#564 Poetry slams and word lovers

Rodney "October" Dixon

When I first heard of young people organizing poetry slams, I hadn’t a clue what sort of event to expect. Then I went to one in San Francisco and was captivated by the passion and literacy of some of the…


#563 J-Mac’s best shot

Jason McElwain

In the last four minutes of a February 2006 basketball game between Greece Athena and Spencerport High Schools, coach Jim Johnson made a life-changing decision. He sent the team’s manager, Jason McElwain, into the game. McElwain, known as J-Mac to…


#561 Toothpick whimsy of Scott Weaver

Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay

Some artists paint with watercolours or acrylics. Others carve granite or wood. But toothpicks? That was Scott Weaver’s choice for his complex re-creation of San Francisco. Weaver has received a lot of attention for the intricate toothpick sculpture celebrating the…


#559 The appeal of small spaces

Tiny cottage

Huge, single-family homes dot the hills surrounding my downtown condo in Kelowna, British Columbia. Their environmental footprints don’t even pretend to acknowledge the realities of climate change, our overuse of resources, or the shared costs of the infrastructure providing electricity,…