Logging in the Days

Self Care To Live With

Explore the Common

Nature as Medicine - Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, BC Canada

That natural beauty is strong medicine. I experience nature as calming, if slowing down is what I need, or re-charge if I need to re-energize.  When we oxygenate in Beauty then you have a tonic that only a spa may be able to replicate. I think Beauty should be on the new Canada Food Guide. Hey, maybe it is!    

Hobbies & Rural Wisdom of Knowing how to do stuff

zen tangle, journal, music, writing, dance, all of the above

Psychosocial Rehabilitation includes the exploration of creativity. Left photo is a section of a bed sheet I am covering with beads.

Mobile Phone Photography

for fun on the go and where-ever you are

Mobile phone photography people create art that is edited on a cell phone  using cell phone apps.  Explore Mobile Phone Photography Awards  to see what people are submitting. Left photo was shot under a bridge in North Vancouver. Edited using cell phone apps on an old Windows phone. 

Make it up and make it happen 

Art is life

Art for the pleasure it brings. Left is a little trinket curtain I made. The ends of each strand of beads are trinkets that have been with me forever. Many of my trinket ends I have forgotten from where they were from. 

From Simple to Super

Take something simple and glam it up

We can relearn how to eat for brain and body health. Left is a plate of oven dried apple chips along with fresh lemon curd for a dip.  Lemon curd recipe is from youtube instructions. Art by Autumn Skye Morrison

Where do you live ? The answer to this question is not your address 

We share our home with plants that speak to the history of the land 

Can you name a dozen indigenous plants that grow around your neighbourhood?  Benefits of doing this memorization work includes knowing a little more about your world. Left is a St. Johns Wort tincture, harvested in my local area. 

Animals Need You ! Somewhere, there's a dog that needs walking 

Being of service to an animal can help to process one's own grief 

The research is in and we know the calming effects that animals have on humans as can be witnessed in seniors centres world wide. Left is a photo of the late Austin walking on a west coast trail at Lighthouse Park. Austin use to come to work with me and he knew how to sing and jump. 

Seasonal Festivities 

Getting out of the house can be difficult sometimes

A local seasonal favorite in my community is Loggers Sports Day. Local events are an option to stroll along with ease,  talk to as many artists as possible, and call it life on the wet west coast.

Social Media

Don't believe what you read

Fake news is not new. Give yourself chunks of time away from social media as a tolerance break from the provocations that clamor for your attention. Left is a fake news advertisement for the benefits of white sugar to control weight. Life, October 6th, 1961. FB deleted since December 2018. Whew!

Get Going ! Find a team that suites your needs and get on-board. 

Team events, sports, community projects, & seasonal celebrations

Find a team to join that works for your needs. Remember the public library for low and no-cost activities. The left photo is my past Dragon Boat team (Perfect Catch) in North Vancouver, BC. I am the one with the white pointy hat. Here we are preparing for a race in English Bay, Vancouver. 

Friends & Family 

It is not the numbers that make us great but how deeply we love

Whether your family is made up of two or a tribe, allowing support that gives us hope, courage, and the range of emotions including challenging us to see things from a different perspective, is a gift. Leaving behind negative people is not easy but you are worth the struggle. Left is the late Austin on a play date with his buddy Louis. 

Get Involved

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People affected by mental illness gathered together to document what is needed in Canada. The result was Out of the Shadows at Last . This defining document is the compass from which my practice originates.