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DEAR BODY

Now that we are good friends
Now that we have been
To the edge of life and death and back together
I want you to know
I am sorry I ever called you names
That I didn’t appreciate your beauty
That instead of calling you a miracle
I called you weak
I was wrong
You are the gift I get to keep my whole life
And I would not trade you for anything

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Personal Histories: Amanda Wood

It’s hard to wait two weeks between these interviews, and I’ve been especially impatient to share Amanda Wood’s story with you all. Amanda shares her experiences growing up multi-racial and multi-cultural in the Okanagan, and how she navigated her identity over the years as she attempted to find her place personally and in her community. Amanda is a textile artist living, and working, in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband and two children. She is passionate about sharing art-making with others, and as a teaching artist with kids and adults, she works on making a creative space for all kinds of learners. Her work has been shown across Canada, and has also appeared in Uppercase Magazine and in the book Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. Say hello to Amanda, and don’t be shy to chat in the comments!

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G DAY Vancouver: Supporting Girls and their Champions

G Day takes place on Friday October 20th, 2017 at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, BC. The day-long event – the fourth to take place in Vancouver – is expected to draw up to 150 girls aged 10-12 and 100 adult Champions in an intergenerational community celebration of girls as they are, celebrating and empowering girls as they transition from childhood into adolescence. Continue Reading

People of Vancouver – Rachel Ricketts

Grief. Shock. Horror. If you, like I do, reach for your phone each morning to read the news with a huge sense of looming dread, terrified to read what’s happened over night, which small step forward was dismantled, who’s been hurt, ignored, and mistreated by a sociopathic president to the south, extremists, and those enabling it all through silence, ignorance, and apathy. If you’ve been in a constant state of “WHAT THE F*CK” and “HOW?” and “WHEN WILL THIS END?!” this past year, you’re not alone. If the questions of “what do I do and how?” have been gnawing at your brain, then read on. Today’s RAD Person of Vancouver is not only an amazing, woke AF woman (cause she is), she’s a Grief Coach, Death Doula, Intuitive Coach, Writer, “Recovering Lawyer”, and Fierce Feminist.  Continue Reading

An Abdication of Responsibility 

I wrote a story last week and sent it to my editor, knowing she’s going to have mixed feelings, and prefaced with the following:

“The story follows Nye over a series of years where she grows angrier and angrier with the injustice, and the inability of anyone to put an end to what she believes to be a wholly unfair act. When she can no longer sit idle to the power structure her people enable, she resists the status quo and decides to put an end to this inured custom.”

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Ambition

All my previous posts for Peaks and Harbours have been about life side of work-life balance. I was reflecting on this, and think I tend to talk more about my kids than my work partly because it’s a more relatable thing to talk about. But also, parts of my work are super boring, and it’s hard to spice up the hours I spend trying to remove all superfluous adverbs from my writing, or reading lengthy statutes.

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