The sweet sounds and sights of summer

If you appreciate the sensorial side of life, it is hard to not like the movie Scent of the Green Papaya. The film features scenes in which birds cam be heard chirping nearby; rain is falling on leaves; flowers float in the garden; wind blows a strand of hair; wooden and pottery pieces decorate a [...]

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (excerpt)

If you go owling you have to be quiet, that’s what Pa always says. I had been waiting to go owling with Pa for a long, long time. [...] When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope. That’s what Pa says. The kind of hope that flies on silent [...]

In Love With the Maori Wrasse/ Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium

While visiting the three story tank in the Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium in Osaka, Japan, you will come nose-to- nose with a Maori Wrasse. This fish has a thick, turquoise coloured mouth and patterned and mauve coloured skin that looks like it has been tatooed.   These fish live in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, primarily [...]

Enjoying Cherry Blossom Season

The end of March and early April are prime cherry blossom viewing times in Vancouver.  Once the rain has passed this week, pack up your picnic blanket and head out to a cherry blossom viewing spot. If you have had the opportunity to be in Japan during cherry blossom season you will know that cherry [...]

Celebrating World Water Day

Save Water Save Life by Devika Chaturvedi, India (www.voicesnet.org) Nature has given us water That is very useful, We cannot live without it, It makes our life beautiful. If there was no water, We would not have rain, The most pleasant time in the world, The hot sun we suffer again and again If you [...]

2010 Winter Olympics: Flowers Designed to Inspire

If you and your family plan to watch the Olympics this February, you will see medal winning athletes receiving the same bouquet of flowers.  It was announced recently that the flowers will be produced by Just Beginning Flowers – a non-profit society dedicated to help train mentally and physically challenged women, including marginalized women recovering [...]

In the News: New Panda at the San Diego Zoo

By Pamela Chan The San Diego Zoo has released footage of five month old panda bear Yun Zi.  Panda lovers have been following the panda’s progress on the San Diego Zoo Panda Cam. Currently 239 Giant Pandas live in captivity inside China and another 27 live outside the country.  Anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 live in [...]

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