Happy Holidays!


Hey guys! Just a quick note to say I’m taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. Happy Holidays! Take care and be safe!

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how i feel about Archibald’s Wharf


Archibald’s Wharf from the water. August 2014.


I’ll keep this brief, because, hey, the Internet is full to the brim with opinions, and lengthy ones at that.

But, I do want to weigh in on this issue that’s really taken hold of the community where I now live, because, well, I can. That’s why I have a blog… so I can share my thoughts.

You can read all about the issue on the Facebook page for Downtown North Sydney, which is here. Full disclosure: I am a board member of the Business Improvement and Development Association, but we’re all allowed free speech. 

So in brief: I initially felt very angry about how it seemed that local council was going to sell off an existing park and business space for a few industrial jobs that may or may not materialize.

Then I read lots of people’s opinions in the form of Facebook comments, and chatted a bit with a few people, and now… I’m still mostly angry. But also, willing to listen to the other side(s). I know we need jobs. I know we need industries.

I’ve also been busy with other things like work, making meals, and getting a bit of creative time to myself, so I haven’t been totally consumed with this issue (read: haven’t done much research into it). And so, I’m not well-read in all the various aspects of the situation. I don’t know the ins and outs, what motion was made when, and all that. I may not even go to the public meetings. (Just being totally honest here… I’m pretty tired of public meetings.) I’m not sure yet, though. I know it’s also important to take part in issues like this, and show up in your community.

What does make me happy about the whole thing is that people seem to give a shit. Whether they’re for or against it, at least they’re talking about it. So, there’s that.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on it for now!

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random Tuesday thoughts

yogaI’m writing this at breakfast, 7:18 am. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to write about, but I know that I want to write something, anything, in this space. I miss it. Busyness is for the birds! So, I’m showing up, and I’m typing into the void. Here goes.

Last night I went to yoga. I hadn’t been to my regular class in several weeks. You know when you think, “oh, no biggie, I’ll just skip that thing, and make room for this other thing”? Only, the first thing is actually really important to you, and brings you back to yourself, every time? Well, that’s what I’d been doing. And after a few weeks it catches up with me and I realize my body is practically jumping up and down and yelling for some yoga.

I know this because I get so cranky I’m practically jumping up and down and yelling, for no good reason.

Anyway, I also wanted to write a bit about this time of year, and how the lack of daylight combined with the pressure/fun of the Holidays can affect me, and some of you… and I have also been thinking about writing about practical ways that I find hope for our community when the news gets depressing, but… it’s now 7:25, my bagel is done, and it’s time to get ready for work.

Thanks, as always, for listening. Have a great day!


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where the magic is

wherethemagicis wherethemagicis2 wherethemagicis3 wherethemagicis4When the world feels too much. When my ego is hungry for gratification and clings to social media like a tired toddler. When I’ve forgotten who I am.

I go outside.


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tea and a date square

datesquareI do not know where the time is going. It is seriously flying!

I’m sneaking in this blog post at the Wentworth Perk cafe on George Street while I wait to meet someone I’m working with. This meeting is for my actual day job, but this person works his own day job and then works on the database project with me some evenings a week while his daughter is in her cheerleading class.

As you can see I have a tea and a date square lined up to consume. My computer is open and I’m ready to play with PHP. I’m hoping to leave by 7:30 so I can make it home in time for dinner with my honey.

So after the Vital Awards last week (and hi! to any new readers I gained as a result), on Friday I helped out with the annual client Christmas party at work, which was a whole lot of fun. Then I went out with work friends after and danced like a silly person. (Oh, wait, I am a silly person.) The day after I was, umm, indisposed, although I did get it together enough to have brunch with some dear friends. (I don’t look too bad for someone who had only a few hours of sleep the night before, hey?) Then Sunday was the only day Adam’s had off in a while so we spent it being lazy, although at one point I did go outside and plant my garlic in the raised bed.

This week coming up at work, we’re organizing a Business After 4 event along with the local chamber of commerce, so there is lots to do for that. (I designed the ad that you will see at that link, for starters.)

And that’s my brain dump for today. No deep thoughts or inspiration for the future of Cape Breton, so much, but I wanted to write something!

Hoo! Ok. Onwards with database fun. What are you up to?


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my Vital award acceptance speech (only a day late)

One of the inaugural Vital Excellence Awards from the Cape Breton Partnership

I didn’t write a speech to deliver at the mic for when I got this award yesterday, but in a way I wrote one this morning, in my head, as I walked in the field and woods near my house.

Ha, ha, better late than never, right?

My speech is this:

This award is actually for every single one of you. You are vital. This island needs you, and each person under the age of 40 (which is the cutoff age for the award), and for that matter, over 40, is essential. You are like the soil, the trees, the water, the air: essential elements of a healthy community.

You are vital, when you help out others. You are vital, when you help out yourself, by educating yourself or by taking risks. When you volunteer your time for your community, you are vital. When you say no to volunteering in order to take care of yourself, you are vital.

If you are here and you have something to offer, you are vital. If you can teach a kid to read, you are vital. If you can have tea with a new friend, you are vital. If you can make a living for yourself, even if it’s not exactly the living you had envisioned, you are vital. If you are working towards that vision anyway, you are vital. If you don’t even really know what your vision is yet, you are vital.

The “vital signs” of a person are the heartbeat, the breath. To each person that actually physically lives on this island, or who plans to in the near future: you are the living breath of this island. You are the thump-thump-thump, healthy heart beating, flowing, pumping the blood through the veins. That’s all you. You are doing that!

Here on the island and around the world, really, what our generation is learning is that the big systems of global economics that made things feel prosperous in the past are changing, breaking apart. And as that happens, we are learning how to create our own systems, and that we must create our own systems. Systems, and communities, that are smaller, local, strong, vital.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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On the smell of night air in November


When I stepped out of my car this evening, in the driveway, I could smell woodsmoke on the cool night air. I absolutely love this mix of smells and temperature that this time of year brings. I love it so much. It always transports me to another time and place, and subsequently, to a feeling: freedom.

The other time and place is Tasmania, 2003. I was 20 years old. (That’s me in the printed photo in the above photo, in a CBLocals hoodie in the Botanical Gardens in Hobart.) I was travelling by myself at that point in my stay in Australia. It was May, but Down Under at that time of year it is Autumn. The air was cold and crisp, and carried the smell of wood smoke. I was staying in Hobart, and spending time exploring the city. Soon after I would travel North to a small community called Lorinna, and work as a WWOOFer on an organic farm. I was returning to Canada in a month but my time there in Hobart was all mine, to do whatever I pleased.

I pleased to roam, and to smell the cold, crisp air. And I felt free, and it was brilliant.


***100rejectionletterssneakpeekI’m doing a program with a life coach named Tiffany Han, these days. The program is called 100 Rejection Letters and I’ve been doing it for a month or so, give or take. I’m getting ready to share with you what it’s been like so far in a post here on my blog (spoiler alert: it’s AWESOME), but for now I’ll just share a photo of a page in the workbook (above).

The bottom goal of those three goals had been blank until today. Over the last month, I had been taking a few things off my calendar, knowing I wanted more free time, and knowing I wanted to create space for doing work that made me thrilled. The issue was, I didn’t know what that was, exactly. Or, rather, I’m doing this program in order to figure it out and move towards it. And it’s such a cool process, so I’ll definitely be telling you guys more about it soon.

Anyway, today I got a call about an opportunity that makes me really excited, and if it does go ahead, I’ll for sure be telling you about it. What I can say for now, though, is that if it goes ahead, I’ll be doing a lot more writing! (Although I should say, it is NOT a book deal. Not yet anyway, LOL.) And after yesterday’s post, and thoughts, and subsequent comments, I’ve realized that the universe is saying to me: Leah, darling daughter, write. Write with your whole heart. Writing is what you have loved since you were small. It is what you still love. So keep doing it! 

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