The Balancing Act

In the last weekend of April I went to the Nanaimo Spring Writes Festival to attend a creative nonfiction workshop by Angie Abdou (Between, The Bone Cage). I decided I had enough energy in me to drive the hour north, attend the workshop, and then drive home again in Friday afternoon traffic. The workshop itself…

Turning the Calendar to a New Year

Today we went for a walk along the estuary, the sun bright on an atypically frosty west coast day. The air was redolent with the scent of rotting salmon, the spawning season ending in a mess of fish carcasses fought over by noisy gulls. The advent calendar is now empty, no presents are left under…

old dock

Celebrating the Ordinary

Writers and other artists are often exhorted to cram their lives with a range of experiences to create fertile ground for generating creative ideas. These experiences could include working at many different jobs, travelling to distant locales, striking up conversations with strangers, absorbing various art styles at art galleries and museums, and more. While it’s…

Building Community from the Ground Up

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m deeply interested in the question of community: what it is, how you build it, and how it sustains you. On her Social In Silico blog, Lou Woodley outlines six types of communities: of interest, of practice, of inquiry, of action, of place, and of circumstance. Since…