I joined the 99s

When I started my flying career in 1979, the The Ninety-Nines celebrated their 50th Birthday. As the only international organization of female pilots in the world, I considered joining the 99s founded by my hero Amelia Earhart and named after the original 99 members. Had I joined the 99s, I likely would have benefited from…

Quinte Rotary Music Festival

Friday April 7: Based on performances earlier this week,  TEN very talented students were chosen by adjudicators Susanne Hughes, Peter Stoll, and Carolynne Davy to compete for several trophies.  This year’s most awarded performer was Tabitha Savic who received the Silver Tray Award (piano), the Silver Strings Award (harp), and the Joe Demeza Prize for…

The orang utans of Kalimantan

Orang utans, the People of the Forest, are found only in the rainforest islands of Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra, Malaysia.   We visited the orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, Borneo. Wild orangutans are endangered.  Approximately 50,000 orangutans inhabit the forests of Asia.  Threats to wild orangutan populations include: habitat destruction by major agribusinesses that…

The Sky’s the Limit!

On June 25th, 2016 I attended the CFB Trenton Airshow on the very day that my dear friend and former student, Joyce Spring was celebrating her birthday.  This serendipity prompted me to post a blog about her second book, The Sky’s the Limit (2006).    Joyce’s first book, Daring Lady Flyers (1994), highlighting the stories of daring…

Fire & Ice. Sand & Steam.

CHILE: FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT SOUTH, TO THE END OF THE WORLD. DAYS 16 – 23: Wine tasting in Chile’s Colchagua Valley and …the end of our travels. Our last week in Chile was the only portion of our adventure that we hadn’t pre-arranged from the comfort of our Canadian home.  Unable to decide upon a specific wine region we decided to…

Canadian Women in the Sky

Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 years of flight. Anecdotes, histories, and first person interviews compiled by Elizabeth Gillan Muir Ph.D. chronicle Canadian aviation landmarks by women.  Gillan Muir begins with the first flights by females as aircraft passengers and their progress from stewardesses to bush pilots to airline pilots to astronauts. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing our story with…

Fire & ice. Sand & steam.

CHILE:  FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT, SOUTH TO THE END OF THE WORLD DAY 1:  The Atacama Dense jungle and deserts are my favorite places in the entire world.   Enchanted by the jungle I moved to the Mayalands of Mesoamerica where I lived for 3 years.  Perched high upon a camel I had lumbered across Morocco’s…

Cultural awareness or…”How-To” Home-stay

“How-to” Home-Stay. You’ve finally arrived – perhaps after a full day’s travel – awakening into a different world and into a culture that appears very different than your own.   Nothing is familiar. You are a stranger in a strange land.   And then, you find yourself stepping over the threshold into another family’s life.  You’re…

Lola goes flying

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.   Helen Keller (1880-1968) My first flight. Following the birth of my only sibling in April, my parents planned what was intended to be our “most wonderful vacation”.  The four of us, my parents, my four-month-old sister, Lynn, and seven-year-old me, would be traveling to our semi-annual family…

Go get lost!

Do you want to travel but fear of the unknown grips you? Do you hesitate because you might get robbed?   or mugged?   or raped?   or murdered?   or maybe only lost! Obviously I haven’t been murdered.  In fact, the only threats to my life have been from speeding transports on terrifying super-highways throughout North America.  But I…