About Moira Gardener
“I write because I’m compelled to, it’s a passion. My first recollection of writing is when I was five years old and used the back of a party napkin.”
Moira Gardener's background is eclectic — dentistry, geriatrics, administration and writing. When asked what she writes, she says, “I love it all. It’s whatever strikes me in the moment.”
Growing up as a Canadian in Calgary, Alberta, Moira still loves prairie farms and anything Western. She moved to Canada's Pacific West Coast in 1981 with her husband and enjoys being in one of the most beautiful spots in Canada — Vancouver Island.
Moira published her first article in a local parenting magazine in 1996 – just to see if she could. To date she has done a short stint as a sports columnist, some technical writing for the local health authority, and more recently short human interest pieces in Seaside Times, Senior's Living and the e-zine speakwell.com.
Her training pertaining to writing includes a Diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature, a Web Content Diploma, writing courses at the University of Victoria, numerous workshops and seminars, and simply spending time at the craft.
You can view her short blog posts at Moira- In the Moment
As the world turns digital it leaves many small cinemas’ going the way of the Dodo bird; but in this race to stay current and keep the experience of movie going as a community event there is one rising star.
It was early morning and still dark. The wind was at gale force and howling. She was testy today and grabbed the power lines wrapping them around a tree at the head of the driveway.
Many have seen the articles in the Canadian press regarding Vincent Gabriel Kirouac. He is our Canadian Knight errant traveling across the vast expanse of Canada in his knightly garb riding his gentle steed Coeur-de-Lion (Lionheart).
In the first article we looked at Julie Carter’s work training stock dogs at Meadow Oak farm. We discovered that successful stock training is about relationship and co-operation. It is the partnership between dog and trainer that makes for … Read more →
From our ringside seats at the Deep Cove Market on the Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia, Canada we watch these amazing border collies do what they were born to do: work. It is a wonderful dance between the sheep and the dogs as choreographed … Read more →
Valentine’s Day, as corny as it may sound, is my wedding anniversary. I figured with all the hearts and cupids around at that time of year my husband was bound to remember it. Sorry to disappoint all you romantics out there this was not a … Read more →
Sometimes it takes a newcomer to the Island to remind us how awesome our community really is. When we live here long enough our island paradise can be taken for granted and we can all too easily forget the Oooh Ahhh factor. You know, like when we … Read more →
True love is neither a fairy tale romance nor a block buster chick flick. Moira Gardener reflects on what happens when prince charming dismounts his steed and shares with us everything she has learned about love.
An inspiring portrait of nature, from a West Coast forest dweller.
Yoga is for achieving a state of calm serenity, right? As Moira Gardener discovers when she takes a course in laughter yoga, it’s also for achieving a state of giggles and deep belly laughs.
A Life As A Human Interview: We believe that every product has a story, and that this story should be told. Global Mothers works with NGOs in the Global South, helping artisans design and make fair trade products for women and children in North America. We are committed to sharing the stories of our artisans with our customers, and vice versa. Help artisans in the Global South care for their families and communities by choosing to Buy Good.
A Life As A Human Interview: Chelsea and her partner Owiny Morris met a group of street children in Lira, Uganda in 2011 and felt compelled to help them. When they found that there was no government social network to help them they turned to each other and asked a simple question, “Why not us?”
A Life As A Human Interview: Long time traveller turned photographer and philanthropist, Kane Ryan has lived in Mumbai, India for the past 4 years. Working primarily in the Saki Naka slum community building a school, women’s centre and providing healthcare for the community. Over the last 4 years his small non profit has helped Janvi trust and the community turn the Saki Naka slum into one of the cleanest in the city.
Life As A Human
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September 2011 ... day unknown because I should have written this then, but didn't because, well ... read on.... We had some friends over last night. … Read More...
An old friend of mine Jim D. sent me a link to this video and ... well ... I just HAD to share it with you! "Don't try to fix it. I just need you to … Read More...
The proclamation that her first grandchild was getting married has reduced my mom to spasmodic fits of exultation. “It is so wonderful,” she … Read More...
Yesterday my teenage daughters asked me for more shampoo and conditioner, and I said I’d pick some up at the grocery since I was on my way … Read More...
“Was I drunk?” I ask. A woman wearing a cowl which is keeping her face in permanent shadow stands ramrod straight at the door; the only movement … Read More...
Thursday, October 11, marks the first International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations … Read More...
The Popculturist takes a nostalgic look at a classic children’s fantasy novel, The Neverending … Read More...
In a long room spreading through the front window, she dreamed of writing, and the only books … Read More...
May 10, 2010 On June 27 at Alton Baker Park, get ready to light out, vamoose, skedaddle, make … Read More...
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