Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blog Guelph: BOO!

Happy Halloweenie!!!

I still can't decide what to wear.....I mean dress up as. I always leave this to the last minute. An artist pal of mine once said that their creative juices flow all year round and then Halloween comes and they draw a blank, literally. I get that.

Have you heard about the great pumpkin promenade over at Lyons Park this year? Save your pumpkins for this great new event on Friday night. Check out this link for more info; http://www.tworiversng.ca/
Imagine hundreds of pumpkins filling the park all glowing with ghosts and zombies wandering around.

Don't forget to have a few food items at the door for the local food banks.

Scare ya later!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: BOO!

Fear in the Forest by Karen Brodie
Fear in the Forest, a photo by Karen Brodie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: BOO!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blog Guelph: Zombiefied

Zombie by thomevered
Zombie, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

I'm fascinated by zombie costumes and appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into dressing up.

This year, I hoped to snag a few photos during the Annual Zombie Walk. I walked the entire route from end to beginning and somehow managed to miss seeing even one. *sniff*

Fortunately, I came across these awesome shots by Thom Evered. If you'd like to see more check out his zombie set on flickr.

Happy Halloween!

Kim

Blog Guelph: Zombiefied

Zombie Child by thomevered
Zombie Child, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Zombiefied

Zombie by thomevered
Zombie, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Blog Guelph: Have You Got Your Umbrella?

Sax In The Rain by peterkelly
Sax In The Rain, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Happy Glum Wet Monday Blog Guelph!

The rain is obviously on my mind. Every time I look at the weather forecast, the rain has been extended for another day.

I can't help but think how wonderful it would have been to have some of this rain sprinkled throughout the summer months.

Have a great week, and hopefully the sun can pop out sooner than later.

Krista

Blog Guelph: Have You Got Your Umbrella?

April Showers by Davey S
April Showers, a photo by Davey S on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Have You Got Your Umbrella?

Walking in the Rain  by John Overmeyer
Walking in the Rain , a photo by John Overmeyer on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Have You Got Your Umbrella?

Rain Is Fun by peterkelly
Rain Is Fun, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Have You Got Your Umbrella?

Umbrella by compscigrad
Umbrella, a photo by compscigrad on Flickr.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blog Guelph: Guelph's Festival of Moving Media (FOMM)


One thing that distinctly brightens my dreaded November is our little jewel of a festival, FOMM. November 1 - 4 next week.

Here's a bit of back story: One of the world's first documentary film festivals, The Guelph International Film Festival (GIFF before TIFF was TIFF!) began in 1984 as a partnership between the Guelph International Research Centre (GIRC) and the Development Education Program of the University of Guelph's Centre for International Programs. Local businesses and City Council also contributed additional sponsorship, as they still do do today, along with many more varied sponsors.

After a brief hiatus, we became the Festival of Moving Media, FOMM.

The Festival continues to screen outstanding documentaries addressing local and international issues. One of the unique aspects of this festival is the opportunity the audience is given to discuss media art and the impact of films and videos after each screening. Many films include a host speaker and discussion after the screening. A large proportion of the films are by donation, keeping the festival affordable for all.

Do check us out this year. November is much nicer sitting huddled together in the dark.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Festival of Moving Media (FOMM)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

A. D. Petrie Building (1882) by thomevered
A. D. Petrie Building (1882), a photo by thomevered on Flickr.


15 Wyndham Street North in Guelph is where the Petrie Building has stood now for 130 years, 1882 - 2012. It's now one of only two buildings left in Canada that has a galvanized iron façade.

Designed by Guelph architect John Day, it was completed for Alexander Bain Petrie, a pharmacist, manufacturer, and businessmen. 

But I really couldn't even begin to recount the history of this building to you. It's been so many things, held so many business, seen so many people come and go, thrived in so many times of prosperity, survived times of scarcity...and it's always, always endured change. 

Much of our historic core is wiped out; gone with the functionalist movement that swept through our city in the 60s and 70s, leaving heavy concrete lines, smooth generalities, soviet style boxes, and rigid angles. A trip through the online Guelph Public Library Archives reveals the depth of our loss. 

But Petrie survived. The building, like the man, is a bit of legacy in Guelph. A survivor...and although it's still standing, it's façade has eroded
 immeasurably. The whole building needs massive restoration. Yet, it's still standing.

One of only two left.

There are people out there vying for this building, people who want to protect it, to save it from "demolition by neglect" as archaeologist and artist David Knight has stated. He has been the leader of a remarkable little group of concerned citizens on Facebook through the Save the Petrie Building page, and now he has curated an astonishing exhibition that will actually take you inside the building for the first time in many years.

The photographs by Dean Palmer are revealing of another time, a window onto our past while yet opening a door onto our present. They speak of old times and yet also the future - the questions we face now, the ones we will surely face in the coming years. 

How do we handle our history? How can we protect it? How can it live with us today?

Why do we need it anyway?

I'll tell you why we need it. We need it because 
societies without history, are like a person without memory. They have no sense of belonging, of integration, no idea about being part of a family, no concept of being part of culture or a community - no sense of home. 

130 years. That's generations of people. Think of how many thousands, how many millions, have walked in the shadow of the Petrie. 

What an incredible legacy. And it's ours. 

So I really hope, you'll give your top hat a dust and join us tomorrow at the one-night only toast to our amazing Petrie Building. Ed Video at 7pm. 

~ Aidan M.D. Ware



Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

006-049-n041 by collations
006-049-n041, a photo by collations on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

Wyndham Street, Guelph by steve colwill
Wyndham Street, Guelph, a photo by steve colwill on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

Petrie #2 by peterkelly
Petrie #2, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: 130 Years, How Many More

Storm Perch by peterkelly
Storm Perch, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Guelph: Rake It Up

Shivering Beeches by BunnySafari
Shivering Beeches, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Good Morning,

Have you noticed that autumn sound yet? You know, the annoying one that wakes you up on a sleepy Sunday morning. The insistent roar of the dreaded leaf blower! How I miss the gentle swish of the old fashioned rake as it calmly collects piles of autumnal gold. For me it is a soothing accompaniment, until I realize that while I have been enjoying the sounds of a neighbor's hard labor, I should be doing the same.

Beware the camouflaged 'surprises' left behind by your faithful chums in the garden, I have been fooled by many piles of 'leaves'.
Stepping in dog poo rates just as aggravating as the leaf blower in my books.

Enjoy the foliage!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Rake It Up

Orange Gloves by p_vision
Orange Gloves, a photo by p_vision on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Rake It Up

Fall leaves with rain by crisscrossgirl
Fall leaves with rain, a photo by crisscrossgirl on Flickr.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blog Guelph: Rainy days

colourful music by D J England
colourful music, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

I really don't mind rainy days. Thunder and lightning put me on edge but days like today, where there's nothing but rain, I find rather soothing. 

Knowing that most of you prefer sunshine, the rainy day photos I've chosen to feature each convey a sense of warmth and brightness... a promise of sunshine.

I hope you enjoy them.

Kim

Blog Guelph: Rainy days

Rain on Highway 401 by firda
Rain on Highway 401, a photo by firda on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Rainy days

Brief Glimpse of the Sun by p_vision
Brief Glimpse of the Sun, a photo by p_vision on Flickr.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Blog Guelph: Remembering Dad

Krista, Kari and Dad by Krista Kruger
Krista, Kari and Dad, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Happy Monday Blog Guelph.

Today has been a rough one for me. It was 7 years ago today my Dad passed away. In the blink of an eye, he fell of the face of the earth.

A sudden, massive heart attack stole him from us. My sister. My brother. Me.

He was just 52 years old, and even though he always warned us "one day I won't be here", we never thought it would be so soon.

Every year, this day is hard. Very hard. In fact, it may be the hardest day of the year.

I seem to save all my grief and all my emotion for this day. And still, when it comes, I try to hold it in. Generally, I can cope a little better every year... but today was not a good one.

My heart is heavy, and my eyes are full of tears. I know we all grieve differently, but sometimes I wish I could let it out on other days too. Little bursts of grief, instead of full blown despair.

I've accepted that the hurt will never be gone. Today, more than anything, I wish I could have one more hour with my Dad. A chance to tell him I love him, and want to make him proud. A chance to hear him sternly call me "Krista Lynn" again. A chance to get just one more hug from him.

If you can, make sure you call your Dad today, and tell him that you love him. Better yet, if you can give you Dad a hug, do it and hold him tight.

I would give anything to hug mine just one more time.

Krista

Blog Guelph: Remembering Dad

Joy by kellyhughes1970
Joy, a photo by kellyhughes1970 on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Remembering Dad

Bonding by thomevered
Bonding, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Remembering Dad

A Yummy Day with Dad by Karen Brodie
A Yummy Day with Dad, a photo by Karen Brodie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Remembering Dad

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Guelph: Storytelling


The most accomplished stories for me are the ones that are difficult to tell, tricky to read. Uncompromising.

“Write the story that you were always afraid to tell. I swear to you that there is magic in it, and if you show yourself naked for me, I'll be naked for you. It will be our covenant” says Dorothy Allison.

I've been following the very real life storytelling of our friend Sue Richards on Facebook of late. Reading with heartbreak and laughter. 
Compassion and love.
I'm rapt.

This is Sue's Blog - her baby. She gives the rest of us an opportunity to post our own tales - versions of our truths as we see and feel them.

I want to thank Sue for that, and for so much else. For baring her soul. And for reaching out. 

She's one of the bravest people I've ever met.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Storytelling


QT SUE, originally uploaded by Brian from Guelph.

Blog Guelph: Storytelling


Blog Guelph: Storytelling


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Guelph: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Global Change #2 by peterkelly
Global Change #2, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.


"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts." 
~ Albert Einstein

I was at the talk on Tuesday given by environmental activist, David Suzuki, and former Chief Economist with CIBC World Markets, Jeff Rubin, here in Guelph.

The discussion was not one of optimism and nor should it be considering that we've taken every opportunity as a species to turn away from consequences such as air and water pollution, overpopulation, global warming, species extinction, ozone depletion, acid rain, and rainforest destruction, among many others.

As of October 17, 2012 the world human population was estimated to be 7.046 billion by the United States Census Bureau. The estimates for the carrying capacity of the Earth are between 4 billion and 16 billion people.

So, don’t you think it’s time we started counting the things that really matter, and not just counting our money?

In his book Everything Under the Sun Suzuki points out that corporations are running governments at all levels. And I know this is because we are on a precipice – at the foot of an economic cliff with capitalism pushing us to the fall. We are in the throws of a dramatic capitalist failure, with our natural resources running out, and just as quickly, our time running out.

In this situation, I would hope that we would be looking for creative solutions to our problems from our communities. That we would be learning as much as we can from what people have to say everywhere – whether that’s through a Film called Tapped about the water-bottling industry, or through investigating alternatives for population growth in our city rather than just unquestioningly complying with globalization models that have so-far gotten other cities nowhere but into a much deeper state of corporate dependency. Guelph believes in eating local, buying local, supporting local. This autonomy is what could ensure our survival and indeed our prosperity, but not if we are pushed onto the cattle truck of a corporate capitalist mandate to homogenize culture across Ontario, Canada, and the world.

Globalization. It’s a huge problem. It’s the McDonald’s you see in the middle of a desert in Egypt, in the Philippine mountains, and even in Ethiopia. It’s the high-rise in Barrie, Ontario that looks just like the one in Guelph.

Yes, it’s here in our backyard.

It’s not the time to close the gates and bar the windows – it’s time to open them up and look out. To start talking, to encourage all perspectives, to support creative community thinking.

It’s time to count what matters and to make it count.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware



Blog Guelph: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Black, white, blue by steve colwill
Black, white, blue, a photo by steve colwill on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Downtown Goose by dsills
Downtown Goose, a photo by dsills on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Blog Guelph: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Walking on the Moon by ade barnett
Walking on the Moon, a photo by ade barnett on Flickr.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blog Guelph: Out of My Gourd

Stroms by Bruce Shapka
Stroms, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Good Morning!

While the day may be dreary, Dearie, I send you on your merry way with these cheery images.

As I type this it is before 7am in the morning. It is still dark outside! How rude. This is too early for me. I really must be out of my gourd!

With that, I say adieu!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Out of My Gourd

Stroms by Bruce Shapka
Stroms, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Out of My Gourd

Stroms by Bruce Shapka
Stroms, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Out of My Gourd

Stroms by Bruce Shapka
Stroms, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Out of My Gourd

Stroms by Bruce Shapka
Stroms, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Guelph: Catography

Streeeeeetch by ICT_photo
Streeeeeetch, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

I've always enjoyed the company of cats and am glad to have  Kenzie and Nyx, in my life. I adopted them from a rescue group about 5 and half years ago. Kenzie had been found wandering the streets of Hamilton when she was just 3 weeks old, and Nyx and her frightened siblings were found abandoned in a box. Now they're living the lives of contented indoor cats.

I've taken tons of photos of Kenzie and Nyx but none as cool as this series of kitten shots by Ian Thomas. They're Humane Society kittens who hopefully also found great homes... as indoor cats.

Why am I emphasizing "indoor"? Well, it's safer. I walk a lot and see way too many lost cat posters. And recently an  information bulletin was posted on the City's website which states:
"In anticipation of an increase in coyote sightings, the Guelph Humane Society and the City of Guelph are reminding residents to supervise small children and dogs playing outdoors and keep cats inside." 
I hope everyone will heed this warning.

Kim

Note: I think dogs are awesome too, having grown up with a great dane and a blind australian shephard. Cats are just better suited to my lifestyle. :)

Blog Guelph: Catography

Breakin' by ICT_photo
Breakin', a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Catography

DSC_5572 by ICT_photo
DSC_5572, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: Autumn Colours

Preservation Park by kim/ber
Preservation Park, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Happy Monday Blog Guelph!

It has been a long busy one.

I picked some pictures full of the amazing Autumn colours that are all around us right now.

There is something so soothing about them. Even though the temperatures are dropping, there is a warmth in the colours.

Bright yellows, rich reds and fiery oranges seem to be everywhere. This colour palette provided a bright spot even during today's bleak and miserable rain.

Make the most of this week, and get out and enjoy these colours. They will soon be gone.

See you all next week!

Krista

Blog Guelph: Autumn Colours

Autum Transitioning by rubberschmuckie
Autum Transitioning, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Autumn Colours

fallen leaves by kim/ber
fallen leaves, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Autumn Colours

To Autumn by Sadie Currie
To Autumn, a photo by Sadie Currie 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.