Articles Written By Enise Olding

Exploring Banderas Bay

By Enise Olding on Feb 1, 2012

Three tiny sea turtle hatchlings clustered on the end of a flip-flop are carefully transported by an anxious tourist to calmer water beyond the buffeting surf that had kept the newborns stranded on the beach. Read more...

Flashback Freddy

By Enise Olding on Sep 1, 2011

If a young Fred Wortley had not succumbed to the lure of money, Flashback Freddy may not be performing today. Every time his sister wanted to practise for the school dance, Fred became her willing partner - at 50 cents a session. Read more...

The Joys of Music

By Enise Olding on Jun 28, 2011

In the 1970s, Marilyn Rummel heard a recording that influenced many in her generation - "Le Renaissance de la harpe Celtique" by Alan Stivell. Hearing that "made me aware of the possibilities," she says, "and later when I saw a Celtic harp and put my hands on it for the first time, well, within 10 minutes of ever having seen and touched one I bought one - and that was it!" Read more...

Creativity, Soul and Self

By Enise Olding on Feb 28, 2011

Carrie Nelson says she wouldn't have started her nursery business any earlier in life, though she may have had fewer backaches. While her working life took her into the realms of academia, including some years as principal of Vancouver Island University's Cowichan campus, her passion for nature, flora and fauna and the wilderness accompanied her all her life. Read more...

Sharing a Passion

By Enise Olding on Jan 1, 2011

The year was 1977. A 44lb 9oz lobster was caught off Nova Scotia, ABBA's Dancing Queen was a No. 1 hit, Elvis died, the rings of Uranus were discovered, Star Wars opened in cinemas, caftans and ponchos were in fashion along with flared trousers, I took a scuba diving course in B.C.'s Okanagan Lakes and got my diving certificate. Read more...

Recognizing Volunteerism

By Enise Olding on Nov 1, 2010

Ten years ago, the first Valued Elder Recognition Awards (VERA) were presented by the University of Victoria's Centre on Aging, marking the United Nations International Day of the Older Persons on October 1st and recognizing the decades of dedication given by seniors to the community. Nominated individuals have to have made an exemplary unpaid contribution to the Capital Regional District for a minimum of 10 years. Read more...

Go On, Take a Bite

By Enise Olding on Nov 1, 2010

Everybody has been to New York, if not in person, then by way of TV, movies or music, and images of the action, people and scenery are familiar. Just hearing the words the Bronx, Yankees, Central Park, UN, 5th Avenue and Ground Zero transports us to the centre of The Big Apple. Read more...

On the Sea Shore

By Enise Olding on Apr 1, 2010

If Eric McMorran's grandfather had decided to join his relatives in Australia thousands of people would not have danced the light fantastic while overlooking the shores of Cordova Bay under the roof of McMorran's Beach House. Read more...

Facing Mountains

By Enise Olding on Mar 1, 2010

Cycling for 201 kilometres over river valleys and with 11,000 feet [3353 m] of Pyrenean ups and downs thrown in, albeit through stunningly beautiful scenery in France, would likely leave anyone with aches and pains. But, it was Brian Twohig's aches and pains that led him to take part in the 2003 LĂ­etape de Tour Read more...

Out of the Warm Land

By Enise Olding on Dec 1, 2009

Claudia Tenold is used to packing and unpacking cardboard boxes full of books, curiously sorting through the tantalizing contents to see which volumes will end up on the shelves of her used and collectible bookstore in downtown Duncan. Read more...

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