Keri’s Corner

Home is Where There is Hope

When the theme of “home” was brought forward, I began to do a mental exercise. I played a game where I had to complete the sentence “Home is…”. I came up with a list – yippee! Okay, it wasn’t that exciting but it did give me some insight of myself.

Home is where I can relax. I have struggled with not being productive. It seems throughout a day I can be bouncing up and down addressing whatever productive impulse enters my mind as soon as I have it. I should get the dishes done or make that phone call or get those papers organized and on and on and on. There are always chores to do – and the world won’t fall apart if they aren’t addressed this minute – but allowing my body and mind to relax adds to my overall happiness, and there is time for everything so I need not rush. So, I’ve come to allow these walls and ceilings and floors to remind me of the stillness found in a moment.

Home is where I can express myself. Whether it be dancing, off-key singing, or colourful paintings on the walls – home is where I let it all hang out. I drop any public façade and embrace the many facets of my personality without fear of rejection or judgment. Through this self-acceptance I am more accepting and non-judgmental of others. Everyone is unique and to expect anyone to be just as normal as I am is ludicrous. People are happier when they are able to love and fully embrace their own distinctive qualities.

Home is a place where I nourish our energies. To make our home a positive place to be my husband, cat, plants, and (of course) I need good, free-flowing energy. To provide this I pray and let the sun in and play music, all on a frequent basis. As we receive energy, in turn we let go of energy no longer serving us. It is a conscious and recurrent effort that calls me to be more mindful of how I carry myself through life.

At its ideal, my home is a reflection of my best self, what I hope for, and who I wish to be. Although it may be untidy or less than organized, my home is functional, peaceful, and full of all my best hopes.

Keri lives in her home in Boyle Street.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Pets: A Part of Home – One part of “home” for me, is the pets we keep as part of our family. They provide love, affection, joy, and hope when we need it most. My two rescue dogs keep me walking when I don’t even feel like going outside, because they love to go for walks. Last month, I lost one of my rescued cats, Charlie, who I named after my grandfather. He was only about eight years old, but a month or so ago his breathing became laboured, and he began to lose weight. He never complained - he just wanted to sit on my lap and be stroked, so we did that. He died on Saturday night, April 7. My home feels so different without him. I took this photo of him in March, and to me he looks unwell even then. Poor little guy. I miss him. Joanne McNeal

  • Thanking the Plows – 110 Avenue in McCauley, between 92 Street and 95 Street, is very narrow because it was one of the first streets in Edmonton to have houses built along it. So, in the winter, the plows have nowhere to move the snow to but onto the sidewalk. When the snow began to melt this spring, it made huge puddles on the sidewalks, which turned to ice at night and made the road so narrow it was almost impassible. Joanne called the City and asked for their help to move the ice and snow. A few days later, two snowplows arrived and did an excellent job of cleaning up the spring mess. She wrote and thanked them for their work, and her photos are being included in a City employee newspaper, along with her thanks. It never hurts to say thank you when people do a great job! Joanne McNeal

  • Speaking Truth to Power – The annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on March 30 (Good Friday). Around 300 people took part in the walk, with numbers down a bit due to the cold weather - the coldest temperatures in the walk’s 39-year history. This year’s theme was “Speaking truth to power,” a Quaker saying used in the 50s and 60s in anti-war activities (and based on Jesus saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”). Stations looked at housing security, Truth and Rec- onciliation recommendations, police/courts/prisons, the environment, working people, and older people/isolation. For the first time, the Cross was carried past the new Royal Alberta Museum building. Michael Hoyt

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall located at 10629 98 Street. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above is the youth ensemble Dzherelo during a concert featuring young performers. Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation hall located at 10629 98 Street. The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, and on March 23, 2018 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) celebrated its 85th anniversary. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above are participants in a watercolour workshop by artist Valeriy Semenko (front, kneeling). Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Fuel for Hunger Feeds Thousands – Moe Duval (front) and his crew of volunteers served chili lunches on the street by Bissell Centre and other inner city locations every Sunday during the winter months. The group, which is not affiliated with any agency, made the chili them- selves and served about 6500 bowls of chili between December and March (approximately 500 bowls each Sunday). For more information, search for “Fuel for Hunger” on Facebook. Jim Gurnett

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