When squirrels excitedly flick their tails they make a clicking sound. Almost like each little vertebrae is clapping. Black squirrels are much more agile than grey ones. The black ones climb up the pole to my bird feeder with ease and then can reach the seeds at any angle or…


In the span of five minutes I saw three species of woodpeckers. Downy. Northern Flicker. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The male American Robin (and yes, it is a male, his bright orange belly tells me this) has been belting his tune full force for weeks. I suspect that he was the owner…


In the late 90’s Conrad Black was buying up all of the small town newspapers in Canada at the same time that he began his own National one. In my small town full of interesting people living in large houses, the people protested. Their way of doing so was by…


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I have been thinking a lot lately about the middle part of things. That juicy middle bit. The place between forming an idea for something and the final result of the creation/moving forward of said idea. The middle part where everything actually happens. Sometimes the boring place. …


The pace here in Puerto Escondido is much different than that of Toronto. Sure, we are not working at our regular jobs but it is more than that. Everything moves slower here and I am really enjoying it but it has taken some time to get to that point.

This…


I have been thinking a lot about acceptance lately. Especially acceptance of the self. Acceptance of your body. The vessel that you have been given. …


Have you ever not succeeded at something in life because you let fear get in the way? I am going to guess the answer is yes. And that it is yes for nearly every human.

Fear is a funny thing. It’s like our constant companion whispering in our ear.

I…


So why Puerto Escondido. Why have we chosen to come here and live here for a month. In the past when we have spent weeks in Mexico, we have traveled around a lot. One trip has us in Querétaro, Guadalajara, Tequila, Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta. Our last big one took…


And here we are in Puerto Escondido, only one day late. We arrived last night just as the sun was dipping over the horizon. Me overdressed in my Oxfords with socks and jeans. Wearing these things in an attempt to make my luggage as light as possible. …


For the past couple of months, I have been collecting things for our extended trip to Mexico. To say that I am excited for this adventure is a gross understatement. I cannot wait to wake up in our apartment beside the ocean. I cannot wait to fill our days and…

Jessica Blaine Smith

Photographer. Creator. Home is Toronto, Canada. Pilates and poutine. It’s all about balance.

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