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published in Uncategorized by Maryanne | June 4, 2018 | No Comment

Eat Chocolate & Save Grizzly Bears

 

“As the only permanent solution to stopping the commercial trophy hunt appeared to be buying out hunting licenses, we began purchasing hunting rights in 2005. With your help we have given protection to bears from trophy hunting in three jurisdictions in the Great Bear Rainforest. Now we can secure a fourth tenure.”

– Raincoast Conservation Foundation

In 2017, the BC government announced an end to the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. 

Ending the coastal trophy hunt has been part of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s efforts to protect the habitat and life requisites for grizzly bears, and other life carnivores, in the Great Bear Rainforest for over two decades.

Raincoast, with the support of Coastal First Nations, has since struck a deal to buy a fourth trophy hunting licence in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The exclusive commercial licence covers an area of more than 2,300 square kilometres of rich habitat for large carnivores, including grizzlies, black bears, Spirit bears, wolves, cougars and wolverine.

To help pay for this licence, Raincoast has been running a campaign, Save the Great Bears, to raise the required $500,000, which includes the purchase price. The funds must be raised by Dec 31st, 2018.

Why does this matter? 

Raincoast’s acquisition of this tenure will ensure a permanent end to all commercial trophy hunting in some of the most spectacular watersheds on BC’s coast. Purchasing the remaining commercial trophy hunting rights in the Great Bear Rainforest, coupled with the province’s ban on grizzly hunting, is a significant step towards their goal of ending all large carnivore trophy hunting on the coast.

The sale guards against future shifts in government policy that could reverse the ban on grizzly hunting, while also ensuring that trophy hunting interests cannot continue the recreational hunting of black bears, wolves, cougars or wolverine.

To help raise awareness & funds for this campaign, Denman Island Chocolate created a special chocolate bar, aptly called “The Grizzly Bar.”

Here are a few ways you can help Raincoast raise the funds: 

#1. Donate directly to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Save the Great Bears campaign

#2. Buy a (very yummy) Denman Island Chocolate Grizzly Bar – available at select locations across Canada. Click here to find the location nearest you.

#3. Share your Grizzly Bar experience with a photo on social media with these hashtags:

#GrizzlyBar #SaveTheGreatBears

And be sure to tag @Raincoast

On behalf of the Grizzly Bears in BC…thank you!

Maryanne Pope is a long-time supporter of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. She is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

 

published in Uncategorized by Maryanne | May 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Are You a 9-ender? Make Good Use of Reaching the End of a Life Decade

 

“Someone who is forty-nine is about three times more likely to run a marathon than someone who’s just a year older.”

– Daniel Pink, When; The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Likewise, twenty-nine-year olds are about twice as likely to run a marathon as twenty-eight-year olds or thirty-year-olds. And, according to the same study done by social scientists Adam Alter and Hal Hershfield, people who are at the end of a life decade (e.g. 29, 39, 49) are overrepresented among first-time marathoners by a whopping 48%.

Now, I personally have zero interest in running a marathon. But I am intrigued by the idea that when a person’s age nears the end of a life decade, the research suggests that they tend to crank up their efforts a bit in the old goals department.

I was reading about this phenomenon in Daniel Pink’s insightful new book, When; The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Social psychologists Alter and Hershfield actually came up with the term “9-enders” to describe people in the last year of a life decade.

“Reaching the end of a decade,” Pink explains, “somehow rattles people’s thinking and redirects their actions.”

Or, put another way (pardon my language): 9-enders get shit done.

Mind you, what one gets done in the home stretch of a life decade isn’t always for the best. Alter and Hershfield’s research also discovered that the suicide rate was higher for 9-enders than it was for people whose ages ended in any other digit.

Likewise with cheating: on the Ashley Madison extramarital-affair website, nearly one in 8 men were 29, 39, 49 or 59…which is about 8% higher than chance would predict.

Alter and Hershfield admit the energizing effect of the end of a decade doesn’t make logical sense. “The earth doesn’t care about keeping track of our age,” they say. “But people do because we have short lives. We keep track to see how we are doing.”

Pink suggests that “What the end of a decade seems to trigger, for good and for ill, is a reenergized pursuit of significance.

When I thought back to what my 49th year held for me, I couldn’t help but wonder if these guys were on to something. Three months after I turned 49 (in 2017), I finally sold the home I’d been living in (and griping about) for 7 years, put my belongings into storage and hit the road with my dog for months. I’m still on the road.

When my mom turned 49 (in 1974), she divorced my father after 18 years of marriage and proceeded to raise 4 kids on her own.

How about you? Has a significant year of your life been at an age that ended with 9?

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

 

published in Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration, Travel, Uncategorized by Maryanne | April 11, 2018 | 11 Comments

Home Again – Not for Long

 

Sadie & Jadie together again

“Home is where you feel loved, appreciated and safe.”

– Tracey Taylor

Salut!

Sadie and I are back in Victoria, in our cozy little bottom bunk bed in Ella’s room at Dave & Heathe’s in Victoria, BC. It’s GREAT to be home!

Home has become a very relative term for this restless gazelle. Home is no longer where I hang my hat (or my dazzling collection of toques and ball caps, as the case may be) – at least, not for long. Home is where I happen to BE at any given time – be that a room at the Motel 6 (I stayed at a few on my trip and found them safe, clean and comfortable just very sparse), a run-down beach cottage, a fancy beach cottage or with friends who are ever so gracious to put up with me and ball-obsessed fur-ball. But I came home on Sunday to a scrumptious steak dinner, so I figure that’s a good sign (versus a change of locks on the front door).

Now that the Great Bohemian Gypsy Writing Road Trip Odyssey is finished, what’s next?

Well, this photo (the sink in the restaurant bathroom at the delightfully eccentric McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel in Centralia, WA – the first and last place I stayed on my road trip) captures the situation perfectly:

In other words, I am fortunate to have a few choices!

And since I am absolutely loving the gypsy life, I am going to continue that in the short term. Heathe and I head to PARIS next week for 10 days! We are beyond excited. I will be writing for a few hours in the mornings (have laptop, will travel) and then we’ll be sightseeing (and eating, of course) the rest of the time.

After Paris, I’ll be going up island and staying at a few different places. Then I have a furnished house rented in Mill Bay (45 min north of Victoria) for the summer…yahoo!

At some point, I will buy or rent a home of my own again (since my 9000 pounds of STUFF can’t stay in storage forever).

This is one housing option I am considering:

Kidding! Those are just a few more photos from the luxurious Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA (I so wish I fell in that pool).

These are some other potential housing choices:

I snapped this photo somewhere in Oregon or California…it cracked me up!

 

A ground-level tree house…

 

Or one with a DOOR!

Ah well…we shall see what the Universe has in store. For now, I am happy to continue the gypsy life and am VERY grateful that I am able to do so.

Take care, thank you so very much for sharing in our road trip and I hope life is treating you well!

If you are just joining me & would like to do a little catch-up reading on the Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure, here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Sedona Unplugged

Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce…Oh My!

Salt Flats to Snow Drifts

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life