2009 to 2012

Jumbo Pass (Sept & Oct 2012)

The front cover shows the magnificence of Jumbo Pass, which is part of the Purcell Mountains that our Retreat Center backs onto. How many of you know that the Ktunaxa Nation of the East Kootenays are claiming stewardship of this land? Recently they challenged the premier of BC, Christy Clark, with an application for a judicial review. I seldom listen to the radio, but I remember cringing as Clark told the CBC reporters that BC needs jobs so she rubber-stamped her approval. If you are as delighted as I am that the Ktunaxa are standing their ground, it would be good to support them financially and write letters of support. Please read the article on page 16 and check out their websites: www.ktunaxa.org or www.beforejumbo.com. Nature has power beyond our comprehension and has proven once again that it is a force to be reckoned with. In just a few minutes […Read More]

Elk Grazing in the Fields (Nov 2012)

Nature is the topic of several books I am reading these days, books that talk about being in tune with nature and about understanding one’s own nature. Many wise people have tried to awaken us to celebrate the wonders of nature, and others try to control it, mostly for profit. Then there are those who speak the truth and are silenced or ignored. As humans, we are waking up to the fact that if we are to survive, we must allow nature to thrive, inside and outside of ourselves. I like the quote by Helen Keller, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.” Since moving to Johnson’s Landing, I am surrounded by nature including many deer on our lawn and their spotted fawns in the spring. Last fall, I even glimpsed a buck courting a […Read More]