Category Archives: Reflections

Suburban vs urban?

Who would have thought there might be a “Congress for New Urbanism”?  But there is – and it’s not even new.   They just held their 20th annual meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida.   “CN20” included a panel on the economic … Continue reading

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Tony: a year has passed…

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Tony died*.  And I think to myself, ‘What has my experience of Tony meant to me?” Small things, really. It was a pleasant surprise to realize over time how many in … Continue reading

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Roncy culture changing…

As I strolled to Alternative Grounds this morning, I mused at the sweetness of being greeted with a quiet smile and  “…morning.” by strangers as we passed each other.  Some walking with purpose in their body language probably on their … 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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Love it? Support it.

Funny thing about businesses.  They’re a little like relationships.  Shops; restaurants; professional offices — there are a lot of them in Roncy, and a lot of good ones.  As in relationships – and voting – if we want a thriving … Continue reading

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Today at Alternative Grounds

Today at my favourite cafe, I cuddled my youngest friend; I heard a range of opinions on the Euro; learned that a friend/server got an acting role she had wanted, and that Thursday there will be a live-music fund-raiser for … Continue reading

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“Third Place” beauty…

My “third place”* is – as ee Cummings said – “a thing of beauty and a joy forever”.  The flow of people, every shape, size, colour and persuasion, in a rainbow of humanity, is like lying down in a garden … Continue reading

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