alberta

Go vote

When you go vote tomorrow think about all those kids who can't. Who are still finding themselves, who have to get up and go to school. Hopefully they are told that who they are is great. Hopefully you vote for an Alberta where they are told that.

When you vote tomorrow ask yourself whether cutting teachers and nurses is really good for the economy. Ask yourself what really makes for a strong and vibrant economy, and a nice place to live.

When you vote tomorrow vote with hope and kindness in your heart. Vote for the best of #alberta. All that it has been and can be. Vote to build a future of togetherness and possibility.

Things may have been tough in #alberta and those who are struggling deserve help. Still, there is so much wealth and possibility in the province. It is easy to forget that. Vote with gratitude for the luck we have as well as the work that needs to be done for the future.

And please vote. Because this one will matter a lot.

Porcupine hills

I’m not a religious person but I have been drawn to the idea of the sacredness of the everyday since back in undergrad when I was getting into religious studies. Listening to this always reminds me of that.

I belong to the church of the long grass,
The Parish of the Porcupine Hills,
The grass can grow as tall as an old timers tale,
Some say taller still,
I belong to the church of the long grass,
The Parish of the Porcupine Hills,
I’ve always seen this land as holy,
I guess I always will
— John Wort Hannam

Banff + Canmore

When I was back in Calgary I really wanted to get out to the mountains. I don't like highway driving so it was really nice to have the option of taking the bus out. Super damn nice.

It's great to see transit options happening in the Calgary Region, which arguably includes Banff and Canmore. I had fun. It's always good to get out and explore Banff and Canmore.

YYC wanders

Some shots from wanders around various bits of Calgary.

The +15 dude is simply the greatest. Full stop.

I did a Chinatown tour a while back and it included the murals tucked away in some of those back alleys there. Not a particularly nice space — basically garbage, freight and parking — but has a lot of potential and is a unique aspect of the area.

Also, hit up the off to the side pathway with the peaceful wandering path and great views of the city and chances to take lots of water shots.

Get lost

Where I attempt to go on a hike. Feel anxious about highway driving — it's pretty terrifying. Have trouble finding the hike but feel all lugubrious. Ask for directions. Happen to be asking the author of the trail guide book I'm holding. She's super friendly. The hike turns out to be really pretty.

A year and a bit later I decide to edit the photos because I'm back to dealing with those sorts of things.