Category Daily Life

City vs. Country: the wisdom of Helen Keller

I decided to read Helen Keller’s biography The Story of My Life after being in a bit of a reading funk and stumbling upon the title randomly on the shelves of my rental home. I wanted to read about someone overcoming adversity with hope and perseverance, and who better than Helen Keller herself? It was all […]

Burn the book

It’s been a strange gift to be married and going through a funny limbo of being in a long-distance relationship. Since I started work in Powell River in March, and there were no immediate job postings for Scott (combined with the fact that he wanted to finish the year with his beloved Grade 7 students […]

Going coastal: Work and play in Powell River

After a month in my new role as Assistant Chief Librarian at the Powell River library, I’m starting to feel more at ease in my decision to embrace a smaller community. Even though the library system itself is just one branch, compared to Vancouver with its 21 libraries, I sometimes felt isolated as the lone […]

Powell River beckons

Today was a fantastic day to be a librarian. I went to the monthly Leadership Team meeting and felt a strange confidence in sharing thoughts around vigilance in keeping our patrons alert in light of overdose (there is a dilemma whether Librarians should actually administer Naloxone vs. the implications on the City if things go […]

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, […]

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 […]

Dufferin elementary

My parents informed me that they will be attending a celebration of my childhood school, Dufferin Elementary before it gets torn down or whatever the local school board plans to do, since all three of their children attended it. With the news comes some pangs of nostalgia. I’ve started to collect and list some memories […]