act

On May 6th, 2015, the Canadian government passed the Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-51.) According to the Angus Reed Poll taken days before, 82% of the people interviewed supported the bill. Of that group only 18% had read and/or discussed it with others, while 20% knew nothing about it. Of the rest, 25% had seen a story or two and 36% had scanned headlines.

 

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