Into the Cave — Story of Survival

13308239_10208808128976951_7681231134398262565_oYesterday, I had a sports feature come out in the Vancouver Sun. Much to my delight, it was on the front cover of the paper and the sports section, too. It’s two things I can check off my writing Bucket List.

The story is about two cavers who got trapped in Cascade Cave last December on Vancouver Island.

When down in the cave, a storm surged outside, unbeknownst to the guys. The cave began filling with rain and one of them got caught in fast-moving water.

In the end, they were trapped for 14 hours down there because the only way out was full to the roof with water. Rescuers weren’t able to reach them either.

It’s a harrowing story of survival and my worst nightmare.

Earlier this month, the cavers went back to the cave to retrieve equipment they had to leave behind and slay their demons. I joined them for part of it and interviewed them down in the cave. As a writer/producer, it was a powerful experience for me, too.

Beyond the print story, I also had an assignment for an accompanying digital piece, which was nested in the online version of my story.

Below is the video, which tells part of their story. It has incredible footage of some of the drama down there.

Fair warning: parts of the video can be hard to watch.

Click here to read the story in the Vancouver Sun.

Emotional Correctness

A quick five minute TED talk about something really important this political season: how to be emotional correct when dealing with people who have different views.

Kohn’s message is powerful and we could all learn something from her unique perspective.

“Our challenge is to find the compassion for others that we want them to have for us. That is emotional correctness.”

The Greatest Pleasure

CoverShould you be writing? If you’re wishing or wondering or languishing in the lack words you’re getting down on the page, read this quick excerpt: The Greatest Pleasure by Natalie Goldberg (from her book The True Secret of Writing). Like Natalie does, it cuts right to the bone.

The True Secret of Writing Excerpt

 

 

 

 

 

Brave Enough

Cheryl Strayed has a new book out and Oprah loves it, so much so that she invited Cheryl back to sit down and chat about some of my favorite things. Writing, vulnerability, taking risk, and retelling our stories.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the episode in its entirety below.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 9.01.23 AMSome of my favorite bites:

“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”

About writing and vulnerability: “If you take that risk, if you take the chance, if you tell the truest, hardest, deepest story you have within you, you’re not going to step into the light and find that you’re there alone. You’re going to be surrounded by people there with you saying ‘me, too.'”

About getting through tough times: “You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up from the months. And then one day you find yourself, alone on a bench in the sun. And you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you’re okay.”

 

Cheryl Strayed (Full Episode)

The Important Places

This short film was featured at the end of Super Soul Sunday last weekend. It’s INCREDIBLE! Grounded in a poem a father wrote his adult son when he was just a baby, it takes you on a journey down the Colorado River and into the depths of your heart.

Well worth the ten minutes! I promise!