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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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Health
by HLesley
4 years ago
Why You Should Eat Your Porridge: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

When it comes to super-foods, porridge has to be one of the best for managing cholesterol and heart health. Find out what other foods offer the same benefits.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
Surprising Life Choices for Women in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages women's life choices were limited by both gender and social status. But in spite of these limitations they had a surprisingly wide range of careers.

Home & Garden
by HLesley
4 years ago
Adventures in Wallpapering: A Do It Yourself Guide

Learn some interior decorating tips by sharing my wallpapering experiences.

Entertainment
by HLesley
4 years ago
Enid Blyton: Britain's Batty but Ever Popular Children's Writer

At her productive height, British children's writer Enid Blyton pounded out an estimated 10,000 words a day. Her books have always been popular with children but are often criticized by adults.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
The Gobeckli Tepe Mystery

The discovery of a complex of stone circles in south eastern Turkey which are thousands of years older than the Egyptian pyramids raises many puzzling questions about the dawn of civilization.

Technology
by HLesley
4 years ago
Earthquake Prediction: Folklore and Science

Earthquakes happen suddenly and without warning, and can create horrendous devastation. No wonder, then, that people throughout the ages have looked for warning signs, or precursors, that might alert them to impending disaster.

Entertainment
by HLesley
4 years ago
13 of the Best Movies Ever Made From Children's Books

Once in a rare while, when a movie is made from a children's book the quality of the original book and the production values of the movie come together in a perfect magical recipe.

Entertainment
by HLesley
4 years ago
Movie Review: Max (2015)

Inspired by a true story, Max both is the story of a traumatized military service dog and the family that adopts him and an adventure movie for young audiences.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Peace, Order and Good Government: Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Founded in 1867 on the principles of peace, order, and good government, Canada is a Westminster style parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
4 years ago
Things to Do In St. George, Utah

St. George in southern Utah is a sunny winter vacation destination waiting to be discovered.

Pets & Animals
by HLesley
4 years ago
Orcas: The Fascinating and Mysterious World of the Killer Whale

Considered one of the world's most intelligent species, these stunning black and white sea mammals were regarded as sacred by the ancient Nazca, and according to Pacific Northwest mythology they were wolves who became whales to sing the history of the Earth.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
Poverty, Chastity and Obedience: The Life of Medieval Monks and Nuns

When Medieval monks and nuns retired from the world, they dedicated themselves to a life of incessant prayer, constant discipline, and Spartan simplicity. There were many reasons to take monastic vows, and these were not always spiritual.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
Swift and Secret Writing: The Rise and Fall of Shorthand Writing Systems

Shorthand has been used since Roman times to write secret messages and to produce accurate transcripts of the spoken word.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
Lest We Forget: How Londoners Sheltered in the Underground During World War Two

How Londoners gained shelter from the nightly bombings the city experienced during Hitler's Blitz.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
4 years ago
Plane Travel: Five Top Tips to Enjoy a Comfortable Flight

Many years ago when I first traveled by plane, flying was a luxurious experience. Passengers relaxed in comfortable seats and were plied with food and drink by obliging cabin attendants.

But that was in another era. Nowadays plane seats have shrunk in size...

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Five Benefits of Learning a Second Language

According to experts, learning a foreign language provides many more benefits than you might think.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Five Sinful Chocolate Desserts From Around the World

A quick tour around the world in search of the most decadent chocolate dessert

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Home Made Wine: Adventures with Dandelions, Fruit and Yeast

The Trials and Tribulations of Making Wine at Home

Environment
by HLesley
4 years ago
Can We Save the World's Coral Reefs?

Coral reefs have been called the "rainforests of the sea." Like the Brazilian rainforest, coral reefs are complex but delicate ecosystems which are threatened by human activity.

Environment
by HLesley
4 years ago
Why Are the Bees Dying? And What Can We Do?

If bees disappear our food supply goes with them. Is it too late to save the bees?

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