Twelve Truths (and Maybe a Few More) - theHumm October 2019
Twelve Truths (and Maybe a Few More) - theHumm October 2019
By Angie Arendt
Waiting my turn to order the usual (a cup of dark roast, black, for here) at North Market last week, I watched the woman in front of me pick a crumb of a red leaf off of her t-shirt. Like a CSI agent on a crime scene, she lifted it up to her eyes, slowly turned it over and over, and then held it out to me saying: You’ve got to be *@#$-ing kidding me. Seriously? It could swear it was just May… I didn’t have the heart to tell her that there have been red leaves on the ground at our place for weeks now. But I did have the heart to listen as she smiled and continued on: God, it seems like it was just a month ago that I was potty training my kids… and now they are potty training theirs. Damn it goes fast, doesn’t it… She was still shaking her head in disbelief as she turned to place her order (a skim milk latte to go) and present the barista with the irrefutable evidence cupped in her hand that life is passing before our eyes as I smiled and replied even though she was off to the next thing: Yes. It goes way too fast…
Her comment made me think of Anne Lamott’s TED Talk on Twelve Truths I Learned From Life and Writing, where she says (in response to being asked for advice on life): “…I sat down a few days before my 61st birthday, and I decided to compile a list of everything I know for sure. There’s so little truth in the popular culture, and it’s good to be sure of a few things. For instance, I am no longer 47, although this is the age I feel, and the age I like to think of myself as being…” And then she goes on to offer up her twelve truths, which are basically: life is beautiful and hard and oh-so-short, grace matters, stories matter, and we need each other. She states those truths much more eloquently and with more humour than I’m offering up here — the video is worth a watch. Disclaimer: I completely disagree with her on #5. That’s OK. She’s entitled to her opinion.
There are so many things on that list that I do agree with, though: #10, #11 and #12 to be sure. Oh, and #6, #7, and #8 too. And then there’s #4: “…being full of affection for one’s goofy, self-centered, cranky, annoying self is… where world peace begins.” Yes. That one makes me think of Hannah Gadsby and her award-winning Netflix stand-up comedy special Nanette. Damn if that one didn’t make me both laugh out loud and snotty cry when I watched it this summer — evidence that this world is full of cruel and kind... and kind wins in the end. If I could, I’d replace #5 on Ms. Lamott’s list with one of Hannah’s take-away messages: “...stories that connect are what we all need… stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end (and not just the beginning and middle)…” Amen.
I don’t know how to slow time down, y’all. The leaves are turning red all around and the snow will be here in what seems like a few hours. But I do know that, fast as they might be, the days in between our first breath in and our last breath out are both precious and impossible, connection is an antidote for the anxiety and overwhelm and a magnifier for the joy and love that fills those days, grace is the duct tape of spiritual tools that holds us together and binds us to each other on any given day, kindness wins, stories matter… and that breathing, connection, grace, and kindness only get better with practice.
Keep practicing, y’all. Keep practicing.
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
It was time to check out the artistic chops of another member of the amazing Almonte art scene. A relative newcomer to the community, Jean Morrow has opened her solo art gallery as part of her stunning Thoburn Mill condo overlooking the Mississippi River. Her art also brightens the walls and nicely complements Deborah Arnold’s supremely appropriate stone sculptures in the main corridor of this remarkable building. After several iterations of renovation since the historical......
Jim Cuddy, one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters as both a solo artist and as part of Blue Rodeo, will headline an intimate evening of music at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday, October 20 to benefit the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation. Presented by KE Electrical Ltd., the evening will feature the Jim Cuddy Family Band, including Jim’s sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, as well as the Prescott Brown Family Band, including Tracey Brown, Randall Prescott and their da......
Lighting the Way 9 Short Plays that Stubbornly Celebrate a Sustainable Future - theHumm October 2019
By — Emily Pearlman
The science is clear. All our major political parties have acknowledged it: we are in the midst of a Climate Crisis. But after people have cast their votes, what are you and I going to do about it? How can we act in a meaningful way to ensure a different future than the one that is being projected? How can we champion those who are working for change on a global level, a national level, and in our own backyards?
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Since Pumpkinfest 2018 was a such a smashing success, Downtown Carleton Place, the Carleton Place Sister City Committee and the Carleton Place Tourism Committee are ready to bring this wonderful celebration of Fall back again this year.
This year, Pumpkinfest will be held on October 19 at the brand-new Carleton Junction. “We are thrilled to have such a top-notch venue for our event,” says Downtown Carleton Place BIA Coordinator Kate Murray. “This space is loaded with......
While traveling through the beautiful countryside just west of Perth during September and early August, if you hear a low hum, don’t be concerned! It’s just the artisans of the Perth Autumn Studio Tour feverishly endeavouring to finish new works to be presented during the tour and readying their workspaces to accommodate the many talented guest artists that will be hosted at each studio.
Now in its 27th year, the Perth Autumn Studio Tour has become known for the high quality and diversity o......
Every autumn, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) hosts its premier fundraising event. On October 19, the 2019 Go Wild Gala will be held at the historic Grand Hotel in Carleton Place, and will feature naturalist and author Michael Runtz as the guest speaker, sharing his experiences from nearly fifty years of exploring Algonquin Park.
Steeped in history, the Grand Hotel is the perfect venue to visit with friends and enjoy the venue’s fine and full buffet dinner. Doors open ......
By Susie Osler
This morning I woke early as the day broke, and with coffee and chair in hand, went to watch the sun rise from the forest to the east. I made my way across the grass to sit next to a patch of Mugwort planted last year that grows beside a tangle of nettle, motherwort, goldenrod, comfrey and rugosa rose that hedge along a rail fence at the northeast corner of the barn.
What a luminous morning it was! The remains of the waning moon, a sliver beckoning to the rising sun. And surrounding me, infinite......
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The Thomason-Sullivan concert follows the inaugural, superlative concert held at St. Paul’s on May ......
A lovely recent tradition in Carleton Place involves November being ushered in with the Itty Bitty Art Show — an exhibition filled with gorgeous and diverse works of art that reflect just how talented our little town is. The fifth annual Itty Bitty Art Show will take place on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Carleton Place Canoe Club, from 10am to 4:30pm each day.
In celebrating Carleton Place’s 200th year we honour all the beautiful pieces that make up our to......
How do you bring history to life? Easy! Create an original live theatre musical show!
The Mississippi Mudds have put together a brandnew, original musical show that shines a light on the history of the town of Carleton Place. Will it be dry and boring? NO WAY! The fascinating facts of history will be brought to life through a strong storyline, amazing costumes and rousing music!
Here’s What Happens…
A young boy, fleeing bullies, takes refuge in the Carlet......
The “little charity that could” is celebrating the construction of their 111th classroom in Nicaragua, after a year of instability in the country. SchoolBOX has recovered due to their strong network of supporters, donors, and team on the ground. This year was a bounce-back one for the Almonte-based charity, as they are on schedule to build twelve classrooms, deliver over 18,000 educational supplies and equip countless communities around Nicaragua with books.
SchoolBOX has its roots in A......
Christmas in the Valley Show - theHumm October 2019
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My heart too small? Nah, this whole place gives me gas and I knew it was time to get outta town. But since my head isn’t screwed on right, and my shoes are too tight, I got stranded with my goat ......
By — Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey
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Signals from the Station October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls! - theHumm October 2019
It’s a little cooler now, eh? Bit of a chill in the air. Sweater weather is how I like to think of October. Time to throw on your favourite old sweater and slip into your most comfortable pair of j......
FABulous Recognition! - theHumm October 2019
By — David J. Stephenson is a retired federal policy guy who now divides his time between life on the Mississippi in Almonte and roughing it in the bush on two acres near Pakenham
Last month we featured an article about Five Almonte Buildings (FAB) having been shortlisted for a National Trust for Canada’s Ecclesiastical Insurance award for Resilient Places. And… drum roll ......
By — Paul Joyce
For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.
A Message from Stephen Kotze - theHumm October 2019
By — Stephen Kotze is the Federal Green Party candidate for LanarkFrontenacKingston
We’re almost into the third week of the campaign as of press time; I’m getting out every day, knocking on doors and talking with people all across this huge riding.
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