The smallest of companions

I cleaned the pet cage tonight. I carefully dumped out her soiled litter, soaked the plastic base in the bathtub. Wiped down the metal bars with vinegar and baking soda to control the fruit fly problem that was driving her nuts (and me). Continue reading

Culture shock

I am battling a serious case of culture shock at the moment. It has been about 48 hours since I got home from Burma, and my reintegration into Toronto is not going well. Withdrawal pangs grip my body. Continue reading

Fortuna favet fortibus

Fortuna favet fortibus. It’s Latin for fortune favors the bold / the brave. The Latin words grace my ancestral coat of arms. A variation on the Latin lists it as Fortunaa juvat audaces.

I like to think that it helps guide me when decisions are tough. I would like to think of myself as bold and brave, embracing the things that terrify me the most in life, challenging them head on.


WordPress featured my post on Scuba Diving in the Galapagos on their landing page, Freshly Pressed today. I wasn’t expecting that, and I certainly wasn’t expecting the overwhelming response.

Thank you to all the new subscribers, and thanks to everyone for their comments! I am really flattered.

Did you know that the total number of hits to this blog grew by half today alone? I cannot even wrap my head around those figures.

Inspired by all the new readers who paid me a visit, I updated my woefully out of date About page.

Hi new readers! I hope that you stick around!



I will write a long post when I get home and I have more reliable internet access. I didn’t bring my laptop with me to Ecuador, and right now I’m shellshocked to be off the ship and back on land after eight days on board the Galaven II.

But your parents were right. Pack sunscreen. Pack a lot of freaking sunscreen.