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An Afternoon in Toronto
POSTED ON October 29, 2018 BY TASHA

tasha fall profile

Living in Hamilton, I am far enough away from the nation's most popular city to feel no spectacular affinity with it. Nevertheless, I am close enough to visit often. Short moments in Toronto are what I enjoy the most. I chose not to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto because living full-time in a large city was not [...]
 

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Crater Lake
POSTED ON October 15, 2018 BY TASHA

crater lake

I was going through my computer the other day, cleaning it out, and organizing files in preparation for getting back into some academic reading next month, and I found some old photos from a volcano lake, called Crater Lake. To the Klamath people [...]
 

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Fall Favs
POSTED ON October 10, 2018 BY TASHA

fall pumpkins

Time flies around us, not us through it: sometimes, I find it quite difficult to ground myself in my own environment or space. My mind is constantly wandering, I am always daydreaming, and the state of being distracted is very familiar to me [...]
 

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A Rainy Day in the Mountains
POSTED ON September 13, 2018 BY LEANNE

Rainy Days

I grew up on the Canadian prairies. We don't get a whole lot of rain. When it does rain, it's usually violently spectacular -- hail , thunder, lightening -- or beautiful -- sun showers and double rainbows [...]
 

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A Creative Process
POSTED ON September 10, 2018 BY TASHA

Creative Process

Whether it’s writing or painting or sculpting or crafting or making, creativity takes time, care, and patience (especially with yourself). I have projects, thoughts, and ideas “sitting still” in notebooks, sketchbooks, Word documents, iPhone notes, and literally on my floor [...]

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Botanical Gardens
POSTED ON September 6, 2018 BY TASHA

Botanical Gardens

Summer in Canada flew by. In my head, it is still late-May, and I am thinking about all the wonderful reading I am going to do. But alas, time flies whether or not you're having fun, and the flowers are still blooming where I am. I have been thinking a lot about keeping myself busy with activities that […]

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Strawberry Moon
POSTED ON August 29, 2018 BY TASHA

Strawberry Moon Night

In my "earlier" years, I was very into dolphins, mermaids, and the moon. Mom and Dad convinced me that the painting of the mermaid hanging in my childhood bedroom was me, and I whole-heartedly believed them. My room was the brightest blue. I somehow owned a lava lamp shaped like a […]

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Ye Olde Medieval Faire
POSTED ON August 22, 2018 BY LEANNE

Lakeshore Cabins

"Hey guys, anyone interested in watching huge men riding even bigger horses at a full gallop in an attempt to knock each other off with eleven foot long solid wood poles? Oh, and we get to wear costumes."…

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Eagle's Eye and the Perseids
POSTED ON August 21, 2018 BY LEANNE

Lakeshore Cabins

As I write this, I’m sitting beside a roaring fire watching my husband eagerly researching specs of dust. If only he were this interested in dust when it’s time to clean the house…

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Reconnecting at Lake O'Hara
POSTED ON August 8, 2018 BY LEANNE

Lakeshore Cabins

I’m sitting on the porch of a little log cabin watching trout splash up out of the water to catch bugs for dinner. The emerald blue water is like glass right now, reflecting the surrounding mountains and tall, green fir trees perfectly…

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Do Something New!
POSTED ON AUGUST 19, 2017 BY LEANNE

Shakespeare Performance in Calgary

I love camping and travelling to (safe) places I’ve never been before. But this year, for a variety of reasons including finances and family commitments we haven’t had the chance to explore the world as much as we had hoped to. Darren saw that I was feeling a bit down about this so brought up […]

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Our fun experience at Nat Geo Live!
POSTED ON MARCH 12, 2017 BY LEANNE

Bumblebee

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and while I don’t disagree with the sentiment, I must say that I find listening to National Geographic photographers speak about their projects as fascinating (if not more fascinating!) than the photos themselves. We just got back from a National Geographic Live presentation entitled Beauty […]

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Random Thought: Guy Fawkes Day
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2016 BY LEANNE

Painting Christmas Ornaments

Guy Fawkes Day is on November 5th every year. It is celebrated in England with fireworks and bonfires. We have viewers all over the world and on occasion they ask for a craft or two to be added for celebrations from their neck of the woods. A few years back, I added Guy Fawkes Day. […]

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Adirondack Autumn Leaves
POSTED ON OCTOBER 15, 2016 BY LEANNE

Autumn Leaves at Mirror Lake

Autumn and spring have always battled for the title of my favorite season. This year, I think autumn has finally taken the prize as we visited the Adirondack State Park (Mirror Lake and Lake Placid, NY) for the first time to enjoy the autumn colours. Wow, I’ve never seen so many beautiful shades of autumn […]

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Random Thought: He Sure Showed Them!
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 BY LEANNE

Hockey Buddy Paper Craft

It’s hockey season—we’re from Western Canada and my husband is a huge hockey fan. Today he is busy watching the World Cup of Hockey and it has me reflecting on other hockey moments that I have arranged for him over the years. In 2004, the Calgary Flames unexpectedly made it to the Stanley […]

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Hiking the Loop Brook Trail
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 26, 2015 BY LEANNE

Loop Brook Trail

The Loop Brook Trail in Glacier Park, British Columbia (BC) is the perfect type of trail for my husband Darren and I. It’s a beautiful, forest walk (which I love) that is a pleasant challenge in parts without ever feeling dangerous. It’s also an interpretive walk with frequent signs detailing Canadian and CPR railway history […]

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Hiking the Kicking Horse to Amiskwi Trail
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 BY LEANNE

Wide River

Kicking Horse to Amiskwi Trail in Yoho National Park — BC, Canada Length of our walk: two hours, including time for a simple picnic and photos Distance of our walk: 3.4 kms (return) for the Kicking Horse/Amiskwi trail plus another 1/2 km on the Emerald River trail for a total of about 4 km walked. […]

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Dog–Sledding in Canmore, Alberta
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 17, 2015 BY LEANNE

Dog Sledding in the Winter

(not so) Extreme Travel Adventures with Kids Hi everyone, We just got back from dog–sledding and I decided that I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you. It was AWESOME!! After our fun trip dog–sledding as a family, I was inspired to add a Siberian Husky paper craft to the website. About […]

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The 2014 Winter Olympics
POSTED ON JANUARY 31, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Canada Flag

The 2014 Winter Olympics will start exactly one week from today; the events are being held in Sochi Russia and the preparation has been a long process! There is lots of hype about the games and I know I sure am excited! My dad and I plan to watch a lot of hockey and will definitely be […]

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