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Guest Corner: Where I'm From

"Home is where one starts from." - T. S. EliotOften when speaking with people who don’t know me well, the conversation starts with common questions such as "What do you do?" "What's your heritage?" or perhaps even, "What are your hobbies?".  Inexorably, if the discussion continues, they may also ask where I'm from.  This question holds a special place in my heart simply because, at one point, I moved so much that I didn't know where home was. This ultimately led me to feel that the heart and soul need a place to come back to.
I'm from the place I call home - Toronto, Ontario. 

Treehouse Pals

People always say friends are the family you choose.  And for all intents and purposes, when a friend is a close one, there is no distinction as to blood ties or not.

I am fortunate to have many close friends, several of whom I've known since childhood.  In fact, there's one friend, Alexander, who is my longest standing.  To tell you how many years we’ve known each other would reveal my age, but let’s say I was born before him, and our mothers were friends when they were pregnant.

Take a Hike

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.- Edward Stanley People think up the most amazing reasons not to exercise – my dog ate my skipping rope, my wife hates six-pack abs, my boyfriend likes some booty, and the most popular excuse of them all – I simply don’t have time.

We are all the Same

It can be humbling to realize how much we have in common with those we attempt to help. - Laura van Dernoot Lipsk

As long as I have been making photographs, I have been interested in the theme of homelessness.  For years I tried to figure out why, but it was when I stopped trying to make sense of the interest, that the draw became clear.
Walking by panhandlers it's easy to assume an attitude of “us versus them”.  Surely we are better because we are not living on the street, asking for change.  Surely that would never happen to “me”, we imagine.

Don’t Mind the (Generation) Gap

I miss my grandmother.  She died when I was only four, but I remember the night that we lost her.  Sometimes I wonder what advice she would give me if we were able to talk today…

Bridges not Barriers

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.Barbara DemingIt’s easy to focus on the ways we are different from one another.  Doing so inevitably leads to building barriers and creating distance.  Though there is little to no vulnerability staying within those walls, there is nothing of value to be gained either.

Truth at All Costs?

Anyone who knows me, even just a little, knows how much I love cycling.  And, I won’t deny, part of that is tied to a great respect (and other stuff the ladies can relate to) for one of the greatest athletes of all time – Lance Armstrong.  In fact, my friend Stephanie knows that if she insults Lance, she has gone one step too far.

Resolving to Make a List

Some people live and die by lists, meticulously checking off tasks once complete.  It’s not that I don’t see their value, I just feel like I can remember everything I need to without them, despite time and experience showing me different.

Same Same but Different

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. – MFK FisherMy mom is an excellent cook, and this year’s holiday fare did not disappoint.  A kitchen well stocked with dog-eared cookbooks is evidence of a lifetime of home cooked masterpieces.  People are often surprised to learn that she had a late start in the kitchen.  Newly married to my dad, it was common to find takeout boxes and bags in the house -- something that became more and more rare as I grew up.