Community nourishment

Last June I sent out a call for community nourishment to a small group of friends in Toronto. It started like this: “Hi friends. Since my mom’s diagnosis with osteosarcoma, followed by a life-saving below-the-knee amputation, and, now, chemotherapy, a number of folks have asked me if there’s anything they can do to help. ‘Community …

We need more “us”: the hope of community

The expression “many hands make light work” is one of my favourites. It perfectly describes both the decrease in individual work that the help of an extra person (or several) can create, as well as the feeling of ease we experience when we help each other tackle big things. It is also one of the …

Any way you slice it, there are only so many hours

Picture a pie. Any pie. A fruit pie. A quiche. A pizza pie.  Not hungry? Okay. Picture a pie chart. Just, please, for me, choose some fun colours. Make it a joyful pie chart.  Now, imagine cutting your pie into 24 slices and serving up eight of those slices (just over a quarter of your …