Ziggy and Kula GoPro

A Natural Prescription

It was 1990. I was a grad student at the University of Western Ontario in the Physical Education program. For one of my courses, I had to do a research paper on Canadian sport or fitness policy, and I chose ParticipAction. I remember being intrigued by the history, the social condition (declining rates of physical…

Giving Tuesday

It’s Cyber Monday. Which follows Black Friday. In a month’s time, it will be Christmas. In other words, buy stuff. Although we’re in the business of selling things to people through both Up and Out and Kind Living, I have issues with over promotion and consumption. At the risk of appearing to yell from atop…

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…

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…