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True Grit is Female: Respect for Elspeth Beard

I just watched the movie, True Grit (2010) and noticed how the promotional poster highlights the names, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. This really bothered me, especially the highlighting of Brolin who plays a bit part, considering that the film is truly about the young teenager, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) who perseveres to […]

Men of Quality: the future of skateboarding

Yesterday I had an epiphany about subcultures and youth rebellion. This is a topic I haven’t thought deeply on for some time, compared to when I wrote my Masters thesis on female skateboarders as cultural producers in a male dominated subculture. I was reminded of my research when a PhD student reached out to me, […]

Thanksgiving 2017

The Thanksgiving weekend has passed, and I need to focus on the positive… once I get a little rant off my chest. I do have much to be grateful for, especially since we’ve had fantastic fall weather. Just yesterday Scott and I enjoyed a mellow bike ride admiring the changing colours in the trees and […]

Sweetgrass, Incense and Reconciliation

A few Sundays ago, in anticipation of the Reconciliation Walk my pastor, Ken Shigematsu spoke with humility, wisdom and compassion, asking for forgiveness from those affected by Residential Schooling and the repercussions of colonialism, on behalf of the Christian church. It is so embarrassing and baffling to know that so-called “Christian” people, with not an ounce […]

Bud Osborn’s book collection: a prophet’s companions

I approached the bookcase with dismay. Someone had picked the lock on the glass door and it was evident that several books had been stolen. I was angry. The books were from the Bud Osborn social activism collection in the Carnegie Centre*, and I had gone to some effort to find a place for them […]

Binners, Scavengers, Friends and Thieves

One thing I love about some of my Carnegie library regulars is how even though they may not have a lot in terms of Vancouver’s high-rolling standards, their gestures of kindness go so much deeper. A regular patron, whose Doctor believes he should be in a wheelchair since he can barely walk, explained how a […]

Haida Gwaii Roadtrip (Part Two)

Our luck with good weather continued on Haida Gwaii (see Part One), as we headed down to Aliford Bay for our adventure with Moresby Explorers. We were fortunate to get some spots on a one-day tour of Louise Island by zodiac. While it’s not officially in the Gwaii Haanas reserve, it’s still a Unesco heritage […]