2020: the bad, the worse and the ugly

Reviewing accomplishments for 2020 would be somewhat pointless. In a year defined by a global viral pandemic, when doomscrolling became a thing, celebratory moments were few and far between. However, it was a year like…

The dead zone of north Marpole

We thought most places on Vancouver’s west side would at least have good running options, nice greenspace and decent walkability. Just eight months hanging out in north Marpole has proved us wrong. I often refer…

FIT for a couple scopes

With long-term IBS and a near year-long H Pylori infection triggering a specialist consultation, I’m not sure I really needed to add anything to the 2020 GI bingo card. In the meantime, however, it occurred…

Helicobacter Pylori

My long-standing digestive issues already caused me regular grief, but I began noticing new symptoms in the fall/winter of 2019. In particular, frequent severe heartburn without any change in diet, intermittent stomach pain that got…

A digestive year from hell

Digestion is a topic that many people don’t like to discuss. Well, I’m going to talk about it because 2020 has been a gastrointestinal (GI) annus horribilis, and yet I’ve managed to come out the…

Unpacking an Unhinged Twitter Troll

Twitter can be a nasty place, and at one time or another we’re all to blame. Real people have passionate discussions and sometimes go over the top. Or, misinformation gets called out with a saltier-than-necessary…

Bali Travel Refugees

Much like our surprise week in Perth, we didn’t expect to go to Bali, or Indonesia at all, on this trip. What we experienced we loved, even if it ended up too brief and far…

Perth & Rottnest Island

Not originally on our itinerary, we ended up in Perth for a week when we began to change our travel plans due to COVID-19. It’s a really nice place, and was much lower key and…