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By my fiftieth birthday in 2000, I had the sense of an ending. I’d experienced the highs of raising two healthy, happy, and independent children, the lows of doing it as a divorced, working mother. My career in the advertising agency had taken me up...

I live in Gibsons on BC’s Sunshine Coast, a place where EB White’s quotation about wonder is spelled out in childish block letters on the outside of the Arts Building. Where the mountains propel themselves straight out of the ocean’s clutches to heights that challenge...

In my early 50’s, retirement was on my mind—even though the means to do so were conspicuously absent. I don’t remember where, but I read something that I will never forget: don’t wait until you retire to start doing what you want to do in...