Spring Gillard

The Best

I am very lucky to have two wonderful, eternally young parents. The quote below has always reminded me of my father. You are the best Dad – happy birthday! The commentary after the quote is from Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day.

The best, like water, benefit all and do not compete. They […]

Earth Mothers

Thanks to my mother for my love of the earth, and all its glorious gardens.

I’m going to plant a heart in the Earth water it with love from a vein. I’m going to praise it with the push of muscle and care for it in the sound of all dimensions. I’m going to leave […]

Hunger Cure

There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our modern civilization is so physically oriented that when we hear the word hunger, we immediately think of vitamins and […]

In Like a Lamb

The year of the ram is upon us, according to the Lunar Calendar. The ram (or sheep or goat) is said to usher in a calmer, gentler time. Nevertheless, Chinatown was abuzz this week with New Year’s activities. There’s plenty to do during the spring festival this weekend. The vibrant multicultural parade starts at 11 […]

Cooling the Jets


I was working on my thesis all day. What kept me going was the thought of sinking into the hot tub at the Aquatic Centre late afternoon and getting a good shoulder massage with the powerful jets. But when I got there, the hot tub was semi-disabled. There was a “substantial […]

Christmas Presence

One of the most precious gifts we can give our loved ones is our attention. So put down the phone or the newspaper, tear yourself away from your favourite TV show, forget all about multi-tasking and give someone your undivided attention this holiday season. Here’s Eknath Easwaran on why it matters.

By giving full attention […]

Spirit World Speaks

Prompted by a curiosity I had about 20 year cycles, I have been rereading my journals from 1994. During that year I was in Tofino doing some film work and quite serendipitously connected with some relatives I didn’t know I had. They are connected to the Cree bloodline that runs through my Dad’s side of […]

My Little Champignon

Four years ago tomorrow, my little nephew was born. I was home with my family, watching the Olympics while on baby watch. We were glued to the television, becoming experts in curling, speed skating, ice dance, biathlon and waiting. We loved every second, but always with an ear tipped towards the phone. Little Red Ryder […]

Concentrated Love

This is the January 15th thought for the day from modern day mystic Eknath Easwaran. I thought it fit Valentine’s Day very well too. The pink trees picture has nothing to do with parrots or one-pointed attention, but I do love it! Thank you to Blue Pueblo via the Green Renaissance Facebook page.

When […]

Tower Power

When I worked at City Farmer, I had an idea for a garden gate. I wanted the gate to lift straight up above the garden. But every “expert” I showed it to said it couldn’t be done. It would have to be more of a garage style door, they all said. But […]