Kleptophobia (or cleptophobia): an abnormal fear of theft. My life sure has evolved in terms of feeling secure. When young, I was afraid my purse would be stolen while I partied at a club. My … [Read more...] about Help! I suffer from kleptophobia!
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