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Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain

Such a huge loss this morning.

Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has hit home for me too. My thoughts go out to his friends & family.

Living with depression is hard. I’ve been living with ugly thoughts since before I knew what depression was. It comes and it goes, isolating blackness that pulls me out of life without my consent. I just want to be happy and I marvel at those who seem to be comfortable in their skin. I’VE been that happy person, at times. And then I’m not again.

Tony’s work exposed me to things I love deeply: cooking, great storytelling, travel, adventure. If I could name a hero to look up to, I’d name Anthony Bourdain.

He’s shown us how sharing a meal can unite the world; crossing differences near and far – it doesn’t matter. People are people, and we are kind. I’ve experienced this myself.

As for me, I’m doing my best to prioritize the things that make me happy. I’m travelling as much as I can. I’m riding the heck out of my mountain bike because it makes me feel like a kid again. I’m learning to fix my bike when I break stuff (too often!). I want to be the best Dad I can be. I’m trying to be mindful that life is GOOD. And I am trying every day to keep the blackness at bay.

The solution is in YOUR hands. Please try to find the things that make you happy and prioritize them. Reach out to your friends & family. They love you and you will feel their love. Begin to love yourself again.

I have huge hugs and love for my family & friends. When I see you I will let you know just how much you mean to me.

Greg

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Van Food: Veggie “Tacos”. VANLIFE 08.

Cee makes tortillas out of hamburger buns and Gee creates taco mix out of leftover Yves taco ground round and veggies. This is #vanfood.

 

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Cee’s Fire Pit Made With Natural Building

Filmed July 19, 2016

I’ve been wanting to build an outdoor grill that could also act as an oven at 2 Dead Birch (our off-grid cabin in Newfoundland). Rather than pizza oven style, I liked the looks of the primitive ovens that use stonework. I watched videos on natural building and primitive ovens and decided to try a combo of the two. The natural clay deposits on the property seem quite gritty so I felt it was the right ratio of sand to clay. It worked great!

It’s been about a month since it was built and it’s apparent to me that my mixture was quite thin and perhaps not enough sand. It’s become quite dusty. I’m simply going to keep layering the clay over time. The layout is quite good, though!

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Overnight Campfire Party

Filmed July 10, 2016

Just a quick little glimpse at our night out around the bay just off the East Coast Trail for a friend’s birthday. We were meant to go whale watching earlier but the boat was out of commission so a few of us just gathered for a campfire scoff & chat.

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