McCauley Musings

Light in the Darkness

Finding the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” can be difficult when we are surrounded by darkness. “Darkness” in this context can be defined not only in the literal sense of shorter days and colder temperatures, but also the sadness and evil that often surrounds us.

It’s been a rough few months for me and many people I know, especially those who have lost loved ones. Our community (and this paper) recently lost a beloved member, Garry Spotowski, so suddenly and unexpectedly.

I write this in the wake of a violent event on September 30 which affected much of the area, forcing people to stay in their homes while a suspect was pursued by police. Just the next day, the news resonated with a mass shooting in Las Vegas with victims that included people from Alberta.

At the vigil held on October 1 at City Hall following the Edmonton incident, one of the speakers quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Love is light. Love brings people together. Hate divides. I, like others, began to witness some very hateful sentiments expressed on social media after the suspect in Edmonton was caught. I also saw posts expressing unity, hope, and love.

When we hold on to love, our departed friends and family are still with us. We work towards solving the issues that underly hatred and violence. And, we become a part of the light that brightens the darkness.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Viphalay Celebrates 10 Years in McCauley – Lily Mounma of Viphalay cuts a cake during the restaurant’s celebration of its tenth anniversary of its McCauley location at the end of September. The restaurant is located at 10724 95 Street. Janis Irwin

  • Harvest Market and Movie in the Park – On September 30, Giovanni Caboto Park was transformed into a Harvest Market during the day, with a variety of goods and crafts for sale, as well as entertainment. In the evening, the park became an outdoor movie theatre, with the film “Life is Beautiful” shown on a large screen. The events were organized by the Viva Italia group. Leif Gregersen

  • Teresa Spinelli Receives Alumni Award  – Italian Centre owner and McCauley resident Teresa Spinelli received an Alumni Honour Award from the University of Alberta on September 25. She is pictured receiving the award from University of Alberta President and Vice Chancellor David H. Turpin. Akemi Matsubuchi Photography

  • Harvest Market and Movie in the Park – On September 30, Giovanni Caboto Park was transformed into a Harvest Market during the day, with a variety of goods and crafts for sale, as well as entertainment. In the evening, the park became an outdoor movie theatre, with the film “Life is Beautiful” shown on a large screen. The events were organized by the Viva Italia group. Leif Gregersen

  • Harvest Market and Movie in the Park – On September 30, Giovanni Caboto Park was transformed into a Harvest Market during the day, with a variety of goods and crafts for sale, as well as entertainment. In the evening, the park became an outdoor movie theatre, with the film “Life is Beautiful” shown on a large screen. The events were organized by the Viva Italia group. Leif Gregersen

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