Tag Archives: Vancouver

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 […]

The Bishops

One might ask what a Hells Angels founding-father and a 4th Century preacher have in common, but I think I’ve found some similarities worthy of sharing. About a month ago I was chatting with a regular patron who decided to reveal some of his sordid past. He’s a tall, lean man, probably in his late […]

Closeted Foodie

One of the main reasons I find it difficult to imagine leaving Vancouver is the food! I am a very frugal person, and love to go to the Salvation Army near my house on a weekly basis, if not more. When it comes to any larger purchases I perform some serious due diligence, and investigate […]

A Christmas Miracle with Stevie Nicks

I’m mindful when I speak or write about Christmas and the holidays, as it can be a really difficult time for many people, especially folks who feel rejected from their family, alienated from society, and are simply struggling to survive. While really wonderful Christmas memories in wintery Owen Sound, Ontario dominate my mind from childhood, […]

Fundraiser – Overdose action

If any of you are reading this blog and live in Vancouver, or you are simply a compassionate person please consider checking out this initiative and supporting it financially… It is a safe injection site in a tent, in an alley near Hastings and Columbia, serving some of Canada’s most vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. The people […]

NIMBY Bimbos

Claiming a neighbourhood as your own is a tricky concept. There’s issues of history, ancestry, colonialism, immigration, business, development, segregation, gentrification, etc. For Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood is now generally equated with poverty, addiction, and violence which many say grew out of the Depression era and culminated with the loss of certain mental institutions and […]

Drinkin’ and Druggin’

While my daily life may not be a constant off-roading, sweet adventure on motorcycles, it definitely is a kind of “adventure.” It’s been a year and a half since I was hired as the Branch Head of the Carnegie Library, located in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. I’m not interested in bemoaning the tragedy […]