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  • All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Social Streets

      There is a fascinating movement called “Social Streets” in Italy. A father of one was tired of seeing his son play alone in their neighbourhood....

    • The Make-Believers

      Kids are masters at pretend. In a moment they can turn a piles of pillows and blankets into an impenetrable fortress or an empty Kleenex...

    • Nurturing Trust

      I carry the stories of hundreds of people in our community. Stories of pain, joy, hope and loss. Over hundreds, if not thousands, of cups...

    • The Art of a Good Conversation

      Being able to carry on a conversation can mean a lot to others. It is a gift to make someone feel heard and appreciated. Our...

    • Ease is not that Easy

      When we choose to love others, especially our neighbours, we discover an uncomfortable reality waiting for us: people are sometimes hard to love. We might feel...

    • Trees in Dry Places

      When my wife and I were dating, we decided to spend an evening reading each other our favourite story. Without telling each other what our...

    • Exaggerating Love

      I heard a story about a family in the 1970’s who jumped on the tv dinner bandwagon. They used to sit around a kitchen table...

    • Recipe for a remarkable neighbourhood

      What makes our neighbourhoods worth investing in, staying in, and loving? We know when we visit a healthy neighbourhood or not. We intuitively seem to sense...

    • Instructions for Living a Life

      Mary Oliver, celebrated poet, passed away this month at 83 years old. She wrote and reflected on nature, goodness, God, beauty and more. She had...

    • When the City Cheers

      What would make our city of Chestermere rejoice? What would make people cheer with gratitude and celebrate life? Well we know what would make your...