The thought crystalized as clearly as the ice sculptures I’d seen the day before in the Crystal Garden of Confederation Park: I couldn’t feel my feet. Standing on frozen Dow’s Lake, in the early morning before the Winterlude Triathlon, this January, I had done my best to bundle against the cold. My three layers, plus …

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Have you ever received a birthday present that makes you think ‘Damn, this person knows me a little too well!’? Well that’s exactly what happened this year. Nothing quite captures my love for baking and hilarious hipster crap than Fred & Friends Munchstache Cookie Cutters. I’m rather well known for my various attempts at cookie …

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Vanessa understands fear and personal journey from multiple dimensions: as a young child that was brought back to life after drowning; as a lifelong student of Eastern philosophy, Western psychology, and meditation; as a coach/healer/advocate for hundreds of clients who seek her help in resolving personal crises.

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Back in college, I spent a semester in the gorgeous French town of Grenoble, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. When I recall that time, it’s hard to forget the pervasive holiday spirit that dominated the town; that’s because, although the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, they take the Christmas holidays very, very seriously. The …

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Everyone seems to be saving the world. Meanwhile, here I am, a social worker in a mountain town, living paycheck-to-paycheck, wandering through the desert on a Saturday morning and worried about the gas money that it’s going to take to get me back home.

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Everyone I knew who had gone to culinary school told me not to go. Yes, yes; I knew working in kitchens was stressful, physically demanding, and exhausting. I’d done a bit of it, I could deal with those things.
I moved to Paris. My five month intensive cuisine program passed quickly and painlessly enough.

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A while back, Poler Stuff sent over this beautiful bag dubbed the “Drifter Pack.” Something you should know about me before we get into the review: I LOVE backpacks. I have about six right now that go in and out of rotation depending on the activity or the season (favorite all-time b-packs: Mhm Incline and …

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When I returned home, having completed my expedition, I found that this part of my experience struck a chord with lots of people – what is it that keeps us going even when we know it is impossible to continue?

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