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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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The tender cafe

How precious is the kindness and gentleness that surrounds me every day.  I treasure it.  It is part of a sub-culture hard to find in many places.  I think that’s why I head here every morning.  I can’t imagine a … Continue reading

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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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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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