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 Amazon.ca or major bookstores near you.

FLYIN’ HIGH WITH THE OLYMPICS

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.

GO CANADA GO

And thank you everyone from everywhere who contributes so selflessly.

Excuse me now, there is more to see!

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!