Journal

Oct
8

Pico Iyer and the Art of Stillness

A few weeks ago we saw a fantastic event at the Banff Center. It was the opening night of the Art of Stillness Weekend. The weekend blossomed from travel writer Pico Iyer’s annual soujourns to the Banff Center. I assume he comes for his own time to write. To experience the silence and solitude of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Which I’m not sure how one can do while … more

Sep
16

For the love of riding a bike

    I’m on the road a lot. Sometimes it seems the more I travel the better I am at managing my time. So often I return home to the space and place we have nestled in the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains and all I want to do is sit inside. The thought of going out the door exhausts me.   Yet getting out is exactly what I … more

Sep
6

#movementismedicine

There’s something about getting out into nature that shifts my inner patterns in a way I can’t quite explain.  The times I feel lost, confused, afraid, sad, desperate….or on the flip side when I feel grounded, at peace, happy, content, loved…every time I step into nature these emotions shift to a more positive outlook.   The younger me would have now proceeded to write how ‘if only I … more

Sep
5

Just Be

i was reminded recently by Peter of another wonderful person in our lives.  A man who led a remarkable life of thoughtfulness, mindfulness and bad-assed-ness.  We didn’t know him personally but oh has he touched our lives deeply. I’m talking about none other than Mr. Bruce Lee.   We know the legend. We have his books. We read and learn and sometimes forget he’s there in the bookshelf … more

Sep
5

Olympic Musings post #Rio2016

After working for CBC as Special Analyst for the Rio 2016 Olympics I’m left with many emotions. Many memories.  So much inspiration and reflection. I went back into some writings to share what the whole Olympic thing has meant to me.  I’m sure many of the current and future Olympians can relate, as I did to them.   On six different occasions I experienced the utter joy and … more

Aug
24

Meet me on Tour!

I got to hold a finished copy of my book last week, and it’s not too long from now that you’ll get to see and hold it too! I can’t wait to hit the road and meet everyone. Here is a list of my upcoming tour dates below. You can RSVP here. For those who can’t make it out, you can order a signed copy of Open Heart, Open Mind from Chapters Indigo’s … more

Aug
15

Bike Touring Galore: some new galleries!

I’m riding down memory lane and posting some photos from bike tours past. These two are from the deserts of Baja California, Mexico and Arizona. I’ve ridden down in Baja on three different trips, lasting from two weeks to six weeks, all with Peter who is Señor Baja (he’s bike toured down there I think 9x and ridden almost every dirt road, as well as walked the entire … more

Jul
22

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, PART SIX

I’ve done a lot of difficult things in my life. Finishing some comes easier than others. One of my coaches made me promise a long time back to always finish what I started. No matter the situation, cross the finish line. Finishing the Appalachian Trail hike is another of these great challenges. I’m happy to report that just over a week ago, the trail was done.     … more

May
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, PART FIVE

It’s difficult to keep on top of most things when hiking a long distance trail. Taxes, emails, bills, work…all these things and more get put on the shelf while obsessively focused on walking, sleeping, camping, water and food. Trying to find the time and energy to write has been a massive failure on my part. So here I am, hundreds of miles later, attempting to share more of … more

Apr
13

Exciting news: I wrote a book!

Dear friends, I am delighted to announce that my memoir Open Heart, Open Mind will be published this fall by Simon & Schuster Canada (in English) and by Éditions Libre Expressions (in French). This project has been a long time in the making and I am very excited to share my story with Canadians, from growing up in Winnipeg, to finding solace in sport and biking, finding my … more


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