Robb and sons on the trail

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day – Do we really need this? Maybe… Looking for inspiration for this blog post, I turned to several observance day calendars. Top for November 19 is International Men’s Day. At first glance, somehow, that just didn’t seem worthy. But I was curious. A quick review of Wikipedia’s description reveals there are six…

Sue and Kula in the snow

Snow Flies Bite Less than Black Flies

Over the weekend, we had the first snowfall of the year. With family visiting, we had thought a hike in one of the Simcoe County forest tracts would be nice. However, none of us had anticipated the snow, so without proper footwear for visiting family members, I was worried that cold, wet feet would make for an unpleasant…

Robb and Sue Talking about injury prevention

Ankle Rolling Prevention

Legal or not, you don’t want to roll these joints  Marijuana just became legal in Canada. Needless to say, pot jokes are popping up faster than marijuana plants on steroids.  One that got my attention and was the impetus for this post was perfect for trail running and posted by a friend on Facebook:  “I don’t always…

Fall trail with leaves

Gratitude and Choice

It’s Municipal Election Day today in Ontario. As I was pondering what to write about, two words came to mind: Gratitude and Choice. And although there is a lot to be grateful for everyday, today, the gratitude lens is particularly focused on our good fortune in this community, province and country to be able to…

Women handing a customer his bag

“No Problem”

“No problem.”   Two simple words that say so little and so much at the same time. They seem to say so little because of the ubiquitousness of the expression. I hear it a lot now in stores, restaurants, service organizations…everywhere!   And I think that’s unfortunate because they do say so little in that context, but they also can say…

“Dog in the forest” – Harbinger of Joy?

Most people are familiar with the expression “canary in the coal mine”, where the canary was literally the harbinger of death for miners. Gloomy, I know.  I’m wondering, though, is there a metaphor that means the opposite? So an indicator of something full of life, joy and wonderment? Something that, like the poor canaries, has a certain…