Category Archives: Alternative Grounds

The late, great Alternative Grounds

Those of you who knew me well at Alternative Grounds are familiar with my predisposition for analyzing just about anything that moves.  And since life is always moving, I figure it’s fair game.  You also knew that I like to … Continue reading

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Good-bye Alternative Grounds

Well, no chrome and glass, but no café either. As it turns out, the deal fell through, and Alternative Grounds is no more, its doors will close tonight.   Its lease will not be renewed at the end of the month, … Continue reading

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Alternative Grounds – and stuff that matters

To think that Alternative Grounds could have been wiped out, perhaps transformed into a dramatically modern glass and chrome dress shop, or maybe a high end store specializing in silk purses made from sow’s ears!  Heaven forbid.  That would be … Continue reading

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Legalizing drugs? No brainer!

Heroin doesn’t care who it takes,  Janis Joplin, or Chris Levoir.   It’s an “equal opportunity” killer.   The rich and famous, or your brother, my grandchild, whoever. I suppose alcohol could have killed Chris.  But not likely unless he’d been drinking … Continue reading

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Activism, yin + yang…

I am sitting in Alternative Grounds, which by now everyone knows is my favourite cafe.  Between conversations I’m thinking about how it attracts people inclined toward activism.  It’s not surprising, as the café is owned by a Fair Trade activist, … Continue reading

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‘Stigma-free’ + education…

We hear a lot of talk these days about ‘stigma’ around mental health issues.   But what does this mean? It means you have to be awfully courageous to admit out loud – for example – that you are depressed (especially … Continue reading

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Alternative Grounds: Community

On a day when I had asked myself – on my way to Alternative Grounds – “Why am I doing this every morning?” I received the answer yet again – large. At 7 a.m., I had a moving and inspiring … Continue reading

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