The Downside of Deceleration

Most of my life, I’ve been in a hurry to get to the end of the task, the top of the heap, the other side. Then, somewhere approaching the midway point of life, I clued into the fact that racing to get to the end was not smart, and I should start thinking about ways…

Snow Mandalas: Talking to Simon Beck

In 2012, I got the chance to write about snow-artist, Simon Beck, for a piece for Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine. Passionate and quirky, he was hoping to secure some form of sponsorship, so he could keep leaving his marks in snow, improve his camera equipment and work on a book. Well, it looks like his…

How’s Motherhood?! Did you really just ask me that?

I wrote this a few months ago but was too shy to share it. Maybe these particular nerves feel less raw this morning. For some reason, today, I feel like parading my naked self around. That will pass and I’ll soon be struck by a wave of publishing-remorse and go searching for the Great Undo Button…

How to Ski Like A Man

The failure of the world to explode in cataclysmic fireballs on the end of the Mayan calendar means those New Year resolutions you didn’t bother with suddenly demand a little attention. (It’s not too late!) Today, I told the Liftopia community that any Self Improvement journey should begin with a promise to go skiing. With…

Tweet Better: Free workshop on Wednesday

More from the twittersphere… On Wednesday night, I’m giving a free Twitter 101 workshop at the Pemberton and District Library at 7pm.  (Please register by calling 604-894-6916, dropping in or emailing library@pemberton.bclibrary.ca.) To help articulate what it’s about, I was interviewed on Choose Pemberton. Here’s an extract from that Q+A, which I answered in 140…

Deep Winter VI, the recap

UPDATE Jan 17, Robin O’Neill’s winning show: Robin O’Neill – Deep Winter 2012 Winning Slideshow from Robin O'Neill on Vimeo. On timing. (In which we argue that Deep Winter 2012 was a display of both exquisitely good and bad timing.)  Deep Winter Photo Challenge returned last night, the cultural highlight of the New Year. It couldn’t…

Me! Me! Me! Stoking social media savvy at the Whistler Writers Festival

Honest. I’m not an egomaniac. That’s why I thought it was so funny to tell Stella Harvey, the Whistler Writers Festival director that I would present a session called “Me! Me! Me! How to build your social media savvy for wanton self-promotion.” But now the gig is imminent, (and even has a presenting sponsor in Street…

Chasing the light – shooting the Economic Development Commission campaign

Spent Monday night chasing the light, working with photographer Robin O’Neill, to capture the second “story” for a campaign for the Pemberton & District Economic Development Commission. This shot of our kick-ass local models was eliminated from the final cut, mostly because of the vertical orientation, but it sure fit the branding requirements of showcasing…

What happens when a vegetarian goes to the gunclub

A hippie-minded vegetarian goes to the local gun-club. Sounds like the opening line to a bad joke… or fodder for a limerick… but it was a Boxing Day deadline to write about the Pemberton Wildlife Association‘s shooting range. PWA members Clarke Gatehouse and Al McEwan were a little nervous when a city-bred vegetarian female journalist called…