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    All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • The Connections We Crave

        Many people in our community crave deeper connections, but we are not always sure where to find them. This craving for real relationships, healthy...

    • Needing a Neighbour

      It was late one night when my uncle burst through our front door with panic and joy in his eyes. I was young, maybe six,...

    • Why ‘Stay Away’ Is Not the Way

      When Chestermere’s beaches are full of families and sand-castle-building kids, when the boat dock is backed up, and when parking at our summer festivals is...

    • What is a street for?

      I must have been going a million miles an hour, and I probably hit the ramp with at least the force of a locomotive, because...

    • I Spy

      What do you see when you walk through your neighbourhood? The start of any good thing in your community often begins with seeing your place...

    • Serving

      Being a servant is not something most people aspire to. To serve another person might feel like a demeaning task, so we avoid it and...

    • Intentional

      My grandmother is an excellent tea-maker. Her mother was a very proper English-woman and passed along the art of making tea to her. It was...

    • The Richest People

      My daughter is four years old and she is tremendously creative. It does not take much for her to feel on top of the world....

    • Let Joy Be Your Compass

      I fight the good fight every day with my email inbox. It is full, and fills up, with advertisements, resources, letters, ideas, opportunities, sadness, and...

    • The Optimists

      If you want to care for your community, you need to be an optimist. Optimism is more than just naive positivity, however. It is activated...