Spring Gillard

Christmas Storms

I’m down with a killer flu. It flattened the whole family over Christmas. Dinner was cancelled, but at least we were all together, cozy and warm with plenty of soup, OJ and hot toddies, depending on your preference. In between coughing bouts and across a mountain of tissues, we traded remedies, none of which were […]


Wooden Boats Bridge, China, Green Renaissance

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. – George Bernard Shaw

All of us have tasted the freedom and happiness that self-forgetfulness brings. In watching a good game of tennis […]


Wishing you Peace this Christmas.

I want first of all…to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out [my] obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact—to borrow […]


I read a book a few years ago called Learning to Fly: Reflections on Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go. Author Sam Keen developed a program around the flying trapeze and through it taught his students a lot about life. It’s a fascinating read. Mary Oliver, one of my favourite poets, captures […]


A beautiful 125 Year Old Rhododendron Tree in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

Whatever you do, make it an offering to me – the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering. – Bhagavad Gita

We can’t give anyone joy or security by increasing her bank […]

The Birches Have Eyes

Nature is watching Oko Oko and Nancy Ruland

I want to thank all my elementary school teachers who posted poems on the classroom walls. I fell in love with Robert Frost and e e cummings, and well poetry as an art form, by reading and rereading those lines. Here’s one […]

Vegetable Literacy

I had my meditation group over for a potluck this past Friday. I hauled out my stained and dog-eared copy of The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison and settled on the fabulous Black Bean Chili. I have a number of favourites in that cookbook including the very festive baked polenta with gooey layers of tomato […]

Bringing Balance

This weekend I am giving myself a pre-Christmas treat. I’ve signed up for a “Do Less” workshop which is “3 hours of slow Yin and Restorative yoga, combined with Thai Head Massage, foot massages and Reiki.” Seriously. Oh and hot tea will be ready and waiting for us. As if that weren’t enough, […]

Armchair Artist

I like art. All kinds of art. I am inspired by the range and variety of artistic expressions out there. For example, a friend of mine has a blog about Outsider Art in Canada. I’ve had some experience with making functional art through the Solar Bike Tree and other pieces and so I […]

The Colours of Mayne

I picked up some treasures from the forest trail and beach on Mayne Island when I was there. The shells and rocks bear the same reddish-brown hue as the Arbutus tree bark. My collection reminded me of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gifts from the Sea. She spent some time writing at a cottage […]