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Globe and Mail: Sacred Waters

"To truly understand the wonders of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, follow the river that shaped its history" My first journey to Cambodia had some twists and turns. My mission to follow the sacred rivers of Angkor from their source to their mouth became this feature story for the Globe and Mail.

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Cottage Life: Beyond the Honeybee

Scientists, farmers, and beekeepers are paying attention. Now that the world's most infamous insecticides are turning up in lakes, you should too.

Where I’m from, where I’m going

I have a new assignment in 2015 as the Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic. As I get ready to head north later this spring, I've written an introduction to me, to the project and to my hopes and dreams for the year.

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Where are the Women?

Click through to watch Leanne Allison's three minute video from the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival about women and adventure. And about looking around the room . . .

New Beginnings and Fewer Grey Hairs

Here's a short list of things that delighted, surprised and scared me the first month of life as a Field Correspondent. Read on . . .

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Toronto Star recommends Paddlenorth

Paddlenorth is in good company with books by Dave Olesen, Michael Winter, Andrew Peacock and Barry Blanchard on this list for the "cosy explorer" by the Toronto Star.

New Assignment for 2015!

I am thrilled to tell you that this week I became the first Global Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic. Read on . . .

How to Love the Authors You Love

I'm used to life on the road, but not like this. I'm traveling, not as a wandering naturalist with wild hair and binoculars around my neck, but as an author. I'm happy to report that there are three very simple things you can do to make a difference for the authors you love, and they really make a difference. I list them in this post.

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Globe and Mail recommends Paddlenorth

The Saturday Travel section of the Globe and Mail this week was devoted to travel books. The books editor got together with the travel editor and created a list of the best books to kickstart your wanderlust. Paddlenorth was chosen.

Paddle North: Adventure resilience and renewal in the arctic wild

Paddlenorth ships out this week!

My first book, Paddlenorth, shipped from the printer late last week, which means it is on its way to stores across Canada, and it will be in the U.S. a bit later in the fall. The official publication date is September 13, 2014.

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The Tip Jar: Lessons from the Writing Trade

As the publication date for my first book, Paddlenorth, approaches, people are starting to ask me what I've learned thus far in this writing business. So I've compiled a list of the top five tips I've gleaned from others that have really stuck with me. Click through to read them.

Greystone Books: Paddlenorth in 2014

My book, "Paddlenorth: A Journey into the Heart of the Tundra," will be published by Greystone Books in the fall of this year. It is the story of my 54-day canoe trip on Nunavut's Back River back in 2005.

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up here: The Hungriest Holiday

"During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of survival." This is the story of George Back's first Christmas as commander of an Arctic expedition. Appointed by the British Admiralty, he was tasked with finding the Thlew-ee-choh, now called the Back River, and following it to the Arctic coast.

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Cottage Life: Birds Nests

This story is on newsstands this month and explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Want to know who uses caterpillar cocoons in their nests? Read on . . .

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Cottage Life: How the Nest was Done

When our cottage neighbours decide to build something new, we usually know about it, but we may not be aware of the avian real estate development that happens every spring. This story explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Want to know who uses caterpillar cocoons?

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