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Dena Zavier

Denise L Norman

Adventure On Two Wheels Columnist and Freelance Writer Dena Zavier loves to experience all that is new.  New adventures, travel, food, music and more.  

Adenture on Two Wheels was her first column for What's Up Yukon.  Week after week exploring all things bicycle and then eventually all things motorcycle.  Please Note: Denise previously used the last name Norman during that time period.

Dena is a Whitehorse based freelance writer.


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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Denise L. Norman

It started many years ago. My guy saw it in a movie — a fleeting scene. It was a manly glass, big, and heavy; it said, “I take my scotch seriously.” The movie, Blade Runner, came out in 1982. more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTOS: Rick Massie

Ogilvie General Contracting is a small company; Graydon Keenan is it. And he and his long time friend Jona Barr took his first big project together. It wasn’t just any job. This was for their friend Elijah Stick’s mom, Jan. more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: François Pigeon

When Hélène met François, she’d been dreaming of a long-distance bicycle trip for years. I think the fact that François was an experienced cyclist just maybe added to the attraction. Within 18 months, they had sold almost everything they owned, ... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-12-21

You may know Irish Canadian author Emma Donoghue by the fame she has gained from her 2010 novel Room, and its film adaptation. I must admit, I have neither watched the film, nor read the book. However, when it came to reading Donoghue’s ninth... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of Wanderers Inn

You can’t beat the price: $35 for a bed, $80-$95 for the private couple/family room or $25 for a place to pitch your tent, including free internet and parking, access to all the facilities, kitchen, shower, piano, and guitars. more

Jan 28, 2016 12:00 AM Haines Junction

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Kim Beggs

“It will be a special week in a very special place. Lots of one-on-one time with mentors and lots of cowriting,” says singersongwriter Kim Beggs. That special place is Fort Selkirk, on the Yukon River, about half way between Whitehorse and Dawson... more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: courtesy of Christina Mavinic

This will be Christina Mavinic’s fifth trip to Haiti as a volunteer. Her first trip was in 2010 just after the major earthquake. By the end of the fourth trip the country was under her skin. “People are amazing and resilient. more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Denise L. Norman

The Canada Games Centre, near the top of Two Mile Hill, opens every weekday morning at 5:30 a.m. I did not get there until 7:00 a.m. and that was an effort. As I walked in, I kept passing people on their way out. more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Denise L. Norman

It started many years ago. My guy saw it in a movie — a fleeting scene. It was a manly glass, big, and heavy; it said, “I take my scotch seriously.” The movie, Blade Runner, came out in 1982. more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTOS: Rick Massie

Ogilvie General Contracting is a small company; Graydon Keenan is it. And he and his long time friend Jona Barr took his first big project together. It wasn’t just any job. This was for their friend Elijah Stick’s mom, Jan. more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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PHOTOS: Denise Norman

The place is busy and noisy. Paul and Jeannine Baker look more like construction workers than artists. Jeannine is sweeping drywall debris in the kitchen/workshop space, and Paul is cutting trim at the chop saw. more

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

Coffe & Conversation

Denise L Norman

It’s a sight you don’t expect to see: on most weekends and occasional weekday evenings, a lone woman with long blonde hair and a very strange looking backpack can be found walking the streets of downtown Whitehorse. more

Dec 24, 2014 4:15 PM Yukon Lifestyle

Winterize the camper, stash the emergency parkas and boots, pack all the necessary clothing for three seasons (fall, winter, and spring), get coffee to go, and we are off. When you work in the construction industry like my guy does, you don’t always more

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

Last year, when sponsored by her employer, the Jarvis Street Saloon, she was crowned 2013's First Princess and Miss Congeniality in the Rendezvous Queen pageant. She loved the role, and is now apprenticing to take on the role of Queen "Auntie," who a more

Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

Dwayne and Nellie Backstrom might never be listed in the pages of The Colourful Five Percent; I don't think they would care to be. But 2014's Sourdough Rendezvous' Mr. And Mrs. Yukon have a more

Feb 13, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon History

Helene Belanger lets out her "inner Christmas Child" by creating Les Belle Choses (the beautiful things). Her booth, which you will find at Fireweed Community Market's 12 Days of Christmas Market, is a veritable bower of Christmas greenery and décor. more

Nov 28, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Archives

The first year I ran in The Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, I was one of a group of women who were all pretty much new to running. In fact, we had only started running the previous April. We met during a beginners running clinic set u more

Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM Alaska

These are some of the lyrics from the title track of Diyet's new album, When You Were King, released this summer. They speak to the need for all of us to connect with the person we were meant to be, and to make a difference in our own lives and in th more

Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Music

British Columbia teen Saskia Vaisey writes in her blog, "A human connection is the most powerful way to affect people." She is one of four young people finding their way to the Yukon to do just that. Vaisey, along with Gavin Rea (California), Jessic more

Aug 8, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

You know the ones I mean — bikes loaded down, their grimaced, sweating faces telling me how tough they are, and intimidating me into thinking, "I can't imagine I could ever do that." Those guys have nothing on my new heroes, the Skarstedt/Roberts/St more

Jul 11, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

How do you go to the bathroom in a canoe with eight other people in it, without stopping the boat? And I am not talking number one here. It is a question that must be contemplated by every paddler in the Yukon River Quest enroute from Whitehorse to more

Jun 27, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

Women in high altitude mountaineering are in the minority. Packing your own weight or more in gear for three or four weeks, up a mountain in the snow and cold, and getting sick with altitude is not everyone's preferred vacation. more

Jun 6, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Active