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Immerse yourself in nature. Write. Then hone your craft.

Upcoming Hollyhock workshop: Inhale Wilderness, Exhale Stories May 22-27

Inhale Wilderness, Exhale Stories: If you have always wanted to write, start now. You don't know what you can do until you jump in.

Study singles out genes for aggressive, wingmen and cross-dressing birds

Experts say those traits could hold clues to what's behind aggression in other species, and even humans.

Reviews of Danny Collins, Clouds of Sil Maria, Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet and more

Age and other issues confront Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche and Kyle Catlett as T.S. Spivet in three of the many new movies this week

National Geographic explorer Wade Davis on Enbridge, First Nations and mining

Speaking out on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and mining near his home, the author of Sacred Headwaters spoke with VO on nature, industry and First Nations.

Enbridge oil pipeline project an affront to Canadians

People rallying against the proposed oil pipeline through Northern B.C. aren't foreign environmentalists -- they are average thinking Canadians, says a Northern B.C. resident.

Eat more veggies, less meat to help double world's food supply

New research suggests eating less meat can help double the world's food supply.  The Canadian Press has the story: MONTREAL - A newly published blueprint for doubling the global food supply...

Views of Vancouver from VO's photo pool

Vancouver photographers capture some of last summer's most beautiful moments.

Envision the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan

An interview with a city sustainability planner.

Creative natives in Clayoquot Sound

Sometimes creativity is an individual thing, but it also runs in families. It can also run in whole communities and cultures. Last fall, during a fascinating 2-day meeting in Tofino, I learned about

What does it take to be a deer?

Our neighbor Diane told us a story that impressed me deeply. She was working in her garden one autumn when she heard an apple fall from one of Klaus’s trees across the road. Within seconds, she hear