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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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Entertainment
by HLesley
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 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
4 years ago
The Benefits of Phonics

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

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago
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.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
4 years ago
Five Important Travel Safety Tips

While there are many horror stories about the dangers of travel, you can stay safe by combining common sense with a reasonable amount of caution.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Five Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

You might be surprised to learn that drinking beer in moderation could actually be good for you.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
4 years ago
Kauai, Hawaii: Beaches, Scenic Beauty - and Chickens

In spite of its small size, Kauai has a surprising number of things to do and see.

Environment
by HLesley
4 years ago
What Happened to the Aral Sea?

Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has almost entirely disappeared.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Pidgins and Creoles: How New Languages are Born

We humans have an inborn need to use language to communicate, and throughout history we have always found creative ways to interact.

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
How the Rosetta Stone Unlocked the Secrets of Ancient Egypt

How a piece of broken stone from the rubble of an old fort became a vital key to reading Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Half of the World's Languages in Danger of Extinction

Why are languages disappearing, and why should we be concerned?

History
by HLesley
4 years ago
The Silbury Hill Mystery

Although less well known than its sister monument, Stonehenge, Silbury Hill is one of the most mysterious ancient monuments in southern England.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
4 years ago
Life as an Online Tutor

How can you become an online teacher, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of teaching online?

Sports
by HLesley
4 years ago
What on Earth is Pickleball?

All the information you will ever need about the fastest growing sport in North America.

Health
by HLesley
4 years ago
Why is Childood Obesity a Worldwide Problem?

A look at a variety of factors which contribute to the modern epidemic of childhood obesity

Pets & Animals
by HLesley
4 years ago
What is Dog Agility?

An explanation of the sport of dog agility, its history and its benefits for dogs and their owners

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