Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Guelph: Take a Bow

C'mon Spring, pull yourself together. This is getting downright embarrassing.
Now that I've got that niggler off my chest, I can carry on and tell you about some wondrous events of note to be felt in your core, in the core throughout the weekend. Some very creative excellence coming from our University up on the hill.
First off is ICASP - Improvisation, Community and Social Practice:, will be holding a symposium at 10 Carden entitled, Improvisation is Something We Live. "Blending performance and discussion, this symposium will investigate the ways in which improvisation, in its many incarnations as part of hip hop culture, can be a survival strategy for members of marginalized populations, a way to work beyond conventional limits of cultural, social, and political life".

Secondly, we have a continuation of performances by students from the Theatre Department at the Uni entertaining us with a few dynamic offerings:
Guelph EXPOsure takes place Friday AND Saturday.
Please Stand By, which goes at 5 p.m. in St. George’s Square, is “an interactive interpretation of reality versus its presentation in the media".
At 6 p.m., The Happy Traveler Café at 40 Carden St. is the site of a show called Pass the Props. It includes songs, dance, skits, monologues and audience discussion.
The Guelph Ghost Walk, which leaves from city hall at 7 p.m., is a one-hour tour of downtown Guelph “where believers will be proven right and doubters will doubt no more".

Now this event is not downtown specific, but we're hoping for everyone's participation. Guelph GIG is having another Lights out Relay for Earth Hour ,
"Earth Hour is a time for our community to come together to show its commitment to reducing our energy use. Last year during Earth Hour, Guelph doubled the reduction in energy use from the year before. This year we can do the same! Please register to let us know whether you plan to turn out your lights for Earth Hour or participate in the Guelph Lights Out Relay. Together we can make Guelph a conservation leader!
There's more. There's always more....this is truly the City that never sleeps.
A nickel for your thoughts?
-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Take a Bow

Blog Guelph: Take a Bow

Dancer 01 , originally uploaded by John Q6.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Guelph: Stand Back

Big Sky by BunnySafari
Big Sky, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Sometimes we just have to stand back.

You might journey a thousand miles to be one thing to someone. 
You might put your heart on the line for a moment.
You might offer your hand for a moment.
You might share your thoughts for a second.
But lots of times, you just have to stand back.

I’m not sure this is a good thing. But it is what we do. And sometimes it gives us perspective to stand back, other times we do it because we feel we don’t matter. Sometimes it’s because we want to see the big picture, but other times it’s because we feel lost in that picture.

Yes, we stand up sometimes.

But mostly, we stand back.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

If you want to take a stand, I hope you’ll join the 2012 Earth Hour this coming Saturday, March 31, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Please turn off your lights and unplug all electrical devices.

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in partnership with Guelph Environmental Leadership will be creating an environmental light display at the corner of Gordon and College in the Sculpture Park. Check it out during Earth Hour.

Blog Guelph: Stand Back

Blog Guelph: Stand Back

Blog Guelph: Stand Back

DSC_4921 by DaShef
DSC_4921, a photo by DaShef on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Stand Back

Sunset on the speed by woodygraphs
Sunset on the speed, a photo by woodygraphs on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog Guelph: Misty Morn

Misty Morn by Alan Norsworthy
Misty Morn, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.
Good Morning!

I couldn't decide this morning. Both of these images from Alan Norsworthy caught my eye today. I really appreciate that Alan is up early in the morning to take these quiet moments because I am not an early riser.

Alan also captures the beauty and serenity of the Ignatius Centre in Guelph, a gem on the edges of the city. There are walking and skiing trails, a CSA and an old growth forest. If you have need to quiet your mind while listening to birdsong, I can highly recommend a labyrinth or two to be found on the grounds. Here is a link.

Enjoy the day!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Fencepost and Milkweed

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Guelph: path by the river

path by the river, originally uploaded by kim/ber.

Top of the Tuesday to you my friends.

A dear friend sent me this wonderful poem that speaks beautifully to the pioneering spirit and the innocence that often surrounds change. Who are the calves of our community and what paths are they carving out for future generations?

The Calf Path
by Sam Walter Foss
(1858 - 1911)

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.

Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bellwether sheep
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bellwethers always do.

And from that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ’twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed — do not laugh —
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.

The years passed on in swiftness fleet.
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city’s crowded thoroughfare,
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed that zigzag calf about,
And o’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They follow still his crooked way,
And lose one hundred years a day,
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

A moral lesson this might teach
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.

They keep the path a sacred groove,
Along which all their lives they move;
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah, many things this tale might teach —
But I am not ordained to preach.


Be well.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Boardwalk

Boardwalk, originally uploaded by felixtrio.

Blog Guelph: old bridge Barber Scout Camp

Blog Guelph: Walking in the shadows

Walking in the shadows, originally uploaded by kim/ber.

Blog Guelph: Buggy & Bridge

Buggy & Bridge , originally uploaded by John Q6.

Blog Guelph: growing up

growing up, originally uploaded by faveravephotography.

Blog Guelph: Out for a walk

Out for a walk, originally uploaded by ~Stingrays~.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Shattered Dreams by Krista Kruger
Shattered Dreams, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Happy Monday... Late Monday!

GRAWR to computer issues.

This past week, I had the chance to shoot at a couple of abandoned homes. This was a first for me, and I really enjoyed it.

One of the places was pretty trashed and still full of so much stuff. It is eye opening, and a little heartbreaking. It makes you question what could make someone leave in that much of a hurry. It seemed like everything was left behind. You could feel the forgotten dreams and life left behind. Truly heartbreaking.

The second place was my favorite. So full of potential. It was the kind of place you could sit in and dream of everything it could be. I have to go back... I have to take more time there.

Do any of you shoot at abandoned places? How does the scenery make you feel?

See you all next week,


Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned  by GFG Photos
Abandoned , a photo by GFG Photos on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned Farm by thomevered
Abandoned Farm, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Green Peel by peterkelly
Green Peel, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

_MG_2128 by Elisha Jesudason
_MG_2128, a photo by Elisha Jesudason on Flickr.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Blog Guelph: Magnolias & Tombstones

Magnolias & Tombstones, originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

Everyone likes a Friday, non? No matter the weather or the political climate or general state of affairs, it just feels good and sounds like freedom.

Just like that, another Fourth Friday comes rolling around tonight to fill you with Downtown Love. Visit the still shiny new Museum, or the Whitestone Gallery, Wyndham Art Supplies, The Casual many delightful venues to spark the creative community soul in you.

Now I know it's downright chilly today at a mere 16 degrees, but let's remember it's still March people. And because I love and appreciate Bunny ever so, her lovely shot of magnolias is our One Shot Wonder today. A great reminder that we are always living and dying, and growing anew. Even when things are all a-kilter.

March Fourth!

-Downtown Lynn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Guelph: Do You Care About Guelph?

Looking Down Cooperators Hill, Macdonell by Aidan M.D. Ware

Not everyone is going to agree with this Blog and I invite discussion.

But as someone who cares about this beautiful, historic city that I call home, I would not be a good citizen if I were to turn my back and close my eyes to what I feel are the very real and problematic issues that are facing its future - particularly with regard to the construction of high-rise, high-density buildings in the downtown core.

And I know I’m not the only one who strongly disagrees with plans for vertical construction on Macdonell and elsewhere. To those people who care about our city, please talk and learn about this as much as possible. Attend meetings when you can (there is a meeting tonight on public space at 7pm at City Hall).  Read Susan Ratcliffe’s article

The new skating rink at city hall declares it is “for the children of Guelph.” Well, what if some day our children look down the gentle slope of Macdonell and they can’t see towards the river that helped found this city because the view is blinded by walls? What if they look up but they can’t see the sun on the Cathedral because it’s blocked by concrete? What if they play in shadows because the sky is obscured by towers?

What will our children say of us then?  Is this our legacy to them?
-        A legacy that no skating rink or park will ever make right again?

This is the future that we are meeting. We have to decide who we are going to be now.

We live in Guelph because it’s not Toronto. We love Guelph because it’s grassroots. We believe in organic farming and eating local. We invest in being authentic.

I really don’t understand why businesses that make money off of these ideals would support this initiative. And I can point to several. Unless all they are truly interested in is money.

I ask you. Do they really care about Guelph? Do they care about how our community’s children will grow up? Or are they most interested in their bottom-line? Will they be buying one of these condominiums? 

Guelph does not need to sell out, to obliterate its heritage, in order to be a thriving and successful community. Stratford is a great example of how we can choose quality over quantity. We need to build on our creative community, foster our historic, agricultural, and environmental roots – to make these the pillars of our community – not a bunch of people stacked in concrete slabs.

Futhermore, people should shop downtown because the downtown offers unique products, food, and services – not because they’re trapped there.

Who and what we are will be gone if we adopt the plans for building skyward and then we will be no different than the others. Worse still, we will be hypocrites – talking about organic farming and ‘eating local’ and heritage, all the while selling off the heart of our city to the next flash of the cash.

This is not the path to revitalization. Vitality comes from within – from being spiritual, creative, authentic, and caring.

And to all those people who are making money off of the whole “anti-establishment”, “local” food, back-to-the-land movements, and “hippie” culture - you better be prepared to pay the price for supporting this idea when the soul of our community is sold to developers. Has anyone looked at Yorkville lately?

That’s what selling out gets you, man. Not cool. From a thriving, creative place boasting numerous great shops including the famous Riverboat coffeehouse that launched talents like Gordon Lightfoot - Yorkville was the center of Toronto artistry and culture. Now it is an empty shell of a place with no character. That’s gentrification folks.

So I, for one, will stand against this.

Guelph is more than home to me. It’s a place where I’ve found happiness, friends, belonging, and a deep and rich community. It has big skies and a beautiful history.

Please protect it.


~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Do You Care About Guelph?

Cathedral at Dawn by Aidan M.D. Ware
Cathedral at Dawn, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Do You Care About Guelph?

Carden and Wyndham by Aidan M.D. Ware
Carden and Wyndham, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Do You Care About Guelph?

Wyndham Street by Aidan M.D. Ware
Wyndham Street, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Do You Care About Guelph?

The Ties That Bind by Aidan M.D. Ware
The Ties That Bind, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Guelph: Be Resilient

Happy Spring!

How are your sprouts? Has anyone else started sowing seeds for your backyard garden or window box bounty? Not sure how to do that or where to start? I just happen to know of something happening this weekend here in Guelph that would be a tremendous help. The Resilience Festival, held this Saturday at St. George's Church, Mitchell Hall is your ticket to knowledge. Here is the handy-dandy website for more details.

Other topics will include workshops concerning climate change, solar power, and how to be more resilient in a changing climate. There will be a 'stuff-swap' too! 

Enjoy the day!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Be Resilient

Blog Guelph: Be Resilient

Harvesting the Basil by BunnySafari
Harvesting the Basil, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Be Resilient

Greenhouse Frame by Violet Brown
Greenhouse Frame, a photo by Violet Brown on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Be Resilient

Snowdrops and Bee 2 by Violet Brown
Snowdrops and Bee 2, a photo by Violet Brown on Flickr.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Guelph: Macdonell and Norfolk

Macdonell&Norfolk by rubberschmuckie
Macdonell&Norfolk, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.
Just a few shiny Guelph shots for a summeresque Tuesday. I'm covering for Sue today - which is always a nice reminder to check out what's new on the blog Guelph flickr pages!

Blog Guelph: Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill by Sadie Currie
Kim Churchill, a photo by Sadie Currie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Flying Fish

Flying Fish by Glooscap
Flying Fish, a photo by Glooscap on Flickr.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Blog Guelph: Spring Fever

bench by the river by kim/ber
bench by the river, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with all the amazing warm weather.

I wanted to put up a shot that really depicted how wonderful it is outside.

Doesn't this one just say it all?

It makes me want to get outside and soak up some of that sun. Make you you get out for a bit and ENJOY!

See you all next week!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Guelph: Go For It

Vigne Amoungst Trees by Sadie Currie
Vigne Amoungst Trees, a photo by Sadie Currie on Flickr.

Friday Greetings,

As suggested by our gal Friday, Ms Lynn, I think I found the perfect 'Gem of the Day'. It is the weekend people! Get your game face on, paint it green if you are Irish or multi-coloured to celebrate living in a multicultural society.

Give yourself permission to release your inner extrovert and have a happy, crazy weekend.

Bunny Safari

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

Glacial Kettle Lake, Awenda by Aidan M.D. Ware

Having heart means a lot of things. Pursuing hope. Holding courage. Handling obstacles.  Having strength. Hunting happiness.

But sometimes, you don’t find heart. When looking into the vitreous hourglass of time or scanning the faded coffee stained road map of your life, you sometimes feel you’ve lost heart. That the core of what you know and where you belong is somehow wiped out.

So how do you handle that? How do you find heart?

Everyone is so different. But I have to say I find heart in nature. Out in the backcountry on the trail to nowhere, with the sound of tree frogs and crickets, the rustle of wind at the top of old white pines, the scent of dogwood drifting on the soft pine-needle floor, the effervescent forest shadows shifting on the slopes of a mossy ridge.

If I feel down, the glacial rocks will hold me up. If I can’t find my place, the cool north waters of Georgian Bay will show me.  If I feel alone, the trees will shelter me.

I have never loved so much as in those moments. I have never felt like I belonged anywhere more than when I’m out on the expanse of the wild nowhere.

With my feet in an old glacial lake or on the hot trough of a sand dune, I don’t need to be anybody at all. I offer myself only as a vagrant watcher, an unremarkable addition to the spectacle of the natural world – just a bit of dust blowing on the chess board or at the water’s edge and onto another trail.

In the grass as in the snow, in the rain and the fog, in the rock and shifting sunlight, in the colours of dawn as at the sinking of sun, and in the drama of shadows and waterways…

 I find heart.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware


Also, take heart in the many amazing things going on Guelph! Today at 4pm MacStew is opening an exhibition by the venerable and fantastic Suzy Lake. Please join if you are free! Also, if you are like me and love to be outside or learn about all that is outside, do check out the Arboretum's ongoing workshops. Upcoming on March 23 is a session on creating ecological vegetable gardens. 

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

November Green by Aidan M.D. Ware
November Green, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

Shadows on the Leaves by Aidan M.D. Ware
Shadows on the Leaves, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Finding Heart

Portal by Aidan M.D. Ware
Portal, a photo by Aidan M.D. Ware on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blog Guelph: Different View

Across from Van Gogh's Ear by felixtrio
Across from Van Gogh's Ear, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Good Morning!

For those of you who didn't travel to 'warmer' climates, aren't we enjoying our tropical weather here in Guelph? I won't put away my winter boots just yet, you can't fool me. My hallway does look a little strange with clunky snowboots, sidled up next to flip flops.

I invite you to let your eyes wander over Felixtrio's pinhole photography collection today. Talk about 'old school', he made his camera. You may have seen him about, standing in front of a wooden box on a tripod for what may seem ages in this digital age.

Have a fabulous day!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Different View

Catholic Hill by felixtrio
Catholic Hill, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Different View

Church of Our Lady by felixtrio
Church of Our Lady, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Different View

Blog Guelph: Different View

Carden Street by felixtrio
Carden Street, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Different View

Pinhole Camera 4x5 by felixtrio
Pinhole Camera 4x5, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.