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    All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • 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...

    • Listening to Your Community

      Some neighbours become friends for years, others we greet politely as we pass. No matter how we connect with those who live in our neighbourhood,...

    • Block Party Season

      Block parties are a wonderful way to connect with your neighbours this summer. Each year we host a gathering on the street in front of...

    • Weeds, Robots, and Flame Throwers

      Our garden is coming up and so are the weeds. Among the tulips and irises you’ll find the excited growth of other unwanted plants. Green...

    • Wabi Sabi

      Nothing has taught me as much about life, faith, and relationships as being a parent has. Each morning I am awoken by the chatter of...

    • Dirt Pills

      Have you had your daily dose of dirt? Researchers in Australia have been experimenting with dirt, or at least the bacteria found in good soil,...