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    All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Open Space for Small Talk

      The in-between life of our neighbourhoods is often made up of ordinary stuff. Errands, texts, coffee, meal prep, trips to the mailbox, school-work, and appointments seem...

    • Drawn Together

      I was visiting with a neighbour who had never walked around the ponds in their community. I was surprised. The truth is that there are...

    • Pettiness

      Small things are important. A kind word can go a long way to build up another person and expressing simple love in a family might...

    • Intrepid Whimsy

      In October I embarked on a cross-Canada tour talking about the ways that loving our neighbours is changing our lives, our hearts, and our communities....

    • Distinctly Chestermere

      What makes your neighbourhood special? This is the question that a community in London, England first asked about 30 years ago. They began the Local...

    • The Turquoise Table Story

      Kristin Schell tells the story of how she longed for community and found it in surprising ways. In her book, ‘The Turquoise Table,’ she shares...

    • Letting Your Neighbours Shape You

      We have the ability to shape our community for better or for worse. The words we use, the time we invest, and the connections we...

    • Halloween in the Neighbourhood

      

 One of my first halloween neighbourhood memories involved one white bed sheet cut into dozens of long strips. My mother bundled me up in...

    • Celebrating Small Businesses in your Neighbourhood

      This week is small business week in Chestermere. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Chestermere Economic Development, and various partners, this week is about celebrating,...

    • People are Real

      What is real? This might sound like the question posed by the professor of a freshman philosophy class, but it’s a question we are confronted...