Tag Archives: Canada

The Poppies in My Lapel Bit

I slumbered while we cruised the Dardanelles… I can’t believe it’s already (nearly) November! And within this eleventh month is the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day” – a time and date set aside to mark the end of World War I.  As the distance between us and that moment nears a century and several […]

Canada: The 17 in ’17 Bit (Part 2)

Ohhh, Canadaaa!  Picking up where Part 1 of my Canadian sesquicentennial tribute left off, here are reasons 9 through 17 (still in no special order) why this American loves you: 9.  The Wild Wild Life While wandering through Canada’s breathtaking natural scenery, I’ve gotten some equally breathtaking reminders that when it comes to the great outdoors, we humans […]

Canada: The 17 in ’17 Bit (Part 1)

So 2017 looks like quite the year for landmark anniversaries!  My LA Kings turn 50.  It’s the 100th anniversary of the NHL and of independent Finland – a country from which half my ancestors and plenty of great NHLers hail.  It’s also Canada’s 150 birthday! To celebrate “The True North’s” sesquicentennial, I’m doin’ a list! […]

The Fluid State of Grace Bit

Over several roamings around Alberta, Canada, I’ve been thoroughly charmed by the spectacular scenery – especially by the lakes and rivers!  And through visits in different seasons, I’ve gotten to enjoy them in a variety of states (well, provinces, technically).  There’s so much geologic beauty there to take in and learn about!  While in the […]

EDMONTON: THE STATUES, FORTS AND TIMBITS BIT

So the NHL season ended with Mum’s beloved Blackhawks’ capturing the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years!  No more thrills now until the Fall – and yet I’ve still got hockey on the brain… I was just at this annual black tie event, having a fine time people-watching and swillin’ the bubbly when I noticed my […]

THE “GUIDE” TO VANCOUVER BIT

Presiding over Vancouver’s English Bay is a grand piece of artwork depicting what Inuits call an “inukshuk.”  People (plus the odd seagull) have employed inukshuks as markers to guide them to needful things like travel routes, food supplies and places of reverence.  This one happens to signify all those things for me – marking Vancouver as a special destination […]

THE NOVA SCOTIA DREAMIN’ BIT

On such a winter’s day about two years ago, I was not in my home in L.A. – I was sitting on a player’s bench in a Cape Breton Island ice rink in Nova Scotia.  And if I hadn’t been gasping for breath at the end of a recreation hockey championship game, I might have spared a second to […]