Welcome to “All Things Leisure”. I am a professor teaching and researching about recreation and leisure. For the past 20 years (yikes…hard to believe it’s been that long), I have been thinking about, learning about, and most recently, teaching about what leisure is, how it relates to various aspects of life (e.g., personal development, family life, work), and what roles it plays in the lives of various individuals (children and youth, women, families, and individuals with illness in particular). I’m looking forward to sharing ideas and research with those who want to spend some more time thinking about their leisure.

One of my favorite leisure activities involves travel and enjoying beaches and the ocean! The picture is of me enjoying some time on a beach near Liverpool, Nova Scotia in Canada. Not ideal beach weather that day, but we (my husband and I) didn’t let that deter us from enjoying it!


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  1. […] consider myself to be a newbie blogger. I started my blog All Things Leisure in August 2013. I am an academic who does research in the area of recreation and leisure. I would […]


  2. marialegault August 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Hello, Dr. Shannon!

    I’m excited to be following your blog – I look forward to reading your future posts and possibly interacting with you in the virtual world ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am a recent Master’s graduate from the University of Waterloo. Perhaps you know my thesis adviser, Dr. Bryan Grimwood? (See his profile here: https://uwaterloo.ca/recreation-and-leisure-studies/people-profiles/bryan-grimwood). If not, you might drop him a line! I think he’d be very interested in your work.

    Take care,


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    • Charlene Shannon-McCallum August 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm Reply

      Hi Maria,

      I did my MA and PhD at the University of Waterloo (from 1996 until I finished my PhD in 2002) in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Bryan Grimwood wasn’t there at that time and I haven’t met him yet in my conference travels, but thanks for making the connection. I’m going to read some of his work… looks interesting! Thanks for reading and connecting with me here!


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  3. Olivia FitzGerald August 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm Reply

    What a treat! I’m so glad I found your blog via One cool site. I have young kids and I’m always trying to think of ways to get us all moving. Can’t wait to read more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Charlene Shannon-McCallum August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply

      Hi Olivia,

      Thanks for your comments. I just discovered your blog last week via one cool site as well. I had a chance to read some of your posts (with great interest) and I started following your blog. Many of your posts have “leisure” themes and I enjoy your perspective on them. I too will look forward to more of your posts.



  4. Terri Webster Schrandt December 21, 2014 at 2:06 am Reply

    Hi Charlene, I am a leisure educator in California. Your blog looks great and I certainly appreciate your information and research. I would love to connect with more leisure educators. Looks like I have some reading to do here on your site ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Charlene Shannon-McCallum December 22, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply

      Hi Terri – I’m so glad to connect with you on my blog. I have not blogged much in recent months (my husband and I moved – crazy few months), but I look forward to getting back at it more regularly in the new year! I’ve looked through your site – some really interesting pieces that I’m really looking forward to reading!

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  5. memorymbo@gmail.com April 30, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

    Hy Charlene I’m memory currently doing research about the intrapersonal constraints affecting elderly people I’m at university of veda south Africa I loved you information is more helpfull


  6. Aggie Weighill September 10, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply

    Your blog is now one of the resources that I’ve shared with the latest group of SLM students at VIU. Thanks for maintaining such a thought provoking and informative blog.


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