O’Malley’s Musings

No need to let loneliness take root in Lynn Valley

January 27, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It’s no secret that social isolation is a huge problem in Metro Vancouver, especially since the Vancouver Foundation published its June 2012 “Connections and Engagement” report quantifying the extent of the issue. And although Vancouver has a reputation for being…

Community building: A New Year’s Resolution for all?

December 31, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, adopt them or not, thoughts of new year’s resolutions are on most people’s minds each year when the calendar reaches its final days. As we know, most well-intended resolutions die a quick death in the…

Rice Lake rink a rare treat!

February 9, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Even those of us who have lived in Lynn Valley most of our lives don’t have many “back in the good ol’ days” stories about skating on local waterholes. The small ‘swamp’ off of McNair Drive in Mountain View Park…

Enter the “Love in Lynn Valley” contest

February 6, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Win a romantic evening for two! Celebrate a fun Valentine’s night on the town, close to hearth and home! Start by enjoying a $50 dinner for two at the Black Bear Pub (they’ve promised their most romantic candlelit table!), then…

Harvest sunflower seeds in days to come

September 17, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It’s been fantastic travelling around Lynn Valley and seeing more and more sunflower patches out in full bloom. Perhaps they are showing up more now, thanks to the backdrop of our recent grey weather! Some of our own flowers are…

Project Sunflower foot-lings can use boron boost

June 24, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley: Well, I’m very glad I planted my Project Sunflower seeds out in mid-May, because ever since then – between Lynn Valley Days and end-of-term festivities and grad and visitors – there has certainly been…

#2: Oh, hail! Here comes the rain

May 14, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley… This was going to be a celebratory post about the fact that my sunflower seeds poked their heads above the soil last Saturday, a scant week after I detailed their planting in this post….

Project Sunflower Diary #1: Lynn O’Malley sows her seeds

May 5, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley, voice of the valley: For the past two months, the LynnValleyLife team has been planning and promoting its scheme to blanket Lynn Valley in summertime sunflowers. We’ve talked sunflowers, mailed sunflowers, photo’d sunflowers and…

Almost-spring days give cause for celebration

March 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From Lynn O’Malley’s typewriter: These first sunny days of almost-spring make me realize how cabin-fevered I had become! There are still a few weeks ’til spring officially kicks in, and an even longer haul ’til we get some reliable, lasting…

Anxious nighttime search something to remember

December 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It was a wet, slushy night and our band gig down at the Lynn Valley Village Christmas Tree Walk had been cancelled. I was looking forward to a night in front of the fire, but life, of course, had other…

How did your Lynn Valley garden grow?

September 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley:  Nature is all swings and roundabouts, isn’t it? Just when one is ready to despair over the constant mildewing of the zucchini leaves, a bumper crop of sweet peas gives one cause to celebrate….

Best ice cream cake recipe ever

August 4, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the kitchen of Lynn O’Malley – Summer is a time of great intentions; we want to hike the wilderness, build a backyard deck or tree fort, host a marvellous B.C. Day party, teach our children the Latin names of…

Want a new book (or CD, or DVD)? Just ask!

May 3, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: I’d seen the invitation so often, I’d long ago stopped seeing it. You know the one – the “Suggest a Purchase” button on the North Van Library website. Usually, I’m happy to have any excuse to purchase…

LynnValleyLife: your resource for 100th Lynn Valley Day!

February 6, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

LIFE WITH LYNN O’MALLEY: Have I ever missed a Lynn Valley Day? Well, perhaps for a year or two in my turbulent twenties. Otherwise, I’ve been there every year – dancing the may pole, playing in the band, marching in…

Theatre lives on in local memories

January 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Musings from Lynn O’Malley: It’s always seemed to me that a little movie house would do well in Lynn Valley; something that would bring in the kind of interesting flicks you usually have to travel over to the 5th Avenue…

Thank you, Lynn Valley, for 500 new friends

January 13, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Glad tidings from Lynn O’Malley: When Jim Lanctot first assembled some like-minded souls to talk about creating this community website, our goals were both grand and humble. Yes, we hoped to reach a lot of people and be of great…

Our List of One-Mile Resolutions

December 30, 2011

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Coming to You From Lynn O’Malley: Even those people who staunchly refuse to make New Year’s Resolutions must, like the rest of us, look forward to the new year and see all the potential it offers. Whether it is waistlines…

A Christmas wish list for our community

December 25, 2011

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

CHRISTMAS TIDINGS FROM VALLEY FOLK: If you’re like many of us heading towards, or comfortably settled into, middle age, Christmas has ceased being a time at which we wonder anxiously what Santa will bring us. When it comes to more…

Of leafy strolls and candy bowls…

October 24, 2011

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

I’ve always loved maples, and have long been somewhat envious of those New Englanders surrounded by their infamous fall colours. But it struck me today that autumn in Lynn Valley must surely be giving New Hampshire a run for its…

“Yes sir, yes sir, two bags full….”

October 21, 2011

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

But it wasn’t wool I was bringing home from the market, it was two bags of books from the library book sale, which runs until Sunday afternoon. Oh, those orphaned tomes are hard to resist, aren’t they? Even though I…