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  • All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Dutch Windows

      If you visit the Netherlands, you might be surprised to find that some towns and neighbourhoods participate in an unlikely decorating practice. A friend was...

    • Don’t Pay Attention

      I used to live near a sprawling park with lumpy hills, clusters of trees and a puddle-for-a-pond. My wife and I had walked through that...

    • Goodness is in the Details

      Today as I write my weekly column, I am making cheese. Pots of milk are warming on my stove-top and are undergoing a transformation. With...

    • Home for the Messy Holidays

      Families are complex. If you’ve celebrated Christmas this week with your extended family, or chose to avoid them this time of year, then you likely...

    • A Community of Care & Support

      Becoming a Lone Ranger in a world of noise and demand is an alluring idea. Anyone of us could become Lone Rangers, we could easily...

    • 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...