The Eagles Are Renovating Their Back Yard Nest Again!

BOOKS BEGIN IN BACKYARDS is the title of one of my public presentations and reflects a lifetime of writing and taking pictures of what I see in my own backyard, literally, or what happens to me personally. Get close to your subject. Write what you know best. This has been my mantra for many years.

I could spend my days just staring out the windows that line the back of my home here on Nanoose Bay as I have spent past years staring out the window onto Mill Bay, the Mackenzie River, and in years past, Island View Beach. I have published stories titled The World at My Window and books about life in my various backyards close to civilization like There’s a Seal in my Sleeping Bag, Gypsy in the Classroom and Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, or far away places such as There’s a Raccoon in my Parka or Winging it in the North. Continue reading

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Where Eagles Swim

This is a rare classic from the 1960s. Wildlife biologist David Hancock and his wife Lyn set out to study bald eagles and other wildlife. Their work was followed worldwide and films like “Where Eagles Swim” were screened for sell-out audiences. Continue reading

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Kneeling is Healing


Happy Thanksgiving Day and Harvest Festival Friends and Family! It was my turn to do “Prayers of the People” when we came together at Church on Sunday to give thanks to God for all his gifts –  especially the miracle of life seen in what can be harvested from a single seed or bulb.

Today or tomorrow, our tables will be laden with bounteous food which we will share with our families and friends in peace in the comfort of our homes.

We thank God truly for these blessings.But I have had trouble writing the prayers of the people this week.

Where was God during these past weeks of madness, hate, mental illness and violence, of massacres, floods and hurricanes, of ethnic cleansing of one people and their religion by another, of so much devastation in so many countries, of so many threatening words and provocative actions from world leaders that could lead to the end of our wonderful planet.

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Getting Away From It All in Sarteneja


Winching yourself by hand on a ferry across two rivers is a unique way of getting to Sarteneja from Corozal

After what happened to me on my first day in Belize (see my recent blog BETWEEN TWO BULLETS IN BELIZE) I escaped to my computer in Sarteneja, a remote Mayan-Mestizo village on the Caribbean Sea, close to Mexico. In Belize I live in a simple, humble, ‘home-made’ but strikingly coloured turquoise house, a construction project which is a story in itself. It shows what can be done with little money, scarcely any tools other than a hammer and a machete, and a lot of ingenuity and improvisation. Continue reading

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Eagles in my Backyard

Two days now and the nest tree in my backyard is empty. No chirps, no chitters, no squeals. No longer are the parent eagles winging over my lawn with long fish hanging from their talons and landing on the nest to feed their young. It is the first day of August and they must have finally left for the salmon spawning now in northern rivers. How I would love to tag along with them and see how Junior is managing to find its own fish.  I may never see Junior again but I am sure that come fall the parent eagles will be back with brush to renovate their nest for the next spring season.

I remember last October sitting at my kitchen table and seeing an adult eagle flying by with a long branch of dry broom hanging from its talons. I grabbed my point and shoot and happily snapped a picture of the Eagle Witch on her broomstick at Hallowe’en. Continue reading

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