Category Archives: Life

Aaron Williams: “It’s pretty hard to pry yourself away from [a forest fire]”



Aaron Williams remembers the first forest fire that left him awestruck. The author of Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir, Williams has spent ten seasons fighting blazes across the vast forests of Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Idaho — a run that puts him well beyond most firefighters who spend two or three seasons in the … Continue reading Aaron Williams: “It’s pretty hard to pry yourself away from [a forest fire]”


Marissa Korda: “Loneliness is human and that’s okay”



Marissa Korda has spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be lonely. The creator of The Loneliness Project — billed as “a digital space to cultivate compassion” — Korda has received over a thousand stories from around the world about the experience of loneliness. It all started as a passion project … Continue reading Marissa Korda: “Loneliness is human and that’s okay”


One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”



What would you do if you found out you had a year left to live? Since September of 2017, Chris Betancourt has been facing that question in earnest. The Carmichael, California-based 20-year-old had just started his first year of college, intent on becoming a police officer, when he got the news: His cancer — chronic … Continue reading One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”


Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”



Few have captured the experience of life on the road as Chris Urquhart has — not the family vacation kind, but the dumpster-diving, punk house-squatting kind. At age 22, Urquhart, the author of Dirty Kids: Chasing Freedom with America’s Nomads, set out to follow young, often homeless, teen and twenty-something travellers across the United States. … Continue reading Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”


Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”



Few stories are as timeless as a man and his dog. For Mikael Lindnord and his mongrel, Arthur, the story is one for the ages. Few could have predicted the circumstances that would bring them together: a chance encounter during the 2014 Adventure Racing World Championship in the mountainous jungles of Ecuador. An extreme endurance … Continue reading Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”


Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”



Mention the name Eric Drozd in Waterloo Region, and you’re bound to get a reaction. For close to three years, the Mississauga native hosted the Region’s biggest talk radio show on 570 News, drawing callers from across Southwestern Ontario. At 28 years old, Drozd stepped into the host’s chair and carved a lane as a … Continue reading Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”


Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”



Few and far between are those who can lay claim to visiting every country on the planet. Even rarer are the likes who can swap travel stories with Mike Spencer Bown. Having backpacked nonstop since 1990, the Ottawa-born, Calgary-raised Bown has hitchhiked through warzone Iraq and Afghanistan, explored the underground party scenes of Iran and … Continue reading Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”


Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”



Ask Joe Roberts about the worst part of homelessness, and he’ll tell you it’s not the cold or the rain. It’s the isolation. “You’re seeing a world going on around you, but you’re not actually part of that world,” he says. “[You feel] invisible as you’re sitting on the sidewalk and people are walking by, … Continue reading Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”


Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”



Sean Stephenson has made a career out of making lemonade. When the Chicago native was born, doctors predicted he would not survive more than 24 hours because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. “My bones are more fragile than most people, and because of that […] sneezing could break ribs, or putting on a … Continue reading Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”


Searching for Sero: “You can’t buy happiness; you need to go find it”



Home for John Rathwell and Tracy Guenard is a pretty small space these days: since May of 2016, the Gatineau, Quebec couple has been crisscrossing Canada and the United States in a newly-polished 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia, meeting people and sharing their stories of pursuing happiness. “It’s a beautiful van,” says Guenard. “It’s small — 15 … Continue reading Searching for Sero: “You can’t buy happiness; you need to go find it”