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Today marks the launch date for this blog/website in 2012, and we would like to take this opportunity as we swing into our fourth year to thank all of our readers and advertisers for their support. It has been a great ride discovering so many special places and people and introducing them to our readers all over the world; we look forward to continuing the adventure.


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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  1. Ben Potter says:

    Just wondering if you would like to do an interview sometime about Della Falls, the highest waterfalls in Canada. These falls are situated in a beautiful wilderness setting 16km northwest of the trailhead at the west end of Great Central Lake here on Vancouver Island. I operate the water taxi which takes backpackers to the trailhead and pick them up after their hike, usually two days later. View my website, and call or email me if you are interested. Thank you, Ben Potter

    • Shirley Shirley says:

      Hi Ben – I would love to do a piece about Della Falls, but unfortunately galloping old age, respiratory issues and arthritis would preclude me doing the hike in. I lived in Port Alberni many years ago and Meg Trebett, one of my editorial colleagues at the AV Times, hiked in and managed to break her leg on the way out ;-( I regret now that I didn’t do the trip when I was younger and more agile. If there is any other way to get in there without killing myself I would love to do a story.

      Best regards,

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