Stories that Inspire

Stories that Inspire

In a recent post I wrote about a walking tour of a neighbourhood where I learned of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn. The story that was shared by the guide inspired me to find and read I’ve Got A Home in Glory Land by Karolyn Smardz Frost. This book is the ...

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“I could go on and on for hours.”

“I could go on and on for hours.”

The guide on the walking tour had provided so many interesting stories and facts about the Cabbagetown neighbourhood. He spoke of the history and architecture and announced the tour would end in the nearby cemetery if everyone in our small group was comfortabl...

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Transforming the Routine

Transforming the Routine

This underpass in Vancouver was often a dark and dull part of many walking, running or biking routes. As I biked through last weekend the routine was transformed into an artistic bright and now a very welcoming part of my route. I noticed others we stopping fo...

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Art of Community Building

Art of Community Building

“The Happiest Days of Our Lives #1 – 6” was created by Ann Weber and is made from cardboard boxes salvaged from the streets and grocery stores. The artist was inspired by the landscape of the San Pedro district of LA. She was also drawn on he...

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My Great Day In…

My Great Day In…

On this Earth Day I recall a community event some neighbours and I hosted several years ago. This event was held in a nearby park and invited people to write, draw or paint how they spent “a great day in Vancouver.” “My Great Day in Vancouver...

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Something To Cultivate

Something To Cultivate

In a nearby neighbourhood I discovered a free seeds container. I stopped and checked it out and there were seeds for all kinds of vegetables and flowers. I met a woman who had picked up some seeds for green peppers and also lettuce. I didn’t need any see...

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Mending

Mending

The Yoko Ono “Mend Piece” exhibit was an interactive exhibit. You were invited to sit a table with others and mend or create something from a table full of broken pieces and some string, scissors and tape. A person at the table with me almost perfe...

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Politics Aside

Politics Aside

I wrote this several years ago but seems more relevant today. I had completed a week of work and was happy to be on a flight home even though it was a long cross-country flight. It was also happening in the midst of a tense presidential election campaign in th...

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It’ll Look Like This

It’ll Look Like This

I met a street artist last week in the nearby skate park and he was holding a can of spray paint and evaluating the start of his painting. There was a can of white spray paint in his hand and several other colours art his feet. I glanced at the artwork and ask...

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Get Outside

Get Outside

This is a post I wrote 2 years ago, but seems even more a timely as we have been navigating through 2 years of pandemic restrictions. Jump in a puddle today. Meander across town. Go for a stroll. Roll among the world. Pace off your frustrations. Tread, stomp, ...

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