Posted by UR on January 1, 2010
Published in the January/February 2010 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people.
Life on the edge (of traffic) has its pros and cons
Last spring I shared My Dirty Little Secret that sometimes I hate riding a bike. This winter I wonder if cycling hates me.
I’ve been bike commuting all my life and for many of those years, I’ve had a chronic cough. It’s a deep, seal-like bark that starts with a tickle in my throat and erupts into chest-wracking spasms. Minutes after stepping inside after a ride, the hacking starts and my friends wonder how I’ve managed to hide a two-pack-a-day habit.
The thing is: I don’t smoke. I’ve never smoked, and the only vice I’m guilty of is my addiction to tasty beer and tearing through town on a bike. I ride my bike to my chiropractor, who lauds my healthy lifestyle as she adjusts my spinal subluxation; and I ride my bike to my massage therapist, who pinches my seized trapezius muscles into submission.
“Do you ever see those photos of road racers at the podium?” asked Francois one time as he squeezed a rock-like cord of muscle in my neck. “They stand up there and they’re all round-shouldered from years of bending over their handlebars—like you!”
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Posted by UR on February 9, 2006
Put some environmentally virtuous lovin’ into your healthy living
Published in the February 2006 issue of Shared Vision Magazine.
A more environmentally virtuous way to get some healthy lovin’ into your healthy living
Designer Christi York was thinking about her organic lifestyle one day, when she had a naughty thought. “I’m really into organic foods and the learning process of what we put into our bodies,” says the founder of Vancouver-based Buenostyle, “so the idea for this graphic just popped into my head.”
That idea was a bright, stylish response to the “granola-coloured boring styles” and “depressing environmental messages” she saw on store shelves: a line of sassy, organic cotton panties emblazoned with a just-try-me challenge to Eat Organic.
Organic lingerie it’s not, but cheeky entrepreneurs like York are starting to put the “wheeee” into green: her natural panties join the products of a swelling rank of daring marketers who bring you a more environmentally virtuous way to get some healthy lovin’ into your healthy living.
Shared Vision went in search of off-the-grid toys, trends, and tidbits and selected a few that seemed particularly playful, guilt-free, and non-intimidating. These mostly local treats are chock full of healthy goodness in one way or another, so go ahead and try a sample. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by UR on May 5, 2005
Communication while you play is the only way, says the kink community
If you’re not tied up this weekend, Vancouver’s kink community would like to tell you a thing or two about safe, sane, consensual sex. Enthusiasts of the Lower Mainland’s BDSM, swinger, polyamory, and erotica scenes will be joining up with sexologists, politicians, filmmakers, and self-professed “perverts” at the Sex Conference to overcome what they see as the biggest threat to healthy sex: ignorance. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by UR on May 1, 2005
A 1,600 kilometre expedition by kayak, foot and bicycle through B.C.’s north
Day Two of a 10-day hike...no trail, no boots, no turning back.
ISKUT, B.C. — Gregg Drury is a Minnesota-raised outdoorsman, social activist and eco-entrepreneur who ~ I discovered ~ has a lot to say about menstrual products.
I’d agreed to join him on an exploratory section of his 60-day self-propelled Odyssey Tour and inquired ahead of time ~ as any inexperienced gal about to go hiking through northern B.C.’s grizzly country might ~ if it was okay to bring “Aunt Flow” along.
“Well,” I could hear him deliberate over the phone, “There is no doubt in my mind that a woman who is menstruating while on a wilderness trip increases the risk associated with a bear attack ~ both for herself and her travelling companions.” He went on to describe the dangers of conventional disposable tampons, the benefits of reusable menstrual cups and where in Vancouver I could get one.
Simultaneously terrified and impressed, I made the necessary gear adjustments and met Gregg, assistant guide Fiona Brodie and fellow guinea pig John Harrison over topographic maps in Gregg’s Iskut, B.C. base about 320 kilometers south of the Yukon border. We’d be helped along by Tahltan elder Pat Etzerza, his nephew Clarence Quock, and five of their pack horses.
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Posted by UR on February 8, 2002
Do “orgasm creams” give mens’ blue pills some stiff competition?
Good morning, good morning! Your fella is kicking up his heels on his way to work and and it’s terrific that Viagra is helping men get their ED thing sorted out, really. Unfortunately, only 25 per cent of their female partners report that they experience orgasm during intercourse and nearly a third acknowledge a complete lack of sexual desire. That leaves a few dance partners asking, “Hey, what about me?” Read the rest of this entry »
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