Cross posted – also available at http://www.edmontoncdc.org Please consider following that blog if you want to keep up to date on my work at the Edmonton Community Development Company. ——– Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day, and it is not only a provocative movement, itContinue reading “Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements”
Yes, perhaps an odd title for a posting, but bear with me. I was on my way back home from meeting downtown with Alberta Government colleagues who also work in the poverty reduction arena and I heard this call-in show about winter tires and more to the point about whether or not winter tires shouldContinue reading “Mandatory Winter Tires and Poverty”
I have stood alone on too many cold street corners unsure of which way is home. You know the feeling. Your eyes stretch at each passing car, looking for a miracle.
We can’t do it when we are young. We know too little. We have not tasted enough truth. Eventually we can taste everything: the sweet, the bitter, everything in between. One day, Wisdom appears at our door. Small and unsure at first, it speaks nonetheless, each word finding courage from the last. One day weContinue reading “Acceptance”
It’s hard to find. There are so many who do not want you to have any. They think it belongs to them. They think that if you have any, they will not have enough for themselves. Thankfully, there are those who want you to have it feel it breathe it be alive with it. WelcomeContinue reading “Pride”
Make things. Whether you have a purpose or not. Even if you do not understand what you have made. Keep making things. If you do not, you will have nothing.
I walked around Wal-Mart the other day. From one end to the other. I bought stuff and almost bought other stuff. I asked a staff person where something was. She pointed. “Over there past the George Foremans, next to the computer stuff.” Perhaps I looked dazed. She added, “Yeh I know. No matter where youContinue reading “Zombie-like at Wally World”
I have always been curious. When someone tells you to put your money where your mouth is, just how much money should one put there? I mean, you don’t want look cheap and noncommittal, but shove too much cash in there and you’ll be accused of grandstanding or ridiculed for paying too much for walkingContinue reading “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth IS Dot Com”
I know a few people who, sadly, hate Muslims because some Muslims have committed crimes, terrorism, and are guilty of racism and intolerance for others. Of course I find such racism disgusting and in itself intolerable. The same logic should hold, shouldn’t it, that Christians are terrorists, as our Jews, for the hateful things some ofContinue reading “Anti-Terrorist Terrorism”
At night each light tells a story: small rebellions in the darkness. We do not know what the stories mean or who offers them. They are strangers. Strangers we wonder about telling stories we wonder about. It does not matter if we find out who they are or the meaning of their lights. Wonder is whatContinue reading “Wonder”
Welcome all that arises. You don’t have to like what happens, but you can’t stop what is, you can’t avoid reality whether bitter or sweet. But when you welcome all that arises you can face anything, however difficult, and embrace what is there and do what you can to keep moving forward.