Ability and Community

Spring Forward!

_“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”- Emily Dickinson (American Poet, 1830– 1886)_

SPRING FORWARD! Two of my favorite seasonal words! Winter will soon be a distant memory, while spring is like waking up after a long nap, let the growth begin!

I love the first day I can open my windows and get a comforting breeze, arising to a sun filled sky and hearing birds chirp! Every season has its characteristics, but spring, being the prelude to summer, gives me a feeling of joy, more time outdoors, and fresh smells. I don’t even mind a spring rain shower!

You will start seeing advertisements for more outdoor events and festivals. Edmonton keeps going year-round. Nothing stops us. Gardening will start to happen. As the ground thaws, the planting begins!

Winter does have a lot to offer, but spring is our reward that we get to spend more comfortable time outdoors.

And of course, there is the “spring cleaning.” If you feel the need, declutter and donate! Many agencies are in need, and pick-up or drop-off options are offered. You can find a lot of information at http://donate.inclusionalberta.org

So, open a window, take a deep breath of fresh air, and give kudos to Mother Nature!

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Historical Plaque for Mint Health + Drugs – This plaque was presented to Mint Health + Drugs by the City of Edmonton’s Historical Board in February, recognizing and award- ing the work done by restoring the historical Phyllis Grocery building that the pharmacy now occupies. It will be installed on the building this spring. Cole Mondor

  • Hundreds Attend Rally After Verdict Announced in Murder Trial – Approximately 200 people gathered outside of EPS headquarters on February 10 to protest the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, in the 2016 shooting death of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man, on Stanley’s property. Similar protests happened in other cities across the country. Paula E. Kirman

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