Love of mine, someday you will die⠀
But I'll be close behind and I'll follow you into the dark⠀
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white⠀
Just our hands clasped so tight, waiting for the hint of a spark⠀
If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied⠀
And illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs⠀
If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks⠀
Then I'll follow you into the dark⠀
In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule⠀
I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black⠀
And I held my tongue as she told me,⠀
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin⠀
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in⠀
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove⠀
Dance me to the end of love⠀
Dance me to the end of love⠀
Every time I look at this image, this Leonard Cohen song pops in my head. It’s not what was playing at this moment, but the first time I ever heard that song, it was at my friend Eric’s wedding and he and his lovely wife Marta are so madly in love, that when I see real, raw love, I cannot help but hear that song in my head.
Ugh you guys, when I posted this picture earlier today the big caption I wrote didn’t transfer over with the picture. 🤷🏼♀️ So I try this again with a new caption. ⠀
What I wanted to say is how amazing this lady is and how much effort, she and my mom put in to organize such a great birthday party for my Nana. My other SIL and I live farther away from the rest of the family, and let’s face it, the men in our family are useless at party planning so it was up to these two to put together an amazing event. Kathy, we are lucky to have you in the family and if you ever want to switch careers, event planning could definitely be in your future. ❤️
Very fortunate to have met great people along my wrestling journey since 1996 when I started wrestling. I started because it was the only sport to join in Clearwater when we moved there. I wasn’t the best wrestler but I worked hard. In high school I became an official referee/coach. Also help a new wrestler win provincials. Coached at La Loche Community School with the Lakers. Also coached at NAIG in Denver, CO. Although I’ve been away from wrestling for several years I made it to chaperone/coach at the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games. In February 2018 I actually won Provincials for the first time in my wrestling career at age 33. A few months later I was elected in on the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association, SAWA. Today, I’m at the 2018 SAWA AGM. I want to thank all the coaches I’ve had throughout my life along with teachers, especially my mom for always being the biggest supporter at our tournaments when we were kids. #saskwrestling#wrestling#lalochelakers#laloche#clearwaterriver#kodiakswrestling#athleteforlife#itsnevertoolate#everyexperiencematters#stayhumble#lovethesport#failureisntfinal#hardworkpaysoffs#hardworkingwoman .............................................. Who wants to start or continue wrestling in La Loche and Clearwater? 😊
Dene High School was filled with smiles on day 2 of camp. We opened the day with footwork, fundamental stations and yoga. The campers were thrilled when Masai FaceTimed to send his love and we ended the day with games. Closing ceremonies were extra special in La Loche as the community thanked us with smoke tan moose hide mitts & Dene Strong carabiners to remind us that we’ll always be connected. We are indebted to Greg Hatch and his team for their hospitality and love. In Dene, they don’t have a word for goodbye so from the GOA team to La Loche, see you soon! 📸@aaphotographyinc #giantsofafrica#dreambig#laloche#denestrong
My 2 year old saw this photo and said, “I like it, I like it, I like it”. He has now become my favourite critic for my photography. 😂 But how could you not adore these two humans?! They are going to be the best parents and not too much longer until they meet the new love in their life. 💕
La Loche has welcomed the GOA team with open arms. Friday night we got the grand tour of Dene High, then kicked off camp with the GOA doc. Saturday, Coach Jama got our group of 30 boys and 15 girls energized and ready to hoop. We went through station work, goal setting and our first set of games. We’re honoured to be hosted by an incredible community of friends and family and are looking forward to day 2. 📸@aaphotographyinc #giantsofafrica#dreambig#laloche#denestrong
Two years ago, a community shaken by tragedy, La Loche welcomed Masai Ujiri and Marci Ien. They had the opportunity to share words of hope and inspiration, encouraging students to Dream Big. For the last two years, a group of students from La Loche were welcomed to Toronto for a weekend experience. From September 7–9, Giants of Africa returns to La Loche to put on a two day basketball camp for 50 boys and girls where they will go through fundamental basketball activities along with life skills. #giantsofafrica#dreambig#denestrong#laloche
My heart is so full and I am so proud to have been a part of this Spay and Neuter Clinic. Bob Barker would be so proud! In 48 hours we completed 82 operations and distributed countless vaccinations, deworming, tick meds and lots of snuggles and kisses. I cannot wait to get back not only for the dogs but also the wonderful people of the Dene Community. I’m grateful🙏🏼🐕❤️ •
@modularfarmsco and the @preschoice Children’s Charity teamed up for an extra special act of kindness this week. Check today’s @TheTorontoStar to read how this team is enhancing food accessibility and a sense of community for students at Dene Highschool in La Loche, Saskatchewan. Link in bio.
What is your life like? What is good about your life? What makes you strong? These are some of the questions early childhood studies alumna Caitlin Wood posed to young people of La Loche, Saskatchewan, as part of her master's research project at #Ryerson . In 2016, a shooting in La Loche left four people killed and seven injured. Caitlin's brother Adam was one of the people killed at La Loche Community School, where he was a teacher. As the tragedy was reported across the country, Caitlin became frustrated by the absence of voices from the community’s youth. In 2017, Caitlin travelled there and asked young people to take photos that would represent La Loche, some of which are shown here. Link to full article in bio. 📸: Caitlin Wood, Zach, Bree, Jazz, Emily & Shealynn #FCSinAction#RUGradStudies
"this is the world we live in"
12"x24" +12"x12" mixed media diptych.
This is the world we live in. I made this piece while reflecting on the #marchforourlives movement and all the beautiful young people standing together to fight for their own safety. Saying this is the world we live in could been seen as a sort of defeatist comment but I see it as a positive thing. We live in a world where even though there is so much wrong, there is at the same time so much right. Every small step towards peace and progress and building each other up (especially bulding up marginalized people ✊) instead of tearing each other down is something to be celebrated. I live in Canada where thankfully gun violence is much less predominant than it is for our friends in America, but I've still lost a friend to a school gun shooting in #laloche . As soon as the first swirls of of black and white came together in this piece I thought about how even if someone sees an issue in black and white, this piece is proof of the infinite combinations and intricacies that can be made from just those two colours. There are as many ways to see something as their are perspectives from which we see it. This is the world we live in. Celebrate and stand up for good.
Always coming back to the brilliant words of Richard Wagamese, "All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…"