The Year That Was

I don’t think anyone is going to be upset to see this year breathe its last breath. Yet, despite all of its challenges, I find myself looking back on the year with some sense of gratitude, a renewed sense of what is important, and wondering what the new year might bring. And as I do…

The Christmas Baking Continues

After a rather long semester, it was nice to put away the work and do very little this weekend. Aside from household chores, it was a great weekend to lounge on the couch, watch Christmas movies (such as last night’s viewing of the original Grinch cartoon, and Gremlins), and snuggle with the wee fuzzball. It…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 12

Here we are folks – day 12 of Twelve Days of Giving. Before I announce today’s featured do-awesome organization, I figured it would be good to quickly recap the other 11 organizations that I’ve featured in this series of posts. In order of appearance they were: Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis, The SEED, The Guelph Neighbourhood…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 11

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost to the end of Twelve Days of Giving! For day 11 I’ve decided to feature the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. The Children’s Foundation runs programs to ensure kids have enough food when they are in school – because full bellies make for better students. They…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 10

Day 10 of Twelve Days of Giving features the Guelph Public Library. Because who doesn’t love the library? And honestly, the library is so much more than a place to borrow books. The library is a community hub, an education resource, and a place to connect. It provides valuable resources for people of all walks…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 9

For the 9th day of Twelve Days of Giving I am featuring the fourth organization that took part in the Ideas Congress (ICON) class this fall; The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS). The GBHS was formed in Guelph in 2011 with a mission to raise awareness of and about Black national heritage, provide resources and…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 8

Before I officially name today’s featured organization, I want you to consider how you have spent much of your time during the pandemic. Have you read books, watched movies, listened to music or podcasts, gone for walks and enjoyed local sculptures and murals? Have you taken up a craft? Have you tried your hand at…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 7

It’s day 7 of 12 Days of Giving, and today’s featured charitable organization is the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The CMHA is a national organization that provides mental health supports to people of all ages. And given quarantining, physical distancing, working from home, loss of jobs, and other pandemic related mitigation measures and impacts,…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 6

As we end the first half of the Twelve Days of Giving, I thought I would take the time today to highlight the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. For those not in the know, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph was one of four community partners who took part in the Ideas…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 5

It’s a grey and gloomy day, but that’s not going to stop Twelve Days of Giving! Today I’m featuring Wyndham House, an organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating youth homelessness. But Wyndham House provides more than just emergency and longer-term shelter, they offer resources and programming to help youth who are food insecure, who are…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 4

Today is the 4th day of Twelve Days of Giving, and I’m happy to feature HOPE House. I was first connected to HOPE House many years ago when the students in my CIS3750 class were in the initial stages of developing the Farm To Fork program. Their approach to food insecurity, entrenched in dignity, belonging,…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 3

For the third day of Twelve Days of Giving, I am featuring the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition. The GNSC does remarkable work in our community – by building community. Like the folks at the SEED, I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from some of the fine folks behind the GNSC for…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 2

Day 2 of Twelve Days of Giving is here, and today I’m going to highlight one of my favourite groups in town. I am constantly amazed by the work this organization does – not just to help those who need it, but to listen to their voices and to empower them. To say they hold…

Twelve Days Of Giving – Day 1

This year has been, well, quite a year. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in our community struggling – struggling to make ends meet, to pay bills, to feed themselves, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and warm. The cracks in our social safety net are growing under the increased pressures brought about…

Kitchen Fiasco In Two Parts

Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to spend more time in the kitchen, learning new recipes and travelling the world vicariously through food. For the most part, this has come without major incident. I’ve survived (as of today) 59 new-to-me recipes without injury to self or to the various tools and appliances I…