Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Guelph: Walk this way

Trail through the trees by @klawrenc
Trail through the trees, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

There are so many great places to walk - in and just outside of - Guelph. I grew up in the country and love that I have the option of walking on a trail by the river to work, and that I live near some amazing locations. 

On this, the eve of the May Health Challenge, I've decided to share my five favourite places to walk.

  1. The Arboretum - at the University of Guelph, especially Wild Goose Woods / Swamp
  2. Preservation Park, a 27 hectare urban forest on Kortright that connects with the Hanlon Creek Conservation area
  3. Ignatius Jesuit Centre - walking trails and naturalized areas
  4. Guelph Lake Conservation Area - trails and a man-made lake. GORBA's trail map is a great resource.
  5. Eramosa River Trail - follows the river from the Timber Bridge to Victoria Road.   
More information on Guelph and area trails is available on Guelph Area Trails and from the City of Guelph.

If you have a great place to recommend, please leave a comment!

- Kim

Blog Guelph: Walk this way

The Runner by Bruce Shapka
The Runner, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Walk this way

Arboretum Bridge by peterkelly
Arboretum Bridge, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Walk this way

Speed River Walking Bridge by hpulley
Speed River Walking Bridge, a photo by hpulley on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Walk this way

Lazy Days Are Here by Krista Kruger
Lazy Days Are Here, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Guelph: Hillside Happy

Enjoy by K.Jane
Enjoy, a photo by K.Jane on Flickr.

Happy Music Monday! With the amazing Hillside line-up for this year just announced, I selected pictures and music today to remind you how much fun we have to look forward to this summer.

Many of you will know Aimee Charbonneau from her Sacred Circle Herbs tent at Hillside Festival or her table at the market. This summer, she might surprise you with her talents on display in a new clothing line, Sylph.

Today, I hope she surprises you with her beautiful voice, honest and profound songwriting and diverse musical ability, including accordion, guitar, harmonies and even shaker.  Given her cheerful, upbeat, social character, you might also be surprised to hear the themes of loneliness in her tunes, but they're beautiful songs, and I  know you want to hear them.  Here and now, and maybe even around a campfire at Hillside Festival?
Kim Logue-like-vogue. 

Blog Guelph: Hillside Happy

One left by K.Jane
One left, a photo by K.Jane on Flickr.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog Guelph: The Bookshelf

Bookshelf, originally uploaded by Bruce Shapka.

Happy Fourth Friday, Guelph.

I'd like to give a big slap on the back to The Bookshelf today, in their 40th year of existence.

The Bookshelf has shifted and grown, largely with changes in the publishing industry over the years, and yet instead of being daunted by big box bookstores and economic downturns, it rallies on strongly.

A family owned independent, The Bookshelf has marched to its own drummer and thrived by continually redefining the space, and shaping itself as a true hub of Guelph arts & culture downtown.

Happy Anniversary year to the "bookstore that shows movies. A cinema that serves dinner. A resto-bar that launches books"

-Downtown Lynn

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blog Guelph:N'ice

N'ice by BunnySafari
N'ice, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Greetings, Fine People!

Spring, spring, where are you? Are you hiding somewhere? Please come back and warm us all up. Check your calender and you will see that it is nearly time for May flowers, not more snow showers!!

Just when I thought it was time to put away the mittens and toques....

Bunny Safari 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog Guelph: MayHealth - all the cool kids are doing it

apples by personality_dialysis
apples, a photo by personality_dialysis on Flickr.

If you’re in Guelph and on twitter you might have heard about May Health (also known as  #mayhealth… a month-long challenge started a couple of years ago by local chiropractors, Dr. Mark Kubert and Dr. Julie Gill. 

According to their blog, the event centres around two ideas: 

  1. Small changes in health habits can make a big difference, and
  2. When people come together to encourage and support one another, both in real life and online, the sense of camaraderie that forms is a powerful and positive motivator.
I agree, and plan to participate again this year... just need to settle on a challenge!

The event’s free, and open to anyone, so think about being a joiner. Refer to Mark’s blog post for details and some great ideas for challenges. 

Be cool! (and healthy)

- Kim

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog Guelph: Let's Go Dancing

Splash Dance by downtownlynn
Splash Dance, a photo by downtownlynn on Flickr.

Happy Music Monday!  In today's picture, I am asking the question, do you do enough dancing?

Now a resident of Guelph, Preetam Sengupta has a marvellous tune called Let's Go Dancing that is worth knowing...  But I've yet to spot him on a dancefloor in our town.  Is that because I don't go out enough or that he doesn't? 

Do you?

I'm guessing we should all let our spirits move more.  And that we all also need more tender, fragile, ethereal odes like he offers, more melodic, hopeful storytelling with a touch of melancholy. So I'm suggesting a listen....  

I follow his facebook page for news like this:  "i think my favourite shows are those that i get to play for students. called "smile for change," i talk to them about issues that pertain to them, ways they can overcome these issues, and how each one of them (us) has the ability to evoke change, to make a difference in the world."

Preetam hopes his style of music and performance might lead him to festival stages down the road, and he looks forward to making new friends along the way.

So, let's get dancing!

-- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Friday, April 19, 2013

Blog Guelph: Oxymora

Guelph F 15d, originally uploaded by John Q6.

His honour rooted in dishonour stood,
And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Your one shot wonder for Friday.

These are oppressive times.

-Lynn Broughton

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blog Guelph: Look in the Mirror

Mirror Mirror by ARebbs
Mirror Mirror, a photo by ARebbs on Flickr.

Why are some people cruel or hurtful?

Why are there bullies out there seeking the pain of others?
Why do some people put others down, try to hold them down, try to keep them down?
Why are some people negative towards the accomplishments of others?

The truth is, I don't know. I just don't know.

I don't understand the need to criticize out of jealousy or fear. I don't understand those that think it's okay to be rude or hurtful to others. I don't accept bullies. I reject that negativity. 

Sometimes, in life, people will try to tell you that you are less than what you are. Never listen.

Understand that they are actually scared, not confident; that they are grasping, not strong.

Many of us will encounter bullies in our lifetime. People that would criticize rather then support, offer insult rather than praise, act vicious rather than compassionate. And often, even when you are good to them.

These people are weak. Worse, they are troubled.

Bullying is not acceptable - nowhere, by no one.  

To the bullies of the world, I say LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

Do you really like what you see?

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Look in the Mirror

Untitled by Drew_Skis
Untitled, a photo by Drew_Skis on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Look in the Mirror

Reflection by NotT00Shabby
Reflection, a photo by NotT00Shabby on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Look in the Mirror

Door And Mirror by peterkelly
Door And Mirror, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blog Guelph: Rise & Sunshine

Sunrise in the woods by Alan Norsworthy
Sunrise in the woods, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Good Morning!

No time to hesitate this morning, as I have a very important date with my laundry line. Nothing, and I mean nothing beats the smell of laundry that has been sun kissed and caressed by the wind. This is the one task I do not mind doing. I look at the act of hanging up laundry as a meditation. The same applies when I fold everything up, without rush.

The only drawback is the scratchy towels which the others in my house do not seem to appreciate. I have been trying to convince them that it is a great way to exfoliate.

Have a grand day!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Rise & Sunshine

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

Blog Gueph: Rise & Sunshine

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blog Guelph: Words to live by

december 5, 2009 sunrise by fishwithme55
december 5, 2009 sunrise, a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; 
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; 
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; 
many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. 
Neither be cynical about love; 
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. 
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. 
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

Blog Guelph: Words to live by

Tomorrow Means Nothing by Krista Kruger
Tomorrow Means Nothing, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Words to live by

silent night I by NaturesEssence
silent night I, a photo by NaturesEssence on Flickr.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Guelph: Crimson

Iced in - EXPLORE 12.04.2013 by @klawrenc
Iced in - EXPLORE 12.04.2013, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Tricia Brubacher is as sweet at the Maple Syrup at the Festival that just passed in nearby Elmira, and where she performed this year, and I've decided that's close enough to Guelph to call her a local artist for this Music Monday!

Born and raised in Elmira, this passionate vocalist and now songwriter has been singing since childhood.  She performs a blend of folk, rock and blues has an ear for harmony and was once best known for her talent to collaborate with many musical artists in the region.

She's recently released an EP called Crimson, recorded with James Gordon, that you want to hear.  She has a strong yet tender, sweet but clear voice and accompanies herself on her songs with both guitar and ukulele.  She is also gifted with covers, and you can hear some of those on her myspace page, or enjoy a hint of her live performance in a few youtube videos, like this one. Don't you wish you were part of the audience applause?

Always smiling, she still also performs as member of the trio Callisto, the Toronto based 'essentia' vocal ensemble led by Rosemary Phelan and the Guelph based Ondine Chorus led by Shannon Kingsbury and Sue Smith.  If you haven't seen her yet, may I suggest you consider attending these upcoming events:

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
The Rookery House Concert
Stephen Fearing - 7pm Ondine Trio is opening
131 Limerick Drive Kitchener On (519)242-0545  Price: $25

She's also going to feature at the next Guelph Uke Club Meeting
Saturday, April 27th, upstairs at Long & McQuade
30 Arrow Road

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Spring Awakes with Ondine Chorus - 2pm
5420 Hwy 6 N Guelph -- Fundraiser for Plant and Old Growth Forest Project
(Tickets at the Bookshelf)

Blog Guelph: Crimson

Guelph Cardinal by Jen St. Louis
Guelph Cardinal, a photo by Jen St. Louis on Flickr.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blog Guelph: Sometimes You Just Want to Run Backwards

carwash 2 by Flailchest
carwash 2, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

We all make a lot of decisions in life. Sometimes we must turn around and wonder if they were the right ones. 

Sometimes, safety can come unbound. The things we knew, or thought we knew, can become strange. 

Sometimes we want to just run backwards. Towards the thing we knew - before it was strange.

And lots of people do run backwards - towards relationships, towards home, towards familiarity, towards the dusty castles of memories. They run in fear and hope - towards comfort they thread. But once they run, they keep on running. 

Because you can't go back. You can't run back. You can never find where you once were. No matter what you do, the only way is forward and there are no placeholders for you in the past. 

Still, you hold your dreams in a distant mirage of thought and they seem close sometimes. Sometimes they do that. 

And you just want to run backwards. 

Sometimes you just want to run backwards.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Sometimes You Just Want to Run Backwards

elevated garage by Flailchest
elevated garage, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Sometimes You Just Want to Run Backwards

spray bomb by Flailchest
spray bomb, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Sometimes You Just Want to Run Backwards

go by Flailchest
go, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Guelph: It's the Little Things

Guelph Greetings!

It is the little things, the small and wee things that we often aren't looking for. Have you ever noticed children will often spy the most interesting things down low, far from our tall line of sight. Then there is the wonder of it all, the time to pause and inspect and let time stand still. Children are great reminders to take a few extended moments to observe and delight in the unexpected.

Next time you walk by a puddle, check out to see what is reflected, it may surprise you.

Have a grand day!
Bunny Safari

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Blog Guelph: the pros and cons of spring

It's Starting by Krista Kruger
 It's Starting, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Spring is, by far, my favourite season. I love the fresh moist air and warm-not-hot temperatures. It's great weather for walking, and photo opportunities abound. Thinking about all the reasons I love spring got me thinking about a few things I dislike, so I came up with a short list of pros and cons.

Goodbye snow, hello warmer weather.
Crazy, unpredictable weather... like last night's surprise storm complete with wicked lightning and house-shaking booms. And, the possibility of more snow… towards the end of this week. Ugh.
Watching the transition from boring brown to oh-so-lush green outside. Spring flowers. Cherry blossoms. Awesome!
Knowing it’ll likely turn brown again in summer. Darn hot dry weather.
Animals come out of hibernation and tour the city, some with cute babies in tow…. awwwww!
Roadkill. Everywhere. For months on end. Wish i never had to see this.
More people and pets outside enjoying the great weather.
Lost pet posters. In parks, on trees, on lights posts, in grocery stores… all over the city.

Gotta say though, in spite of the cons I've identified, spring still rocks... and there are far more pros than cons. Got anything to add? Say it in the comments!

- Kim

Blog Guelph: the pros and cons of spring

IMG_5443mf443 s by fishwithme55
IMG_5443mf443 s, a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: the pros and cons of spring

Goslings by thomevered

Goslings, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: the pros and cons of spring

The Storm by ICT_photo

The Storm, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Blog Guelph: Warped Virtuosity

The bridge by @klawrenc
The bridge, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.
Happy Music Monday! On the heels of their very successful kazoo-fest showings in town this weekend, I wanted to bring you some images that suggest a listen to the Legato Vipers.

Instrumental, grooving and irresistibly appealing this Guelph-via-Toronto band, is a throwback Venture's style surf rock by-product of two warped and musically audible senses of humour.

Guitarist Mike Brooks (Bry Webb & the Providers, Gregory Pepper & his Problems) and bassist Tyler Belluz (Del Bel, Chrome & the Ice Queen), along with their other gifted bandmate's put on a amazing show of musical virtuosity and enthusiastically talented interplay.

There's cool photos in their press kit, hilarious merch available and some fun videos to take in as well.  All in keeping with the spirit and genius of the band.

-- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Blog Guelph: Warped Virtuosity

Market Square by @klawrenc
Market Square, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Blog Guelph: Promises Promises

Crocus in the Snow, originally uploaded by Corbeau du Nord.

Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but you just can't count on much in times like these.

Wiarton Wille, for instance. The cad!
Now being sued by millions Canada-wide.
Or is that Punxsutawney Phil?
Regardless, one thing is clear, this weather is a continental crisis.

Perhaps we should have demanded their promises in writing?


Downtown Lynn

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Blog Guelph: Seasonal Mystery

WTF goose by @klawrenc
WTF goose, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Good Day!

I seem to recall that an April Fool's joke was supposed to be for one day only, April 1st. Correct? I think old Mudder Nature must have her calender flipped to the wrong month or she is playing a cruel joke on us. The biting cold wind today was nasty and not appreciated.

Even the goose in the photo seems to sum up how many people are feeling about the weather at the moment. At least the sun has been shining and the blue sky lovely.

Let's grab a camera or two and start taking snaps of all the optimism that spring brings.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Blog Guelph: Blogging the bloggers

The river froze last night by downtownlynn

Today I've opted to share photos by four Blog Guelph bloggers...a creative and community-minded group of ladies you likely know or know of. 
  • Lynn Broughton - the only Blog Guelpher I've had the pleasure of meeting and tweeting with. I love Lynn's photos and you will too. She's involved in some pretty cool initiatives these days - cultural and otherwise. Follow her on twitter to learn more.
  • Sue Richards - the founder of this blog, known to so many for her community building, and now in need of our support. View Lynn's recent post, Sue Richards needs our help, if you haven't already. 
  • Aidan M.D. Ware - Arts organizer, activist and photographer. I find Aidan's posts insightful and share many of her views. 
I'd also hoped to share a photo by Kim Logue but, unfortunately, wasn't able to find any on Flickr. 

- Kim

Blog Guelph: Blogging the bloggers

Blog Guelph: Blogging the bloggers

Blog Guelph: Blogging the bloggers

Monday, April 01, 2013

Blog Guelph: Life and Death

Visitor On A Sunny Day by peterkelly
Visitor On A Sunny Day, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.
When I die don’t call no preacher
"When I die I won’t call one either
Leaving these words in all of the mouths of all of the people
People who can speak for themselves
And are much better suited on this particular day
To say a few words about an old friend
In their particular way"

Have you heard these clever, heartfelt words to a very, memorable, uplifting song about life and death by Guelph's own Richard Laviolette? On this particular Music Monday,with the Easter theme of resurrection in the air, and just a few days after the release of the helpingfriends.ca/supportSue video… it seemed the right time to introduce you to (or remind you of), this particular Guelph-ite's fine work.

Richard Laviolette writes compassionate songs of romance, protest and political struggle. Songs full of life and mortality, sung in a clear brave voice. My favourite of his albums is the one The Oil Spills joined Laviolette to create All Your Raw Materials. This album was recorded mostly live-off-the-floor, with Geordie Gordon (The Magic, Barmitzvah Brothers, the Islands), Meredith Grant, Greg Denton, Mike Brooks (Kae Sun), Lisa Bozikovic, Matt Reeves, and Jenny Mitchell (Barmitzvah Brothers, The Burning Hell, Jenny Omnichord).

I hope you check out his tunes.

- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Blog Guelph: Life and Death

365 Day 047 by rubberschmuckie
365 Day 047, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.
"So you can toss me in a hole in the ground or whatever
You can light me on fire or throw me in the river
Just don’t prop me in some coffin so some preacher can deliver
Some uninspired words from the book"

Blog Guelph: Life and Death

Spring by peterkelly
Spring, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.
"When I decide to die or whenever
All the foes that I’ve fouled figure it’s my time
To pack up all my things and move across the line
And get reacquainted with the dirt"

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.