PostArctica: Today on Mount Royal

Unusually mild for today’s date and with a lot of snow and ice on ground level that makes for some perfect fog, especially as you go higher on Mount Royal. How foggy was it? That is Beaver Lake straight ahead. It was quite surreal up there, you could hear people talking on the roads before ...

Things Are Good: A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way

At the start of the year people tend to make resolutions that they don’t hold – like regularly going to the gym. The good news is that you can break your resolutions and be OK, as long as you do something. Instead of trying to go to the gym and workout just go for a ...

PostArctica: When Nature Gets Creepy

It is cold and there is enough of a wind to blow some of this tall grass around, occasionally flying into your face. Snow has fallen forcing swaths of it to collapse creating the illusion of these low lying dark spaces where all kinds of horrible troll like creatures may exist, just waiting for you ...

PostArctica: October, 2016

So I am pretty happy with myself today because at the beginning of the month I decided that I would walk the lower path at the Verdun waterfront everyday in October with the hope of finding a way with my camera to “capture” whatever was going to become interesting to me as I experientially observed ...

PostArctica: Walk # 19 – The Point Part 5 – Rain

  Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes, come on, let us sway together, under the trees, and to hell with thunder.” ― Edwin Morgan, A Book of Lives Started out at Bridge and Wellington. I wasn’t sure if Bridge south of Wellington was considered part of The Point or not so I figured if ...

PostArctica: Still Life With Pasta #16

At the river today…

PostArctica: Walk # 18 – The Point Part 4

“If you look for the truth outside yourself, It gets farther and farther away. Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step. It is the same as me, yet I am not it. Only if you understand it in this way Will you merge with the way things are.” –   Tung-Shan  The Point gets ...

PostArctica: Saying Goodbye To Summer

There are so many ways we say goodbye to summer A woman’s voice singing by the canal The sharp contrasting light between  buildings downtown The thinning tourist throngs The empty swimming pools Early morning jackets and sweaters in backpacks for the afternoon A cool tinge on your arm hair against your warm skin Things you ...

PostArctica: Walk # 17 – The Point Part 3

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of ...

PostArctica: Walk # 16

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep ...

PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” ― Søren Kierkegaard It’s true, walking will distract you while creating a new engagement, and something changes, even if it is very temporary, and walking is momentum, a kind of doing that ...

PostArctica: Walk # 14 – The Point

“To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.” ― Rebecca Solnit, ...

PostArctica: Around Town on Saturday

Despite the constant rain, which I was actually enjoying very much after an intense heat wave, there  were events all over the city and I caught a few. West Verdun, lifeguard at the Natatorium killing time and staying dry. These people were setting up for Sunday’s events. Going all Monet on you! There was also ...

PostArctica: Walk # 13

“For me, walking has become less physical transit than mental transportation. It is engaging. I have become, I fear, a difficult walking companion, liable to slow down and point at things. I can turn this off, but I love to have it on: a sense of wonder that I, and we all, have a predisposition ...

PostArctica: Housing March, World Social Forum, Montreal, 2016

Today, along with a few friends from the CACV in Verdun, we marched with numerous community housing groups from Cote des Neiges, Montreal, and across Quebec to the site of the former Blue Bonnets racetrack. The march was about raising awareness of the need for social housing, that it be considered an urgent priority locally, ...

PostArctica: Walk # 12

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Søren Kierkegaard Started at Frontenac Metro. It’s ...

PostArctica: Walk # 11

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History ...

PostArctica: Walk #10

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” –   Steven Wright Started off at Sherbrooke Metro. The view south. The view north. Apartment building on Rigaud. Mural on building at Rigaud and Saint Denis. Crossed Saint Denis and walked into Saint Louis Square, one of the classic squares of Montreal. A few pics from ...

PostArctica: Walk # 9

“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” — George Macauley Trevelyan Starting Point: Dollard and Newman in Lasalle. Bus let me off here. Headed south on Dollard and the first thing I see is this car dealership which was located on Verdun Avenue for decades. All condos there now (in Verdun). Dollard ...

Things Are Good: Cities Designed for Walking Attract Smart People

The human population of the world is urbanizing, but some places are performing better than others. The key to making a good modern and productive city is to make it walkable. Design for people, not cars. Over at BBC autos they took a look at what attracts smart people to the smartest cities and it ...

PostArctica: Walk # 8

“Musing takes place in a kind of meadowlands of the imagination, a part of the imagination that has not yet been plowed, developed, or put to any immediately practical use…time spent there is not work time, yet without that time the mind becomes sterile, dull, domesticated. The fight for free space — for wilderness and ...

PostArctica: Walk #7 – Completing The Circle

“This is what I had come for, just this, and nothing more. A fling of leafy motion on the cliffs, the assault of real things, living and still, with shapes and powers under the sky- this is my city, my culture, and all the world I need.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek I ...

PostArctica: Walk # 6 – Over The Mountain

“This mountain, the arched back of the earth risen before us, it made me feel humble, like a beggar, just lucky to be here at all, even briefly.” ― Bridget Asher, The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted Started at the old Train station at Parc and Jean Talon. This pic makes me smile, it’s like ...

PostArctica: Walk # 5 –

“Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents ...

PostArctica: Walk # 4 – Miron

I always wish the hotels were like they are in movies and TV shows, where if you’re in Paris, right outside your window is the Eiffel Tower. In Egypt, the pyramids are right there. In the movies, every hotel has a monument right outside your window. My hotel rooms overlook the garbage dumpster in the ...