Home with Keri and a Cat

The most basic point of “home” is that you live there. The place where you live arguably is where you take care of yourself, eat, sleep, receive your mail, and do other things that mark your existence. Home can be any one of a near infinity of places if you can get these basics established.

Growing up on a farm, home included a lot of complications that needed to be addressed. There were animals, livestock, and pets, with a garden and crops in need of attention. Home is where you take care of yourself and an environment where you can extend care. I have not had a garden since leaving the farm. The only holdover from childhood is cat ownership. When I met Keri and was getting to know her, there was a point of introducing her to the cats in my life. Naturally, they got along wonderfully. I live with Keri in a peaceful, creative pocket of comfort shared with a pampered cat.

I will judge the possible quality of a home on the state of their pets. When visiting places all through my past I would likely spend time with cats and dogs. If they were contented and happy it was a good thing, no matter how humble the circumstances may be. Having a nice place is based on your own choices of atmosphere and environment to take care of yourself and the ones you choose to care about. I can’t imagine something like a gun in my home. Of course, there were rifles on the farm and that was exclusively Dad’s thing, but I never shot them at all.

At my home Keri paints and writes, I do my writing, we both read quite often, and spend time with our cat. There are also other cats and Maltese puppies in residence since my building is quite pet-friendly. I have considered that the pet-loving landlords have avoided times of needless drama from tenants who have to come home and take care of something waiting for them. I love to come home to my wife and my cat, as it is the nicest part of every day. Anyone should able to appreciate that if they can find it.

Reinhardt lives in Boyle Street with his wife, Keri Breckenridge.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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