Winter, without her

Winter, without her

Two nights ago, the snow started to fall. Yesterday afternoon it came down in earnest, and as we enjoyed our dinner at our friends’ house, the snow continued to sprinkle the ground, covering our car windows, our walkways, glistening and sparkling, and transforming our hilly Flin Flon roads into slick, scary rollercoasters. When we got home, … Continue reading

Why Does Belonging Matter?

Why Does Belonging Matter?

I would be the first person to argue that travel and new experiences, meeting people different from ourselves, being open to alternative ideas and perspectives, are all essential to personal growth. But still, no matter where we go, I still find I prefer to spend my time with people who share common interests, common politics, … Continue reading

Lessons from No Impact Man (and Woman)

Lessons from No Impact Man (and Woman)

The other day, Dan I watched No Impact Man, a documentary that follows a writer, Colin Beavan, as he attempts to strictly limit his impact on the earth – while living in a New York City apartment with his wife and young daughter. Over the course of the year, Colin and Michelle gradually shed the layers of … Continue reading

Home Routes

Home Routes

Tonight, forty Flin Flon residents were gathered in a cozy family room, wine glasses and cheese-and crackers in hand. But this was no committee meeting or book club: this was a professional concert, a performance by two musicians, Kyle Carey and Craig Werth, who had driven together from New Hampshire to perform for this appreciative … Continue reading

Undercover Santa

Undercover Santa

It was 9 a.m. this morning, at the corner of Bay and Richmond in downtown Toronto, when I saw Santa for the first time this year. He was wearing walking shoes and travelling pants, the kind that have zips at the knees so you can convert them to shorts, and a few sensible layers under … Continue reading

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

11:00 on November 11th marks a rare moment when a city of five and a half million people can be unified by shared experience and shared thoughts. Walking back to work after today’s Remembrance Day ceremony, I was struck by the number of people adorned with poppies, many of whom, like me, seemed lost in … Continue reading