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James Ryan
James Ryan

James Ryan
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On June 22nd, myself, along with 19 other members of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (including Senseis Ron Mattie, Brad Cosby and Neil Prime) all drove down together and participated in an event better known as Karate College, which has taken place down in Radford, Virginia for the past 30 years. This year’s...
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Today was my first ever attempt at participating in a group yoga class – hot yoga to be more specific, and there were definitely a couple of moments throughout when I thought for sure I was gonna vomit and then pass-out-face-plant in my own puke. Thank goodness I didn’t. I pre-paid for the entire...
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“Give a man a pen, and he’ll write for a day. Teach a man to make his own pen, and he’ll write at least until the ink runs out.” – Freddy James Maybe it’s the writer in me saying this, but I’ve always loved it whenever anyone’s given me a pen as a gift....
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“Hello, my name is Amelie and I am doing a big presentation on how hiking benefits your mental health. I know that you are very busy, but could you please spare a few minutes to answer the following questions: 1. How does hiking help you? 2. Do you think hiking helps your mental health?...
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...
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As many of you may already know (or not), I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jonathan Toews, a local athlete who plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat...
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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Niagara hiking enthusiast Jonathan Toews to discuss his upcoming plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, which he plans to accomplish on weekends by hiking 24 consecutive hours on five...

Waterwalker

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This feature-length documentary follows naturalist Bill Mason on his journey by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. The filmmaker and artist begins on Lake Superior, then explores winding and sometimes tortuous river waters to the meadowlands of the river’s source. Along the way, Mason paints scenes that capture his attention and muses about his love...
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“What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute. Pedal five hundred miles on a bicycle and you remain basically bourgeois. Paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of...

“To achieve a relationship with the land, one must travel on foot or by canoe and camp under nature’s canopy. Even those of us who do are often in so much of a hurry that we see and feel very little. Too often it is the destination that matters and not the journey itself.” – Bill Mason

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In my last post, I talked about my desire to hike all the way across Short Hills Provincial Park before eventually turning around and heading back to the Rockway Conservation Area prior to sunset, only I didn’t quite make it all the way across. Without knowing exactly how much more distance I needed to...
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DISCLAIMER: Before attempting any level of exercise, please consult with your physician to ensure that you are in good physical condition and able to participate in any of the explained activities. You should understand that when participating in any form of an exercise program, there is always the possibility of physical injury. If you...

“There are lessons in life that can only be learned through fairly massive deviations from our normal, comfortable routines. These lessons alter our perspective on life and better equip us to deal with life’s unforeseen challenges. They can sharpen our optimism and generate a deeper appreciation for the simple things in life.” – Jared Campbell, the 16th finisher of the Barkley Marathon

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“This is the way we fall. First we lose our balance, teetering precariously on the edge of uncertainty, until, mercilessly, gravity takes over. You can’t outshine gravity.” ― Cassia Leo When I set out to hike along the Bruce Trail from the Rockway Conservation Area all the way to Short Hills Provincial Park, I...
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As some of you may recall from my last hike, I finally committed myself to trekking across every inch of the Bruce Trail, starting here in the Niagara Region, and then eventually, over an undetermined amount of time, hike the remainder of the trail all the way up to beautiful Tobermory. Something else that...

Courage is not defined by the absence of fear. Fear is natural. Courage is what happens when a person is afraid, but does what needs to be done anyway.