community

Dear friends

Dear friends

Each time I begin a new part of this journey, I feel blessed to have friends and mentors who remind me to be strong and present. In a life full of traveling, it’s easy to get preoccupied with logistics and assignments, but the real work is to wake up each day and embrace the surprises….

Suffer less

Suffer less

“You listen with only one purpose, to help him empty his heart. . . You remember that you are helping him to suffer less.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Photo by Eric Guth #iceland #heart #backyard #sufferless#lindbladexpeditions #meetthenorth#instaiceland #akureyri#interviewtechniques #listen #listening#lawn #shed #deeplistening

Dose of truth

Dose of truth

Starting this week with a dose of truth. Thank you to artist Alex Janvier for these words. #alexjanvier #nationalgallery #ottawa #yow #lindbladexpeditions #meetthenorth #truth #reconciliation #mondaymorning #courage #lovetheland #instagramcomeback

Community participation

Community participation

Well! My first library fine from the Arctic arrived today. This is one way to participate in community that I hadn’t considered, and they tracked me down at home! I’m not sure what happened to the book, but the cheque is in the mail, I promise. (Sorry.) #meetthenorth #betterlatethannever #sorry #librariesrock #library #nunavut #pondinlet #readthenorth #fined #arctic #oops

Where peace begins

Where peace begins

Yoko Ono: Post 1 of 2. Some days are hard to believe. I find myself here at this table, writing out a wish for peace, choosing an IMAGINE PEACE button, and preparing to meet Yoko Ono. I’m at Harpa, Reykjavik’s iconic concert hall swathed in a glass honeycomb. The man who designed that honeycomb is…

Voices of the world

Voices of the world

In Iceland today, we were honoured by a visit from His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. “Don’t leave it to governments,” he said. “You are the voices of the world.” It made me think of the joy and community we witnessed in Iceland this summer, pictured here. I was so moved…

Meet Haukur

Meet Haukur

Post 1 of 2. Meet Haukur Orri. He’s 16, and he plays a mean accordion even though he only started a year ago. In this photo he’s dressed up for his summer job at the Siglufjordur Herring Museum in northern Iceland. In a historical re-enactment of the herring days he dances and sings with the…

Post 2 of 2. Haukur loves his town. “I’m not leaving,” he says, “When I got to Reykjavik I’m like a lunatic when I come home.” It’s too busy for him in Iceland’s big city. Many small towns here have to contend with young people leaving for an urban life, just like many countries around…

Joining the feast

Joining the feast

Post 1 of 4 |    The feast is almost ready. People are gathering around the community hall and choosing their spots for this special meal. Four long strips of plastic and then cardboard are laid out on the floor. Next, the frozen meat, cut with hand saws, is evenly spread out. You must bring…