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published in Activity, Beauty, Inspiration, Travel by Maryanne | August 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

Oregon Road Trip – Headache Free!


MA on early morning ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, WA

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

– Walt Whitman

Hallo and Happy Summer!

How is your summer going? Fantastic, I hope 🙂

I had a fabulous road trip to Oregon last week for a friend’s 50th birthday party near Portland. On the way, I stayed a night at Seaside on the Oregon Coast and then headed inland to the delightful McMenamin’s Edgefield property (just East of Portland) for two nights. No cluster migraines this time…hooray!

Here are a few photos from my trip:

Baby swallows in their nest, waiting for Momma to return with breakfast


Morning fishermen at Seaside, Oregon


Happy to be at the beach, Seaside Oregon


Seaside, OR


Oregon coastline


Garden at Ruby’s Spa, McMenamin’s Edgefield, Portland, OR


Japanese garden at McMenamin’s


Some of the gang wandering the grounds at McMenamin’s – the birthday girl, Ellen, is second from the right


Pretty spot for lunch on the way home, Washington Peninsula


Have a great week!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the 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.

published in Activity, Beauty, Environment, Face the Future, Inspiration, Nature by Maryanne | April 19, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 4th blog in the Face the Future 2017 spring blog series:

Getting Out into the Great Outdoors – Earth Play for Earth Day 2017

Maryanne & Sadie, Qualicum Beach, BC

“Kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet.”

– Earth Day Canada

Earth Day is Saturday April 22nd!

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrations across the country are highlighting our great outdoors.

At a time when most children spend less than an hour per day outside, Earth Day Canada is asking everyone to “EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017” by getting outside to connect to your nature!

Remember how you played as a child?

Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering?

I sure did!

But according to Earth Day Canada, this type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.

Why does Earth Day Canada care so much and why should you?

Because kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet. And kids who don’t connect to their inner nature through creative play won’t be as resilient as generations before them.

That’s why Earth Day Canada is dedicating this year’s campaign to outdoor play.

So whether you have kids or not, I hope you can get into the great outdoors on Apr 22nd and have some FUN while celebrating the beauty of nature 🙂

About Earth Day Canada

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities.

For further information, please visit their website.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.  



published in Activity, Caregiving, Gratitude, Inspiration, Mothering Matters, Photos by Maryanne | July 22, 2015 | 6 Comments


 Camp Pope Ends Tonight!


Paige's perspective picture

“Perspective” by Paige Cumming, 13

 “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”

– Tim Burton

3 days, 7 kids, 1 Auntie, 1 Golden Retriever and 1 very messy house…Camp Pope 2015 is well under way!

Paige, 13, who sketched the above picture , is right: life is about perspective. As a single gal with no kids, I’m certainly getting a different perspective on life. I have a profound appreciation for parents and the time, effort, organization and cash it takes, day in and day out, to make the world of a family go ’round.

And we’re just in fun-mode!

Here are a few snaps so far from Camp Pope 2015:

group at airport

L to R: Nicholas, Zach, Alyssa, Taylor, Holly, Paige & Ella

MA stunned at airport

MA at the airport, the calm before the storm

Nicholas and Ella polishing silver

Nicholas and Ella polishing silver (putting them to work!)

MA with painted face & Sadie

Sadie & MA

gang in living room

Movie time

Ella with flower

Ella taking a break from doing the tango

Alyssa, Holly, Paige and Ella on ferry

Alyssa, Paige, Holly & Ella on ferry to Sidney Spit – we got soaked!

Tay & Holly on couch

Holly & Taylor with morning Starbucks

Zach sleeping

Zach, sound asleep

Once the rest of the kids wake up, we’ll be cooking up one of our infamous big-breakfasts (chocolate chip pancakes & bacon) and then heading to the aquarium, then on to Durance Lake for a swim.

Have a great day!

Registration for Camp Pope 2015 is obviously now closed. Registration for Camp Pope 2016 will begin on August 1st, 2015….I think 🙂