About

Thank you for visiting my blog.  

It’s now been almost 8 years since I retired and 6 years since I started my first blog. During that time, this space has evolved although I like to think that I’ve been somewhat successful in my original purpose to provide inspiration to others to challenge their comfort zone.

I still believe in ‘living on the edge’. It’s not about trying death-defying activities (although I’ve done a few of those too), but about being adventurous and challenging myself to do new things.

I like to think of myself as an explorer. I’m a hiker, cyclist, amateur photographer, and wannabe artist. I look for the unusual, the curious, and the simple beauties that surround us.

Those are the kinds of stories you will find here in my space.

I hope you will enjoy your visit to my blog and find my stories entertaining, thought provoking, or perhaps even a little inspiring.

I can also be found on my other blog Following a Bold Plan

Updated January 2019

195 comments

  1. Hi. I hope you are feeling great today. The #Cherished blogfest is on and I look forward to reading about your most #Cherished object. Have a great weekend! Cheers!
    Peter.

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  2. Hi, My name is Sharukh Bamboat, one of the hosts of the Cherished Blogfest that you signed up for. I am glad that you decided to participate in it and write about the objects that you cherish in 500 words. I would request you to please put up the ‘Cherished’ blogfest badge on your blog sidebar to help your audience know that you’re participating. If you’ve already done that, kindly ignore it and I thank you for supporting the blogfest. You can also schedule the blog in advance, so that you can visit the other blogs during those three days of the fest. You can interact and make friends with other bloggers through the blogs available on the linky list. Also, please provide me with your email ID, that will help me to communicate with you efficiently about the upcoming blogfest. You can either reply this comment, or email me at – pathbreakingwriter@gmail.com

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  3. Hi Joanne- I am a permissions researcher working on a social studies publication. We’d like to seek permission to use one of your photos. Can you please email me at evamsvec@gmail.com and let me know where I can send a detailed permission request to?

    Many thanks,
    Eva Svec

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  4. Hello I’m Kyle.

    I noticed you took a few pictures of my my boat down at Bluffers Park. The winter/spring sim paradigm pics in your May blog. I’m the old trawler that stuck out like a sore thumb, with the flags. Loved the pics! I moved slips recently and am now hidden amongst other pretty massive boats. Just wanted to say I liked the pics!

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    • Thanks Kyle! I really appreciate your comments.

      In previous months, I had so many comments from people wondering why there were boats still in the water. Primarily we were all curious about whether a boat would get damaged by the ice and whether are there people who live on their boats year round.

      Thanks again for visiting.

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      • People live on these boats. To keep the ice away we use bubblers/agitators, unless it’s a steel hull or some sail boats. The stern and bow on some boats are in a v shape, when the ice comes it lifts the boat about an inch or two upwards. People live at Bluffers year round, there are other marinas in the GTA where this happens as well.

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    • Thanks Nancy for the nod in my direction, but I’m going to decline. I’m not a free style, off-the-cuff kind of writer … every word is painfully measured. I’m afraid that at the end of 10 minutes I might have a half-baked thought.

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  5. “My life lived full” I love that 🙂 I will take my time and will snoop around in your blog, so I will get to know you. Nice to meet you so far. I often saw your picture at M-R’s blog..it’s time to get to know you!

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  6. Your photos, what little of them I’ve seen since this is my first visit, are wonderful but it is the enthusiasm of your About page that makes me want to follow. I’m sure we’d have fun together!

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    • Thanks Laurie! I just visited your blog too and I agree that we would definitely have fun!
      … I’m pretty sure though I would have trouble keeping up with you on your motorcycle 😉

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  7. Hi Joanne, nice to meet you again. I have really enjoyed reading through your blog. Thanks for taking me on great adventures through your pictures. You really capture the moment. I like your sense of humor too. I look forward to seeing more of Your posts for Photo101!

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  8. I love your blog site! Yep, I’m retired too, and “live life on the edge” any chance I can get. right now it’s attempting to put “humor” in my writing. That’s quite a balancing act on the edge.

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    • Thank you so much Michelle (I really hope I got your name right!!).
      As much as I really appreciate being acknowledged, I usually don’t write a response to awards. I love every *like* and comment I get on my blog – it means so much to me. It’s all the award I need! 🙂

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  9. Found you on LadyofTheCakes’ blog. Was intrigued by the name of someone who lived in the GTA and was a InfoSex and Privacy Professional. It has to be true that you and I both were at D+H. I was the Dev Mgr for the mfg apps (aka the APS Guy).

    I am seeing Toronto from a totally different perspective on your blog, the pictures and the narratives are unexpected, because I’ve always seen the GTA from an immigrant perspective and have never explored it as I should have.

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    • I laughed out loud at the InfoSex part!! 🙂
      … but I’m impressed that in the whole www two D+H’ers can find each other accidentally.
      I confess that no bells are going off on the APS Guy. Did we ever work directly together?

      I’m glad you are enjoying the tour of Toronto. I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge. It caused me to start exploring our city – something I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never really done. I now have a long list of places to go 🙂

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      • Sorry about that! My head resonates very weirdly to sounds…

        We’ve been in the some meetings together, but our projects did not intersect. I was the IT guy who drove the automated packaging system for the personal line.

        Dunno if the name Ajesh rings a bell.

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  10. Did you say life off the ledge. I tried that once but I forgot my wings. Fortunately the ledge was only one story high so it wasn’t so bad. Saw you on Miss Menopause and thought I would say hi. As soon as I pull myself back up on that ledge.

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    • Sometimes there is just a faint dotted line between life on the edge and going off the ledge.
      What’s the expression? … take a leap of faith and hope you’ll learn to fly on the way down? No wings required 😉

      Thanks for coming by to visit and stopping to chat. Hope you’ll come back again … you can use the door if you like 🙂

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  11. Hi Joanne
    http://hummingbirddreamsphotography.wordpress.com invited me to be part of a Virtual Blog Tour, which I agreed to and will be posting on Monday, June 30th. It is also my turn to extend an invitation to one or more people who’s work I’d like to introduce my readers/followers to. There are four questions to answer and you can also add your photos to the post.Here is a link to previous VBTs if you want to check it out before giving me an answer.
    http://uniquesochic.com/2014/06/16/virtual-blog-tour-artwork/

    I look forward to hearing from you. If you agree you would post on the following Monday (July 7th)
    Cee

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  12. Goodness! I thank you for visiting my blog and the follow! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to your posts. You always have such a positive outlook on things…thanks again

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  13. What a fun and interesting blog! After your comments about my Papa’s Peach Cobbler, I decided to come visit and see what was going on in your neck of the woods. Quite a bit more than my quiet life! In March, I was forced to retire (my post, When Life Throws You Lemons, Throw ’em Back!). I decided after years of school and work (infrastructure engineer), it was time to shed my too tight skin and grow some more. So in May, I went back to school for Pharmacy. Anyway, I look forward to your posts in the future. I came, I saw, I liked what I saw, I decided to follow your blog. Grins to you! BTW, next time you and your husband are close to the pool in the dusk when it is a bit chilly, push him in. Do that until he realizes the wisdom of getting the heater fixed I know a man in Florida of all places, who has a heated pool because they like to swim in the winter when it is only 70 F and feel a need to be wet and wild.

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  14. Hi Joanne, Thanks for visiting my blog and I appreciate your comments. You are an inspiring person. I like your positive energy. Everyone needs a friend like you!

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  15. I love the idea that you’re taking too much space if you’re not living on the edge! Believe it or not, you’re the second person in a day that I’ve heard that idea from, so I think it’s about time I get on board. I look forward to discovering you through your blog and seeing how you are making this happen in your life!

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    • LOL! Thanks! I like the idea of constantly challenging my comfort zone. For me, I think I’m at my best (whatever that means!) when I’m skipping along the edges of being uncomfortable. I suspect I might be an adrenaline junkie 🙂

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  16. Nice to meet you, Joanne! Margaret Rose Stringer guided me to your blog, I’m so happy she did! 🙂
    I’l be back for more.
    All the best, have a lovely day
    Dina

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  17. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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  18. I have really enjoyed and been inspired by your blog. I would like to nominate you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I hope that you accept. I would really love to read more about you. Check out this link for directions: http://goodgraceiousness.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/sisterhood-of-the-world-award/. Just link to the blog that nominated you, tell us seven things about yourself, and nominate seven other blogs that have inspired you! Thank you for sharing your blog and be blessed! ~ Vida

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  19. Hi Joanne,
    Found your blog on JT Weavers’ site. What caught my eye was your tagline of “If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space” A friend & coach of mine uses that line all of the time! Love it!

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    • Thank you for looking at my blog. I saw this expression on a bumper sticker many, many years ago when I was still a very young mother. It really resonated with me and I’ve tried to follow that thinking ever since. My hiking partner expresses it in a different way – Be Afraid, But Do It Anyway.

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  20. Thank you for following my blog Princess of the Light! I love your blog and that you are following your passion! Go for it! 🙂

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