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Few sights are more beautiful than a Tofino sunset.

Few sights are more beautiful than a Tofino sunset.

Perhaps the most alluring job I ever turned down was an offer to lead newsroom transformation for Canada’s largest newspaper company.

My fondness for Canada is long and deep, and a job that would mean lengthy stays and frequent visits in such beloved cities as Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton and Victoria was enticing. I relished the opportunity and challenge of helping metro newspapers retool for digital success. I nearly accepted the job.

I’ll quickly address the national-loyalty issue. Except when my father was assigned to overseas Air Force bases, I’ve happily lived my whole life in the United States. I love this country and wasn’t looking to leave it. But when a Canadian company recruited me, I listened. I love Canada, too.

Cox Beach, south of Tofino

Cox Beach, south of Tofino

Mimi’s and my favorite place in the world may be Tofino, a tourist/fishing village on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. We’ve visited there several times at different seasons of the year, always enchanted by the crashing waves, the lovely beaches, the bears and whales, the fish tacos and other fine dining.

If she writes a best-selling novel and sells its movie rights for a whopping sum, or if I could make a living writing, consulting and training based there, we would happily live the rest of our lives in a small Tofino home, walking distance from one of our favourite beaches. Those are huge ifs, but we share the fantasy every time we visit.

And Tofino is just one of the many places we’ve loved visiting in Canada. From Cape Breton and the lighthouses along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast to the crystal waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park to golden eagles near Williams Lake, B.C., to a Jeep ride into the Yukon territory, we have enjoyed Canada’s spectacular scenery coast to coast. We’ve enjoyed the museums, restaurants and other cultural offerings of Canada’s great cities. (more…)

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I blogged in 2012 about Tim Tamimi developing a new header for my blog (below), in gratitude for a blog post about his mother several years ago. I’ve used it for about a year and a half now.

Well, Tim decided I needed to update the look, so he sent me a new logo for the blog. I post it again with much appreciation.

What do you think? Which do you prefer?

cropped-blog-header1.jpgHere are other headers I’ve used through the years:

Me at Bryce Canyon:

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The sunset at Tofino, B.C.:

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Flags lining the Shenandoah, Iowa, cemetery for the 2012 burial of my nephew, Brandon.

cropped-brandon-buttry-panoramic-flag-shot.jpegI don’t have a favorite. I’ve enjoyed each of them and I appreciate a change now and then. Thanks to Tim for noting that it was time for a change again.

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Sunset over the Pacific from Duffin Cove, Oct. 5, 2010

The glorious sunset was a daily marvel when I was growing up in Sunset, Utah.

Our home lay directly east of the Great Salt Lake, a mile or so away, and every evening, the setting sun would paint the sky a stunning array of reds, oranges, pinks and purples, the hues reflecting off salty water and wispy clouds. I can’t attest how much of this is selective childhood memory or meteorological fact, but I don’t think we ever had a cloudless sky or an overcast evening. It seemed that the Salt Desert to the west of the lake kept us from more than light rain, and that was during the day, but the lake itself gave off enough moisture to provide delicate brush strokes of clouds to spread the sun’s last rays across the sky. (more…)

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As you drive the main drag of Tofino, a coastal resort town on Vancouver Island, competing signs beckon you to go whale-watching.

The competition among tour operators is genuine on the street and in the fliers hawking tourist attractions and activities. Each business wants to attract the most tourists to its boats.

But out on the waters, the captains turn from competitors to collaborators. They share their whale sightings by radio, and the competing boats race to the area and follow the same whale(s) for a while, their boats bobbing on the water and their passengers pointing and exclaiming each time a great beast surfaces. (more…)

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