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There was a huge energetic shift that occurred in 2021 and finally, the energy of this month is re-aligned. What a beautiful way to begin a new year and may it continue throughout 2022. It’s been a tough few years for everyone, going through a collective healing on Earth.
I’m not naturally a gregarious* person and as such I do love my alone time, but we are built as social creatures so even the most reclusive of us need to find connection to survive. In my 20s I discovered how important connection was to me by setting out on a long solo trip in my VW bus. By the second week I would make my morning coffee and just wander into random campsites where the people looked friendly, just to talk to someone—just to feel human.
The snow is falling, the streets are freezing, the silly, slippery, singsong season surrounds. Holidays bring a different vibe to each of us. For some it can feel merry and bright, for others it can be lonely, solemn or perhaps even painful. Let’s begin with a reflection on last month’s theme: kindness, and let this seep into the holidays so we can spread it around.
You know Vince Mo. He and his content filter through the valley like a carefully crafted season. He celebrates living and thriving here through the lens and spends most of his time adventuring, pursuing both work and play. Vince is a gem, sparkling with enthusiasm and gratitude. He is a gracious artist whose photos are seen all over the world!
The history of gay bars is fascinating. They were created because of homophobic attitudes that prevented LGBTQ people openly displaying their sexual preferences. Gay bars, at least in North America, started out as hidden places which were constantly being raided by the police, and were in many cases, controlled and protected by organized crime.
Humans are collectors: we create things, then restrict the flow to inflate the value based on scarcity so we can call them ‘collectible’—a process that hinges on some very precarious cultural agreements. The early Polynesians sailed 10,000 kilometers across open oceans to trade seashells.
Wrapping up the year will be done in style and a sense of magic. The Sun travels in Sagittarius until Winter Solstice, where it enters Capricorn. Winter Solstice is 9h 35 min shorter than Summer Solstice.
I am a Kootenay based, functional ceramic artist focusing on creating pottery for everyday use that reminds the user of being in nature.
“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.”
“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
We’ve used the aphorism sticks and stones may break my bones wrong all these years. Since Alexander William Kinglake first published the phrase in the early 1800’s it has been used to downplay the impact of verbal insults on playgrounds everywhere.
My journey with photography began with the kindness of many generous people. People who gave me their support, knowledge, trust and even my first camera.
October isn’t the only month dedicated to fright anymore, the past 19+ months have been a tornado of unpredicted scares. I could rattle on (or rant on…) for paragraphs, but we’ve all lived through a different experience. The one thing uniting us in this ever-changing world, is our fatigue. The constant change of rules from a global scale to the rules of entering a grocery store. We’re tired. We’re frightened. We have no idea what the future holds. But we’re together through it all.
Digital amnesia grows daily in our lives. Once upon a time, I could remember every single person’s phone number that I knew. Now I can barely remember my phone number. Once I put a phone number into my phone, I promptly forget it.
An old friend of mine used to talk about what he called ‘true myth.’ It was his way of describing what teachers have known for millennia: that a story can carry truth way deeper into our hearts than a rational argument. We can hear something and know it intellectually, but until we feel it, we don’t truly integrate it. When true myths resonate, they are imaginary vehicles that scoop up wisdom and unload it at the core of our being.
I have always listened to music because my mum and dad play it all the time, but what really got me into it was going to shows. Our family regularly went to music festivals and when I was three, my parents took me to a festival in Wales called Green Man. I was immersed in music all day every day, and while I can’t remember much in the way of specifics, I remember being there and seeing lots of people and hearing lots of music.