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Why spell check is not the answer to all your problems…

I can only imagine it was some strange combination of a typo, spell check making some wonky suggestions, and a proofreader who didn’t read the story that led a Globe and Mail story about a totem pole to bear the headline “Deciphering a postal code.” That’s the danger of spell check. Sure, those are all real words, but they are absolutely not the right ones here!

Here’s the headline in context:

 Headline: Deciphernig a postal code

And here’s the story online, with a much more logical headline, borrowed from the print story’s subhead. Unfortunately, the online headline – Southern Haida Gwaii will see the first carved pole raised in more than a century – is also incorrect. The writer says this on Twitter:

 

 

 

New article for HealthCastle.com: How to Make Great Edible Gifts From Your Garden’s Bounty

(HealthCastle.com) As summer reaches its peak, home gardens go into overdrive. If your garden produces more than you can use, there are many ways of preserving your harvest for later in the year. But your garden’s bounty can also be transformed into lovely edible gifts to share with friends and family. Homemade gifts may take a little more time and effort than just picking something up at the store – but they are an excellent way of showing your loved ones that you really care, and can save you quite a lot of money, too…

Read the rest on HealthCastle.com.

New article for HealthCastle.com: Top Local, Natural Foodie Tours in New York City

(HealthCastle.com) New York City. It’s a foodie paradise, and both top-notch restaurants and foodie tours abound. In the heart of a massive city, surrounded by concrete and steel, is it possible to connect with the land and find opportunities to explore local, natural foods? We found the answer is yes!

Odds are, you’ll eat more than a few memorable meals on any visit to NYC…

Read the rest at HealthCastle.com.

New article for Examiner.com: Catch 122 – A hip nouveau-French bistro/bar in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown

Who’d have guessed that Catch 122 Cafe and Bistro has been open in one of Vancouver‘s trendiest neighborhoods for over a year? They’ve been building a steady clientele of lunch regulars who work in the neighborhood, but have remained decidedly under the radar in a town that’s always keen to hear about the next big thing.

Last night they smashed that under-the-radar persona with a “1.22 anniversary party” (they’ve been open about 1.22 years) that brought the house down with rave reviews for everything from the heritage-style room to the house-cured meats to the custom cocktails. For the meat-lovers in the mix, it was clear that Catch 122 has taken simple-sounding sandwiches and other meat-first dishes to the next level by curing and smoking their own meat…

Read the rest on Examiner.com.

New article for the Edmonton Journal: It was eggs galore on Cuban trip

Living or travelling as a vegetarian is easy on the west coast of North America — which is where I’m used to doing it. But venture out of this well-defined comfort zone, and it gets a trifle less easy to manage.

The most challenging situation as a vegetarian is trying to explain — without the benefit of fluency in the local language — the very concept of vegetarianism in a society where it doesn’t make cultural sense…

Read the rest in The Edmonton Journal.

New article for iloho.com: Hotel Yoga: Yea or Nay?

Hotel yoga is, to put it kindly, a mixed bag. The idea is so tempting – stretching out the last of your stress and getting into full vacation mode, all without leaving your hotel.

Sometimes, that blissful vibe is exactly what you get. But sometimes, hotel yoga can be far from the idyllic picture you have in mind. It’s tricky for hotels to cater to guests’ wide range of yoga abilities and knowledge. I’ve found the tendency can be to veer into advanced territory so that guests feel they really “got” something out of that class – even if what they get is pretty far from zen…

Read the rest on iloho.com.

New article for HealthCastle.com: Red, White, and Blue Foods for Independence Day

(HealthCastle.com) Independence Day is a great time for parties picnics, potlucks, and barbecues. Unfortunately, these celebrations tend to be heavy on fat, salt, and sugar as we tear open bags of chips, bottles of soda (or beer), tubs of potato salad, and cartons of ice cream. This year, why not mix in some healthier options that show off your patriotic spirit by mirroring the red, white, and blue of the flag?…

Read the rest at HealthCastle.com.

Paris: Find Your Connection (A smashing story of love, a bridge, and a boat)

Expedia has a series of short videos about how travel bloggers have “found their” meaningful travel moments. One of my favourites features Trish Friesen (aka TripStyler) talking about how an early travel experience to Mexico shaped her view of travel — and of life. This got me thinking about the key moments in my own travel experience. Over the last five years, travel has become a fundamental part of who I am — as a writer, yes, but also as a person.

My “find yours” destination would have to be Paris. It’s the place my husband I return to again and again. It’s where we got engaged. It’s where we went on our honeymoon. I’ve written about Paris for iloho and for The Globe and Mail.

More specifically, my “find yours” place, the place that means more to me than any other travel destination, is the Pont des Arts. This was where my not-yet husband surprised me with a tiny lock he’d purchased at a local market, so we could join the tradition of lovers marking the permanence of their love by securing a lock to the bridge and throwing the keys into the river — something we’d seen on many trips, including our first, to Prague, years before. It’s where we returned a year later to mark our engagement with another lock, this time engraved with words that captured how we felt about the new journey we were embarking on together. And a year after that, it’s where we returned again to look for our lock, only to find the entire panel we’d secured it to had been removed. We thought perhaps our connection to the bridge was gone, though we consoled ourselves knowing our keys were still at the bottom of the Seine. And later that trip, we found the bridge still had a hold on us when the Batobus we were riding crashed right into it — quite a feat given the flat-calm waters and utterly straight path the Batobus takes along the river. Youch — that left quite a bruise.

If I were to have a “find yours” video, it would surely be the story of that bridge, and how it has featured in my life. What did I find, exactly? I found connection. First, of course, with my husband — and then, quite literally, with the bridge itself. It’s a special place. A place to which we will certainly return.

And really, isn’t finding connections what travel is all about? With a place, with the people who live there, with the people who travel with you — connections make travel (and life) richer and more meaningful.

Ah, it’s surely time to return to Paris soon. I wonder what the Pont des Arts has in store for us next…

 

New project: Ageless Living Magazine

agelessI’m excited to announce that starting with the September issue, I’ll be taking on the role of Editor at Ageless Living Magazine while current Editor Liberty Craig steps away to welcome her new baby. It’s a great magazine produced right here in BC, and I’m thrilled to join the team to bring the latest information about living an ageless life to readers both in print and online. You can find the current issue and the archive of back issues at AgelessLivingMagazine.ca.