Moving into a New Year

and I’m dusting out the corners! I have a colleague who will assist me in knocking this Blog into shape so that the great awaiting public can find me and share their ideas, adventures and stories. That’s the plan for the New Year.

Happily, 2014 is winding up in exceptional form. Early this week (Tuesday, Nov. 25th) I attended the launch of a marvelous book on which I performed the initial edit a year or two ago.

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia is a beautifully presented, 400 page reference book on every aspect of Canada’s only Inland Sea. It’s made up of comprehensive essays by top Canadian scientists with a couple of world-class journalists thrown in. In depth information on the sciences of Geology, Oceanography, Climate, Fishes, Invertebrates, Birds and Marine Mammals as well as the evolution of First Nations peoples and social and commercial development along the 220 km. Strait.

It is a runaway best-seller already. With an easy to read style and wonderful photographs as well as supporting charts and maps, it is truly attractive to anyone who has an interest in the environment, boating, or the plight of the Pacific Northwest fishery. You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy this read.

I enjoyed working on it  with Dick Beamish, and am thrilled with the way Harbour Publishing handled the book design. I’m very pleased to be able to add it to my editing credentials!

PS Santa would love to have this book.

Check it out on or major bookstores near you.



Nothing brings out the armchair sports fan like the Olympics, and it is the one time that I actively reschedule my life to include as much of the TV coverage as I can. Of course I am cheering hard for Canada, and we have been nicely successful in most of the hoped for sports to date–and still less than half-way through the events.

My overall favourite spectacle is Skating, with Curling close second. Then, in a wonderful muddle, are all the other winter sports. I’m introduced to new and thrilling athleticism on snowboards, and dogged determination in cross-country skiing. Soon, in the midst of the muddle, I find myself cheering cross-culturally, inspired by the enormous heart shown by young and old. I delight that I can share the excitement from the convenience of my living room couch.

In Vancouver 2010, my daughter and I joined the throngs on Robson Street, bursting into celebratory Oh Canada! together with cheering thousands in front of the big screens, everyone riding the the palpable electricity of the events.

Today I watched the men’s Short Programme and cheered as happily for the young Japanese skater (trained by Canadian Brian Orser) as I did for our own Patrick Chan. So much talent, so many nerves. I have absolute admiration for the dedication of those coaches, families, friends, sponsors and others behind the scenes doing their part to make it all happen.


And thank you everyone from everywhere who contributes so selflessly.

Excuse me now, there is more to see!

2014: A year in the making

WEDNESDAY WRITERS,         Jan 2014

My evergreen writing group on SaltSpring Island meets irregularly but is always in touch, inspiring each other, sometimes critiquing and always appreciation. To start the year we offered up one of our ’91 word specials’. It looks like a fine beginning to a new year of writing for all of us. Thanks Carolyn, Mary & Gail.


Twenty-thirteen prodded me with physical and emotional changes–elevation from writer to author, obscure allergies, a return to art and retail sales, a budding relationship.

Fourteen years into the new century,2014 is neither new-age nor worn and weary. I pause on the threshold to get a sense of it: are these just numbers, or do they have portent?

I feel warmth of being, a flutter of incipient promise, subtle reverberation as a leaf unfurling.

There’s no presentiment of grand possibility, but there’s room for new experiences.

It is good.

Patricia’s 91 words

(Hershey of the Many Kisses wants to play)






I am now embarking on a new adventure as a published author with the forthcoming unveiling of my book: KEN KIRKBY–WARRIOR PAINTERImage

 It is the story of a remarkable man who is living proof that truth is stranger than fiction. KEN KIRKBY is an internationally acclaimed artist, a student of quantum mechanics, a prankster and a philosopher. More than that, he’s a modern day alchemist who turns his paintings into gold, and gold into fish, or more precisely, into healthy, fish-bearing streams.

 Ken has a history! An unorthodox childhood in Portugal which included one semester total in school, Ken orchestrated his family’s escape to Vancouver, Canada one quick step ahead of Salazar’s goons.

 The eighteen-year-old boy had dreams of wild mountain streams, ice and snow, the power and vastness of the Arctic and, in his words, “an unfinished land.” He manufactured these dreams out of stories told by his mentor and friend, Francisco, a Portuguese fisherman who had spent his younger years fishing the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and as a whaler off the icy shores of Baffin Island. Vancouver fell short of his imaginings,

In the year he turned twenty, Ken set out on foot, and alone, across the Arctic Tundra, determined to find the world he wanted to experience. During his five-year trek he had the great good fortune to be adopted by an Inuit family and to experience life’s dramas and astounding beauty along with the raw knowledge that a way of life was being destroyed as he watched.

 By his own calculations, Ken spent the next thirty-one years, several million dollars, ended a marriage and lost numerous friends to his fixation on keeping his promise to an Inuit grandmother—to make the plight of the Inuit known to the majority of Canadians who were largely unaware of life above the 60th Parallel. He not only succeeded, but he saw the redrawing of Canada’s map in the process.

This 21st C. Warrior believes it is our individual responsibility to make a difference in this world. His enthusiasm is contagious and listeners find themselves convinced, as he is, that every single person can make a difference, and several people with one common goal can change the world.

 This was proven yet again when he joined with a group of like-minded individuals on Vancouver Island, and, under his determined guidance and his insistence that “nothing is impossible if you just get off your butt and do it,” the historic river system of Nile Creek was restored to the bountiful numbers of Pink Salmon, Coho and Cutthroat of its prime productivity in the 1940s.

This is a success story that will give heart to each of us who wish to improve our surroundings “from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sea.”



Stretching Our Wings

A moment's pause on a sunny day

So much to learn, so little energy.

Spent the morning with good friends emulating the elephant drawn by a committee while attempting to gain consensus  on a theme for our Writer’s      Blog. We made great strides with much effort simply finding a gmail address for a common communication, and registering our blog with   acceptable passwords etc. But that hurdle is now behind us, and invitations have been sent to all members of the ssiwednesdaywrite blog.

Now I invite these selfsame members to my modest attempt at a blog so that I can play with various themes and see if I can master the assuredly simple steps to creating a page that has all the elements that I’d most like.

Check in occasionally friends, comment as the mood and the moment decrees, and hopefully we will start the summer with an entertaining and educational centre point to our writerly gatherings.

Cheers for this humble start to taking wing!