I was lucky. Growing up, I was surrounded by friendly neighbours, a safe community and best of all to a kid on her bicycle – places to explore and dream. A nearby park stretched in several … [Read more...] about Swelling cities must reinvent parks and play space
7 Ways to Connect with Community A guy walks into a bar. No, it’s not the start of a joke but a recent news item about Carlos, a University of Calgary student who emailed every woman in his school … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Connect with Community
Why does NIMBY still look blurry? I try to keep an open mind and heart when it comes to NIMBY issues. But some days I struggle. For instance, I love the far off sound of a train whistle. That sound … [Read more...] about Why does NIMBY still look blurry?
Compassionate cities care for their animals “Compassion is heart-centered. It is a strong desire to alleviate suffering whenever, wherever, and however it presents,” writes Mindful Coach Vanessa F. … [Read more...] about Compassionate cities care for their animals
Good mayors build strong, creative communitiesHow often do you think about your mayor? If you’re like me, not often enough. Yet consider how a mayor can support you and your neighbourhood. Mayors have … [Read more...] about Good mayors build strong, creative communities
Small space, new reality – how small can you go?I spent years living full-time in a 26-foot trailer with my husband. In this home-is-where-you-park-it lifestyle, we flourished with less space and more … [Read more...] about Small space, new reality – how small can you go?
When my uncle wanted help finding the grave site of a relative who died in the 1920s, I slipped into sleuthing mode. This relative was three when he succumbed to the flu so his brief history was … [Read more...] about Creative communities six feet under . . . our feet
All you want to do is find out what friends and family are up to on Facebook, right? And why should paying a few bills from your sofa or ordering a drone online be fraught with risk?Because it is. … [Read more...] about Is social media a BFF or ‘frenemy’?
While post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is not a new topic, it’s one with a myriad of dimensions. For victims of crimes, the anxiety felt afterwards can range from mild to terrifying, even life … [Read more...] about Communities coping with victims of crime
Keep calm and drive on!Some streets are unwelcoming. The worst for me was an RV park on the Colorado River. To get to our site, we drove over 11 extra-high speed bumps (I counted) and one scary spike … [Read more...] about Keep calm and drive on