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HLesley
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Originally from the UK, I emigrated to Vancouver, B.C. in the late sixties.  At the time Vancouver was a small  but beautiful city on the edge of the Pacific rainforest with a multicultural population and an aura of excitement. In fact, it was just beginning to develop into the world-class city it has now become. I fell in love with both the city and my future husband, and decided to make Vancouver home.
At the age of 50, after raising my family, I completed a BA in English and Linguistics and began a new career teaching English as a second language. I have retired from classroom teaching, but still teach on line via Skype. I also write on-line articles on a variety of topics which reflect my love of travel, language, literature, history, health and the environment.

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Environment
by HLesley
1 month ago
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Yes, Virginia, Global warming is real. How Three Countries Are Responding to the Threat.

Global warming is changing the earth's weather systems. What options are there and how are three specific countries responding to the challenge?

History
by HLesley
3 months ago
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Where Did the English Language Come From?

Used around the world for scientific and business communication, Modern English is a fairly new language, only about 400 years old.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 months ago
7 shares
The Food of the Gods: What Were Nectar and Ambrosia?

The Greek gods were immortal because they ate ambrosia and drank nectar, served to them by Hebe the goddess of youth. But what exactly were these magic substances?

Lifestyle
by HLesley
5 months ago
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Family Naming Customs Around the World

When I worked in an international language school, I found out that there is a wide variety of naming customs in different countries, especially where surnames or family names are concerned.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
5 months ago
101 shares
Clam Digging on the Pacific Coast

There is nothing more delicious than fresh seafood, and a fun way to obtain the very freshest seafood is by going to the beach and digging your own clams.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
5 months ago
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The Strange Case of Point Roberts, WA and Why It Is Separated from the Rest of the U.S.

How did the peninsula of Point Roberts, Washington, 22 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. become an isolated section of American soil cut off from the rest of the U.S. by an international border?

Travel & Places
by HLesley
5 months ago
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Japan: Nature Calls

For women, a rarely discussed but vitally important aspect of international travel is answering the call of nature. This can offer fascinating cultural insights around the world, particularly in Japan.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
6 months ago
Burns Night: How the World Celebrates Scottish National Poet Robert Burns

January 25 is Robert Burns Day. This is when Scots and Scottish wannabees in Scotland and around the world joyfully celebrate Scotland's most famous poet.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
7 months ago
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Canadian Camping Adventures

Some pearls of information I have learned from our Canadian family camping trips.

History
by HLesley
8 months ago
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Remembering Sacrifice: Wilfred Owen and the Poetry of World War One

Remembrance Day originated in the outpouring of grief at the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars". That grief is also reflected in the work of the World War One poets, the greatest of which is Wilfred Owen.

Entertainment
by HLesley
8 months ago
Poor Man's Archery: Fun with Darts

Sometimes referred to as "poor man's archery", darts is a British working-class pub game with origins that are lost in the mists of time.

History
by HLesley
9 months ago
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The Columbus Hoax: Who Really Discovered America?

Columbus was not the first European to travel to North America. He may also have been preceded by travelers not only from Europe but also from other parts of the world.

Entertainment
by HLesley
9 months ago
The Irreverent Musical Reverence of "The Book of Mormon"

This satirical musical from the creators of South Park deals with unlikely topics from the history of an evangelical religious movement to female genital mutilation.

History
by HLesley
10 months ago
Mata Hari: Double Agent or Dupe?

Mata Hari's life was considered scandalously shocking in her day and is now the stuff of legend. She may be the archetype of the sexy female spy, but things are not always what they seem.

History
by HLesley
11 months ago
22 shares
What is the EU and Why Brexit? A Historical Perspective

Throughout history Europe was torn apart by war, but some, including Winston Churchill, dreamed that it need not always be so.

Technology
by HLesley
12 months ago
9 shares
Geothermal Power in Iceland and Japan: A Study in Contrasts

At first glance it might be difficult to find two countries more different than Iceland and Japan. However, both countries have several things in common, including rich resources of geothermal power.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 year ago
116 shares
Vancouver, Canada: A City For All Seasons

Vancouver, B.C is often referred to "Canada's banana belt" or "Lotus Land" because of its mild climate, and visitors come year-round to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 year ago
21 shares
From Bobbies to Beefeaters: Meet Eight Iconic Londoners

Let me introduce you to some individuals who are an integral part of London's rich history and tradition.

Pets & Animals
by HLesley
1 year ago
Six Things You Probably Did Not Know About American Robins

Learn more about one of North America's most common birds.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 year ago
12 shares
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