Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hockey Day in Canada : A time for stories

Campbellton New Brunswick hosted Hockey Day in Canada. Families came together to join in the celebrations by meeting old friends, making new friends and handing over the gauntlet to the next generation. How many of us do not have a glimpse into what hockey has meant to our culture. Leisure or recreational the meaning was woven into the very fiber of the national tapestry. It represented a joy in being the best, the anticipation of the next contest, the next game. Author Roch Carrier shared great insight into this national icon in his book The Hockey Sweater. And whether you wore the Toronto Maple Leafs blue or the Canadians
red you were in the GAME! And most of it mattered.

As my partner and I walked around the SnowFest activities and heard hundreds of stories being shared. People were abound with exchanges about hockey, the fun of competition and the benefit of team sports. As you walked through the crowd you could hear stories about who was playing, how they had done and what they were going to do to get involved next year. Young families watched as their little ones took to the ice wielding a hockey stick smaller than some boots.

Since the Russia Canada games of the early 70s I have had a very loose connection to hockey. If its Saturday then it must be Hockey Night in Canada was the extent of my relatedness. But I also knew is was more than a sport. It was obviously much more.

We live in cynical times. Positive forces are needed for us to grow strong, feel well and be in the moment.
Living in a community means you are listening to whats important from that perspective.

You participate and engage in the world around you, you take your place along side your neighbor. Your friends and family know of what I speak. They too have their stories, invite them to share them with you. Be inspired by listening to Roch his take on our love of the sport.

Be the teller,

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine's Day : A time for the telling

Valentine's Day continues to intrigue, delight and tease us into believing that there is a day special enough to tell of your love, or to say what you feel to your love or even to sing the praises of your love. St. Valentine, is said to have been a priest in Ancient Roman. Picture it; Rome about 270 A.D. and you are not a supporter of the current Emperor Claudius. A christian, Valentine would be martyred for refusing to give up his faith. Centuries later Henry VIII declared February 14th as Valentine's Day. After all who would know more about courtly love.

These and others stories will lead you to asking 'Who was your first Valentine?' 'How did you share your special day?' 'Where were you when you received your first Valentine?'. 'So wants with Cupids arrow?'

Sure some of these questions may be invasive or they could just be fun. Our memories need cajoling at times and February 14th might just be the right day to get some insights into your surroundings by asking those you love. Will you be my Valentine?

Be the teller,

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Have you heard the one : Groundhog Day Canadian style

If stories are learned then traditions begin with stories about every day occurances. February 2nd is Groundhog Day and is a perfect example of such stories.

Picture it, it's 1887 and you are in Punxsutawney, Pa. The story goes that if the groundhog who's name was Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow it meant the end of winter was near. Not scientific perhaps but a fun way to predict the weather.

Seems a long time ago but as any storyteller would tell you stories live on in all of us.

Now lets come forward to 1956, to Wiarton, Ontario Canada. Discover groundhog Wiarton Willie. He predicted and we watched, learned and of course told the story. And so the stories continue.

We are a big country and have many such creatures to help us devine the weather.

Visit Groundhog Day on the CBC site and learn more about our stories,

Be the teller,