Monthly Archives: May 2013

Kayaking – The Complete Broughtons

My friend Charlie and I had just launched to start a 10-day kayak trip through the Broughtons. We were up at 3 AM, and on the road by 4:30 to drive to the Naka Creek Recreation Site south of Robson … Continue reading

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CULTURAL CONTEXT

Traveling in different cultures can at times be difficult simply because we may not understand why they think and behave differently than us. I first learned this after working in the Canadian Arctic five times. I left my last posting … Continue reading

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Hiking camps

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It’s All About Attitude

Read this: LET IT REALLY SINK IN……THEN CHOOSE John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was … Continue reading

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World Population

In 2011, the population of the earth will reach 7 billion. It takes 200 years to count to 7 billion. 7 billion steps would take you around the globe 133X. Population through the ages. 1800 – 1 billion – It … Continue reading

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Health Care in Canada/USA

I am a retired Canadian general practitioner and have many comments about how Americans provide medical care. It is surprising that I have never seen any opinion solicited about the Canadian system despite that the US has many things to … Continue reading

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Problems with the Japanese Education System

Very early in a child’s life, Japanese children are in a competition to get into the best kindergarten, then primary school, middle school, then high school. Each step is viewed as getting the best education in order to achieve. Cramming, … Continue reading

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American Work Ethic

WORK ETHIC Work ethic is a set of values based on hard work and diligence. It is also a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character. An example would be the Protestant work ethic. … Continue reading

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Northern British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska

NORTHERN BC, YUKON AND ALASKA August 6 – September 7, 2012 After arriving in Castlegar on August 4, after a week at the Kootenay Mountaineering Club Hiking Camp at Carnovan Lake in the southern Rockies north of Elkford, I had … Continue reading

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Washington State Road Trip

WASHINGTON STATE ROAD TRIP July 6-25, 2012 I left Castlegar at the confluence of the Kootenay and Colombia Rivers and drove along one of the few free-flowing sections of the Columbia to Trail. I entered the US at the Waneta … Continue reading

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