Not a manifesto, just a list of 10 things I’ve learned lately | Marianne Elliott

I love this list by Zen peacekeeper, change-maker, human rights activist and twitter friend Marianne Elliott: Not a manifesto, just a list of 10 things I’ve learned lately | Marianne Elliott. She mentions vanilla rooibos, after all.

Thin Places by Mary E. DeMuth

Mary DeMuth already had me at her first two paragraphs of Thin Places: A Memoir: “Growing up, I find myself housed in a scrawny sort of body–legs thin as broomsticks, interrupted by knees so knobby they bang into each other when I walk. My doctor makes me drink whole milk so I’ll fatten up. Kids […]

The City's for Sale

Got to hang out with Jacynta this morning. “I am just called to love people,” she told me over breakfast at The Ovaltine Cafe, a greasy spoon on East Hastings. Then we went back to my sis-in-law’s place and Jacynta sang a few of her songs, including this one. Watch this girl.

Friday Night in the Downtown Eastside: Drinking from a Deep Well

There were seven of us girls hanging out at the Great Room last night. I imagine this is what Gwen dreamed about when the Great Room was still just an idea. I imagine her to dream about a place where women could come into a safe, beautiful environment, find sacred space, friendship, grace and love. […]

Linda Malcolm: a different kind of police officer in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Check out this story about Constable Linda Malcolm, sex industry liaison officer in the Downtown Eastside for the Vancouver Police Department. Linda Malcolm offers a different kind of policing – The Globe and Mail. Also, stay tuned for an update on my own urban adventure to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in nine days. Photo by Frank Dawson