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

The Trials and Tribulations of Making Wine at Home

Environment
by HLesley
2 years ago
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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
2 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?

Entertainment
by HLesley
2 years ago
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What Was the World's First Published Novel?

The development of the modern novel has a long history, and various countries claim to have created the very first one.

Entertainment
by HLesley
2 years ago
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Race, Class and Honor in Aphra Behn's "Oronooko"

Notorious for her bawdy plays and sexually explicit poetry, Aphra Behn is best known for her short novel Oroonoko, a work that is sometimes regarded as an early abolitionist text and sometimes as a highly racist one.

History
by HLesley
2 years ago
Language, Culture and Politics: The French Language in Canada

Throughout its 500 year history the development of the French language in Canada has involved a tangled web of linguistic, political and social issues.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
The Benefits of Phonics

Teaching reading through phonics can provide a solid foundation for future learning.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
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What is Rooibos Tea and Does It Have Health Benefits?

Rooibos or African red bush tea is a pleasant, caffeine free alternative to black or green tea which may also have some positive health benefits.

Health
by HLesley
2 years ago
Seven Reasons Why the Japanese May Have the World's Healthiest Diet

Discover why so many Japanese live long and healthy lives.

Home & Garden
by HLesley
2 years ago
Eight Unique Houseplants You Can Grow From Supermarket Produce

Some unique plants you can grow from fruit and vegetables you might have in your fridge right now.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
2 years ago
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Ten of the World's Most Amazing and Mystifying Structures

Some unique and amazing feats of architecture around the world that have that "wow" factor.

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