Yesterday I gave a workshop on social media to a group of writers. I thought you might like to hear some of the tips we talked about and a bit of my personal journey.
This week I had one of those defining moments: I decided to be vegetarian.
In the Windsor Square medical building at 152nd Street and 19th Avenue in Surrey, B.C., in a tiny space that extends into the ground floor hallway, Danica’s Bistro offers delectable goodies. Everything is prepared by hand by two hard-working women with charming Eastern European accents.
For appearances’ sake, we do crazy things to our bodies. Women may have the most pressure to conform to an ideal. We squeeze our bodies into confining clothing. We apply colour to our faces and hair. Some have cosmetic surgery and other invasive procedures. Men may also feel pressure for things like baldness, over which they have no control.
Marty at the Fort McMurray SPCA
I’ve been working on an animal welfare project that has brought many heartwarming stories my way. This week I received a call from Misha Gaertner, executive director of the Fort McMurray SPCA. They have been no kill since their founding in 1978. For many years, they also handled animal control for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, an expansive community with harsh winters in northeastern Alberta.
Irene Plett is a writer, poet and animal lover living in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.