VICKI'S NOTEBOOK Archives - Vicki McLeod
March 2, 2021

The Sea and Me: Wild Swimming

Why do I swim in the wild, in the Salish Sea, in winter?There is a purity in immersing my body into the sea, freeing my mind from anything beyond the absolute connection with my skin, the salt, and the cold that brings me fully into the present moment. That moment contains sky and sea, and the wonder of my being able to do the hard thing.
December 30, 2020

Three Powerful Techniques for Creating a Year You’ll Love

Creating a visual representation of your goals and dreams is a powerful technique to support purposeful action.
May 14, 2020

10 Ways to Cope Compassionately with COVID-19

A recent blog post by Dr. Chris Germer, of the Center for Mindful Self Compassion, is both reassuring and uplifting in the face of the uncertainty posed by the the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 31, 2020

Sharing the Sourdough Love

Back in January, pre-pandemic, my dear friend Fred Armstrong traveled across the Salish Sea to visit us for  a weekend.  Along with his sister Terry, and bountiful good humour, he brought me some sourdough starter.
March 13, 2020

Shared Emotions Online, How The Internet Broke Me

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “I broke the internet,” as crowed by those whose posts go viral. Recently, I had the reverse experience. The internet broke me.
December 23, 2017

In Search of the Big Aha: 14 Questions for a Mindful New Year

Love New Years?
October 25, 2017

A line in the digital space

My family recently experienced a loss. I received the call while I was at my laptop, noodling over topics to write about.
September 25, 2017

Bonded by love and experience, we are connected

As I write this, I am in Northern Germany. I am staying with friends in Brunsbuettel, at the mouth of the Elbe River, near the North Sea.
August 7, 2017

The Suitcase Man

A morning story, in which the nature of purpose and determination  is explored, while essayists and poets stick their noses in. We discover what may or may not belong in a suitcase.