On the Lookout

On the Lookout

A group of neighbours gathered on a Wednesday evening after a storm had come through. The sun was returning and everyone formed small groups and announced what part of the Eagle Place community they were walking. They were all on the lookout. Everyone was look...

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Preparing For Booms Day

Preparing For Booms Day

I was in Cincinnati the week prior to the Labor Day Holiday, or as some refer to it here, “Booms Day”. A local radio station has produced a 30 minute mammoth fireworks display on the Ohio River since 1977 along with a choreographed soundtrack. A week prior...

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Who Is Missing?

Who Is Missing?

Across from St. Patricks Church in San Francisco is a beautiful park where there are gorgeous plants and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain. The park also faces the Museum of Modern Art. There is so much history and beauty, you could easily overl...

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What Unique Skills Do You Possess?

What Unique Skills Do You Possess?

As I caught a glimpse of the workers moving high up on the severely slanted roof I thought of the line in a movie where the character says, “I have a unique set of skills.” These aerial climbers would be a super interesting conversation in respondi...

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Meet at The Neighbourhood Lounge

Meet at The Neighbourhood Lounge

I visited a Farmers Market last week at The Underpass Park. This park was created 10 years ago and turned a blighted area under a highway overpass into a space for neighbours to gather, play or relax. There are basketball courts, lots of amazing art, a skatebo...

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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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