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Welcome! If you’ve thought about retiring and wonder whether travel might be an option for you, read on! I’m curious about our longing for the exotic and our impulse to return to the familiar. I want to learn whether age can bring an augmentation in our perceptions or in our capacity for joy. I like to explore […]

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Suggestions for Exploring Victoria in a Day

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

These are my suggestions for exploring Victoria in a day. I’m assuming you’ve already visited Butchart Gardens, which is a must-see, and I understand you’d probably prefer a week. But if it’s only one day you’ve got, begin it early with a drive of the perimeter of James Bay. It’s fun to stop at a […]

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Enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

There’s a particular kind of enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. Maybe it’s the vastness of such a cultured space, a certain grandeur. Perhaps an audacity of vision that it takes to create something so lovely that it matters deeply to thousands of visitors over many decades. The feeling that nothing in nature could really be […]

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Visit Utah’s Unique Pando Forest in September

Pando Forest

For patrons of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City who want to explore the state a little between performances, be sure to visit Utah’s unique Pando Forest in September while the aspens are displaying fall colors. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful aspen groves throughout the Inter-mountain West for years, not realizing what singular organisms they are. […]

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Far More than Heroes and Trojans in AN ILLIAD – A Review

Trojan horse

Homer’s Illiad tells the story of the long ago heroes of the Trojan War, but the focus is on far more than heroes and Trojans in An Illiad. A one-man show featuring Brian Vaughn as The Poet, An Illiad runs from July 12 to October 13th at the 2018 Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, […]

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Map of 1634 Paris Plunges the Audience into THE LIAR — A Review

French nobility

A huge antique map of 1634 Paris plunges the audience into The Liar. As we entered the theatre for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s fall season, the map on the back wall of the stage was bright green and red, with the green flowing down through benches, floor, and topiary figure. It’s actually a fairly famous old […]

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Stolid Forbearance as a National Quality


I hadn’t recognized stolid forbearance as a national quality until I waited in a silent line of passengers that snaked back and forth over a concrete floor for over three hours at US Customs in Washington-Dulles International Airport. Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018. We arrived at IAD on a two-level Airbus A380-800, which can accommodate […]

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Ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island

Pat Webber tea service

If you take the Crofton ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island for the day, the only thing more fun would be if you never had to go home. We just missed the 8:45, so we parked our car in the line-up and took a stroll along the boardwalk adjacent to the wharf. We passed […]

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Capture the Wild Notes in Photos and Perfumes

Amphitrite Lighthouse 1915

Capture the wild notes in photos and perfumes from Cowichan Bay to Tofino and Ucluelet, so you can always remember Vancouver Island. That’s my advice. The drive south from Chemainus through Crofton to Cowichan Bay is lovely, with glimpses of the Salish Sea through the trees. When you arrive, be sure to look up the […]

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Mystique of Seafood, Marinas, and Totem Poles


If you, too, are a landlubber from the interior of the continent you may understand the mystique of seafood, marinas, and totem poles on Vancouver Island. Boats sat in the marina at Genoa Bay in North Cowichan awaiting the weekend, I suppose. Hard to resist the idea of hopping into one and speeding off. The […]

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Artists Created the Phoenix of Chemainus’ Rebirth

Douglas Fir pole

After the lumber mills closed in 1983 and the spectre of Chemainus becoming a ghost town loomed, outdoor mural artists created the phoenix of Chemainus’ rebirth. Some towns view the arts as an after-thought, something you do when you have too much time or money on your hands. Chemainus sees them as the life-blood of […]

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