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    All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Messy Neighbourhoods

      Elbow deep in new soil, and tending to bad sun-burns, I’m surprised that gardening has become one of our favourite activities. My wife and I...

    • Bill’s Street

      A friend of mine, Bill, lives in Bowness, Calgary. For years I’ve learned from him the importance, and joy, of living a life engaged with...

    • The New Neighbourliness

      I knew a man who had flown fifty bombing missions during World War 2. He was soft spoken and kind, and rarely talked about his...

    • Awake

      When I was a teenager I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled. The dentist prepped me on the procedure and explained that I’d be...

    • Small

      If you talk to a few hundred children under the age of seven in Chestermere, they’ll probably know me first and foremost as the “bee-guy.”...

    • In Praise of Slow

      Why is it that many of the best things in life take time? My neighbour has been teaching me this. He has three excellent hobbies...

    • The Street You Want

      We have some amazing leaders in this city. We have a passionate mayor, city councillors, and staff who work long hours to create the best...

    • Trains

      When I was young I had a friend who loved trains. Ok, no, scratch that. He ADORED trains. He had model trains in his basement,...

    • Neighbour Day, April 25th

      A friend of mine in Edmonton had a crazy idea, she decided one cold winter day to invite all of her neighbours over for a...

    • Villagers at Heart

      I had the privilege of joining in a number of meaningful conversations when Chestermere was discussing whether it should become a city or not. In...