McCauley Musings

Freedom: A Double-Edged Sword

Freedom can mean different things depending on where we are in life, and can change over time – just like we do. When I was a child, finishing school at the end of June was freedom. I had two summer months ahead of me where I didn’t have to get up early, do homework, or take exams.

Then, many years later, I viewed finishing my formal education, as freedom. However, now I had to work as well as do other things that fall under the broad category of “adulting.”

In his classic song “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kris Kristofferson wrote that, “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” I did some research as to what Kristofferson meant by this line. In an interview in Performing Songwriter magazine from 2015, he said that the main character in the song leaves the girl, so he has freedom, but at the same time he’s devastated. So, in this case, freedom is a double-edged sword. (A point of explanation: “Bobby McGee” is a woman. The interpretation seems different when Janis Joplin, who made the song famous, sings it.)

You’re retiring? Now you have to figure out what to do with your time. Ending a relationship? You must find a way to heal and move on. Finally purchased a house of your own? Congratulations! However, with that comes new responsibilities.

Every situation in life has its pros and cons. Freedom is just another word for learning to live with the consequences of our choices and circumstances.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Mercury Opera’s La Traviata in McCauley – A scene from Mercury Opera’s production of La Traviata at one of the matinees at Studio 96 during March. The opera also played to sold-out audiences at Chez Pierre Cabaret. Cecilia Ferreyra

  • Welcoming the Year of the Dog – Lunar New Year celebrations took place in Chinatown on February 17, organized by the Chinatown and Area Business Association. Pictured with Lion Dancers, from left: Kerry Diotte (MP Edmonton Griesbach), Frankie Lee (Director with the Chinatown and Area Business Association); Brian Mason (MLA Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood; and Mayor Don Iveson. Paula E. Kirman

  • More Music from Musical Mamas – The Musical Mamas, a group of women singer/songwriters who meet and mostly live in or near the area, released their second volume of original music in March. Pictured is performer Sylvia Khoury. For more information visit Shauna Specht

  • New Mural in Chinatown – A new mural on 97 Street near 107 Avenue was unveiled in February. It was created by artist Kris Friesen with the full support of McCauley Revitalization/City of Edmonton. Paula E. Kirman

  • London Villas Hub Grand Opening – London Villas Hub’s grand opening on March 14 featured food, entertainment, and the chance to experience the new space for the first time. It is located in the former church at 9620 109 Avenue. Paula E. Kirman

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