Keri’s Corner

A Time to Spare Ourselves

As I pen this article, it isn’t yet technically summer. We know summer starts and ends as she wishes. She’ll give you an approximately arrival time and keep you on your toes consistently being early or late. Timeliness is over-rated. She lights up a room and leaves.

Summer is a precious commodity on this northern edge of the planet. It seems halfway gone before we really sink our toes into it. It does initially seem that the “Music Box Dancer” ice cream bells will go on forever, but they’re an illusion to lull us into the complacency that allows us to tolerate a continuing eight-hour work day.

I remember school-free, younger summers. The consciousness of joy as shades of sunshine lingered before me toward a distant autumn sky. The summer stretch. Freedom and imagination were interwoven through those months.

I’ve been without a job for a few months. Financially, it has been challenging but so rewarding in gained perspective. I didn’t realize how much of my attention was placed in reaction to my professional environment and away from my internal environment. I’ve spend a lot of time not understanding how I’ve felt. Is there a better season to slow down in and rest and reflect?

Do we busy ourselves to prevent this? Culturally, we have some limiting practices to self-understanding. We tend to adopt corporate or workplace values into our private landscapes instead of bringing our unique viewpoint to the office. Such uniformity is subversively demanded to avoid conflict or confrontations or, worse, hearing something that we don’t want to hear. Corporate branding has told us to just do it. Then, we did it, and didn’t stop to contemplate the value of that action. We rarely think beyond the next quarter or subsequent purchase.

Do I regret taking a hiatus from the workplace? Not at all. Alberta’s corporate mindset is evolving at it’s own pace – a pace that is not synchronic with mine at the moment. We’ve been made to understand through the encroachment of technology and the inevitable economic struggle, that it will just take a moment to answer that email or text and a moment of our blossoming season isn’t too much to spare. Those moments add up to personal well-being and fulfillment. We have none too much of that and there isn’t a second to do without. I can’t remember the last time I went shopping for a cloud. The season is too short to articulate.

Keri lives in Boyle Street in the summer and throughout the year.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

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