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Watch for notes and essays on nature study, meditation, and personal inner reflections and observations. Plus: the life of the imagination. Also, take a sneak peek into my current magical book project, maybe some audio, video …

As our global environment intensifies, I look for a new vocabulary to decode the personal meaning of all these shifts and changes. Scanning, like a weather reporter, I’m reporting to you from the inside with tips, humour and personal food for thought. (Yes, it could get weird at times.)


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I’m Carol Sill, a writer and editor, former educator, and long-time personal media advocate. My interests include meditation and media study, art and culture. I live on rocky Salt Spring Island in BC, Canada, with the abstract artist James K-M and B, our intrepid beagle. Find me on Twitter and Facebook.


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