The Time In-Between - theHumm January 2023
The Time In-Between - theHumm January 2023
By Susie Osler
There once was a planet that was inhabited by caterpillars. It was a dazzling planet of jade and emerald greens, and sapphire and turquoise blues. Leafy, textured and abundant. In their short creeping lives the caterpillars ate, and ate, and then ate some more. Periodically their expanding bodies needed more room and they’d trade their old skins for new skins that could accommodate their expansion. This happened five times throughout the course of each of their lives. And one day, finally sated and the compulsion to consume the leaves that supported them having abruptly ended, they rippled themselves off to find out-of-the-way places where they could rest, dangling upside-down from delicate silk cups of their own making. And as they dangled there by their toes, the envelope of fleshy, green-striped skins that had housed their long bodies morphed one final time into capsules of gold-speckled jade in which they dreamed.
On the same planet a baby was conceived, gestated, birthed and cared for by a mother. The baby ate and ate. She grew into and out of clothing. She learned to stand, to move, to play. She became a child and then a youth. She learned to talk, to want, to relate, to wonder, to create. As she grew into a woman she hungered for the experiences of life and feasted on its many flavours — some bitter and some sweet. Her world expanded — at times so much so that she felt she was sure to burst through the boundaries of her own skin. Her encounters were many and her path meandered, but it always followed the faint pheromone of her spirit.
As the seasons of her life passed, the woman noticed that she had begun at times to feel disoriented; for the scent of her spirit, which had once been clear to her, had waned and she could not discern it any longer from all the other scents around her that had crowded in. As much as she wandered this way and that, searching for her scent, the essence of her Self had vanished. At last, tired from the hapless effort of searching, she stopped her wanderings. Her striving ceased and she withdrew to a grove in the forest. She tended to the embers of a small fire for many years, collecting fallen sticks each day with which she fed her fire. In return, the fire gave her warmth, light and beauty to behold. It kept her company with its quiet crackles and sizzles, its varying moods and animated flames. The days passed, the Sun rose and fell, and the Moon waxed and waned over the woman in the grove who was warmed by the glow of the fire that she tended.
Winter Solstice dawns. I’m sitting on a hill watching our star — a ball of fire 93 million miles away — rise on the south-east horizon. Light delivers the winter landscape out of darkness like watercolour seeping across the surface of paper. Later, as our star falls behind the horizon to the west, sparks from the circle of flames near me lift off like small celebrations that disappear into the gathering indigo ocean above me. Wood is morphed by heat into ether and ash as the north begins to bend towards the light.
There is a certain peace that comes with surrender. And surrender is useful in weathering transitions. Without a degree of disorientation and dissolution, what can be dreamed has little chance of becoming. We must, in these urgent times, find ways to surrender our outgrown skins and to offer those skins — be they individual or collective — to the flame.
Can we embrace the chrysalis, retreat to the cave, to the forest, the fireside; to pause in dark times and listen for intuition to speak of how and what we can become? What would it take to surrender to the seasonal pause, the hormonal pause, the global pause that viral-induced illness has pressed upon us? What would it take to become comfortable with a period of naked, un-becoming stillness — a time of profound porosity in which we might catch the scent of our next becoming? What does it take for the caterpillar to become the butterfly? For the woman to become the wise crone? For the acorn to become the oak?
And what will it take for humanity to exchange its skin of hubris for one of humility? For our creative capacities to become attuned to, and in service to, Life?
On the dazzling planet, myriad tightly folded packets of patterns are stirring, stretching against the confines of old skins. After five instars, complete dissolutions, and inspired re-assemblages directed by imaginal cells upholding the creatures’ original instructions, metamorphosis has taken place. Everywhere butterflies begin to emerge and stretch their beautiful wings. They are poised to fly.
In the forest glade, next to where the embers have been tended, stands Old Oak. Her hair is shaped wide and wild, bleached grey by the wind and weather. Her skin is fissured, her ankles thick, and her roots sink deep and weave wide. Still in her place, Old Oak shelters the birds and feeds the animals and insects of the forest. She shades the soil, and she tends to Fire with her fallen twigs and branches. Sun rises and falls. Moon waxes and wanes. Fire keeps Old Oak company with its quiet crackles and sizzles, its varying moods and animated flames. And between Old Oak and Fire rests a small pile — where a tattered wool cloak is re-membering itself back to the Earth.
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
And that’s a good thing at Hounds of The Hood Studio at Carolyne Buchanan’s art-festooned home in Carleton Place. This multitalented artist has a mission — to popularize “dog art” to the status of “real art.” On Carolyne’s canvasses, it definitely is.
Why do we tend to dismiss dog portraits as less “real” than portraits of people? For many wo/men, their dog is easily their best friend. Over time their pets’ expressions communicate as effectively as words, and they are never as hur......
Welcome Back the Birds - theHumm January 2023
By Glenda Jones
The holidays are behind us, and it’s time to start working on your entry for the Backyard Beauties 2023 Auction! If the snow shovel has lost its appeal, birdhouse builders and artists can turn their attention to the return of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust birdhouse auction, slated for May 2023.
Coordinators Barbara Carroll and Glenda Jones have listened to previous entrants and are broadening the scope this year to include all things “bird” — houses, bird baths, feeders and ga......
By — Sandy Irvin is the Artistic Director of the Folkus Concert Series
We’re opening our 2023 Folkus Concert season with a real treat. January 28 will feature Jim Bryson, the piano, and friends. Jim Bryson jimbryson.org is a songwriter’s songwriter, producer and player, who has worked with Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip and the Weakerthans, among others. Recently, a number of CFMA-nominated albums have come out of his studio down the road in Stittsville, including Ken Yates, The Skydiggers, Suzie Ungerlieder,......
When Dr. Karen Dover likes an artist’s work, she doesn’t just say so — she puts her financial support, time, and considerable talents into promoting it. Cosmetic and laser physician by day, both artist and art patroness in her “spare” time, Karen draws inspiration from synergies and symbioses. Her own abstract art results from a fearless fusion of influences and life experiences, and she strives to connect diverse people and ideas.
Towards the end of January, Karen Dover Mo......
This winter, MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts) has plenty of fun activities for all ages. Join us at 974 Dalhousie Concession 9A in McDonalds Corners to stay connected to your community.
To welcome the new year, join us for a Lantern Walk and Twelfth Night party. On January 6, meet at 6:30pm at the Highlands Country Store in McDonalds Corners and walk up to MERA. Those who do not wish to walk can meet at the Schoolhouse at 7pm for a sing-along, snacks and games. King’s......
The Time In-Between - theHumm January 2023
By Susie Osler
There once was a planet that was inhabited by caterpillars. It was a dazzling planet of jade and emerald greens, and sapphire and turquoise blues. Leafy, textured and abundant. In their short creeping lives the caterpillars ate, and ate, and then ate some more. Periodically their expanding bodies needed more room and they’d trade their old skins for new skins that could accommodate their expansion. This happened five times throughout the course of each of their lives. And one day, finally sa......
By — Carebridge is one of Lanark County’s largest, most established nonprofit agencies in the health care and social services sector and the region’s largest affordable housing provider.
Jeff Mills says that when you see inequities, it’s hard to walk on by. And he never does. Last month, Jeff retired after a long career in community development and 16 years at Carebridge Community Support. But of course, we all know that this isn’t really farewell. Jeff will never stop supporting our community through his caring nature and good work. And we are all thankful for that!
Jeff’s community roots are deep. His father and mentor Stan Mills was a founding member of the Almonte Communit......
The Naismith Men’s Shed, part of Men’s Sheds Ontario and Men’s Sheds Canada, has been operating in and contributing to Mississippi Mills since the fall of 2017. In that time the Shed has grown from 15 to 50 members. But since most members are retirees, and even though the focus is on living as healthy and happy lives as possible, Shed members are undeniably in their twilight years. Consequently, from time to time a member passes to the great Shed in the Sky.
Being desirous of showing respect fo......
Excellent Start, Lanark County! First in Canada to Declare Intimate Partner Violence an Epidemic - theHumm January 2023
In a historic move, Lanark County Council became the first county in Ontario to declare Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) an epidemic in accordance with the Culleton, Kuzyk and Warmerdam Inquest’s jury recommendations. The resolution was formally passed at the County Council meeting on December 14.
The five-person jury presented 86 recommendations as a result of the inquest, which took place in June of this year. The first recommendation is for the province t......
By Fern Martin
The prevalence and persistence of femicide is a disturbing reality of Canadian society. Who can forget the country’s harshest awakening to its presence on December 6, 1989, when a man murdered 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique? Decades later and much closer to home, on September 22, 2015, a man murdered three women — Carol Culleton, Nathalie Warmerdam and Anastasia Kuzyk — in our neighbouring Renfrew County, a brutal reminder that the danger continues and that ending it will require massi......
Learning Again In Almonte offers two courses that explore the power of communication in unique ways.
Every aspect of our lives is impacted by our interpretation of the communication we receive and the effectiveness of the communication we deliver. This winter, Learning Again in Almonte is offering two very different courses that will open your eyes to what lies behind successful conversations.
Over the holidays, did political chats with your opinionated uncle get a little testy? Are ......
By Submitted the Carleton Place Toastmasters Club
Take a step in your lifelong learning journey and check out the Carleton Place Toastmasters Club. Our next Open House is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 7pm on Zoom. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit our Facebook page.
The Christmas parties are over and you stumbled through a toast to a co-worker; you thought you could have done better. It’s a new year now — a fresh sta......
Garden Dreamin’ - theHumm January 2023
By David Hinks
Thick glossy catalogues from the purveyors of “garden porn” fuel fantasies of the most amazingly productive vegetable garden imaginable. But rather than being seduced by the seed catalogue descriptions of the merits of different varieties, it is time to get practical. Am I going to have a successful tomato crop with the best-tasting heritage tomato variety, or should I pick the new hybrid variety with all kinds of disease resistance? Perhaps compromise and grow some of each!
Why go to all the ef......
Another OneCome and Gone - theHumm January 2023
By Glenda Jones
So there I sat in December trying to write scintillating messages in Christmas cards (yes, I still do that, but not the fifty or so I did at one time), and it all sounded pretty trite. Except for the chainsaw course, still a highlight, all I had to add was that I took up basket weaving in the summer. Lordy, that caused so much excitement you should all sit down and have tea. “Basket weaving? Really??” I’m sure my far-off friends will think I’ve tipped over the edge.
I’m going to make a concerted effort this year to have significant events to write in those cards. Already the birdhouse......
By Chandler Swain
In Lanark County, Climate Network Lanark is working to provide leadership on the various issues that we can control to look after our precious land, water and air to ensure this place we love will support us and our grandkids, and theirs. Literally millions of folks all over the planet are doing the same. Citizens are working hard to keep the focus on how little time we have to stop runaway climate chaos, where there will be no turning back from the fires, droughts and floods we are now beginning to......
By John Pigeau
While visiting my parents over the holidays, I was bundled-up and reading in the garage next to a fair-sized stack of books I’d just picked up at a library used book sale. Dad, who doesn’t like clutter on his work bench, said to me, “What are you doing with all those books?
“Readin’ ‘em,” I told him.
He crinkled his brows. “Don’t you think you have enough books?” “No,” I said. “Never.”
I might have added that come the new year I’ll be adding many more to my collection......
Anne of Green Gables in Perth - theHumm January 2023
Perth Community Choir is thrilled that their fall 2022 production is finally going it hit the stage — if a little later than expected! The cast and orchestra have been working since September, and unfortunately had to reschedule due to circumstances beyond their control.
Anne of Green Gables, The Musical is a retelling of the classic Lucy Maude Mongomery novel of the same name. The story centres on orphan Anne (with an “e”) who ends up placed with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert......
By Sanjeev Sivarulrasa
In 2023, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery will continue presenting curated, rotating exhibitions in our three distinct exhibition spaces: Galleries I, II and III. We are delighted to showcase original Canadian art from all across the country. Our first exhibition in Gallery I, starting in mid-February, will feature a new body of works by Gatineau-based artist Louis Thériault. The Gallery’s regular hours will resume on January 4 — we will be open for in-person viewing We......
By Maybe McInnis
Mississippi Mills Youth Centre (MMYC) is proud to announce our January-March 2023 calendar starting Monday, January 9, featuring FREE programs for youth ages 10–18. Located in Almonte, MMYC offers a wide variety of drop-in and structured programs six days a week to support our youth membership’s diverse interests, goals and talents.
MMYC staff — Lilli, Maybe, Joey, Emery, Lena and Karma — have been working hard to maintain our supportive relationships with local youth through our inclusive, low-press......
On January 12 and 28, Great Gatsby! It’s Murder is coming to Kanata, and on February 18 it will be performed in Smith Falls at The Station Theatre. Rachel Paul’s acclaimed comedic play, set in a fantasy flapper era, is filled with glitz, glamour and murder. This absurd whodunnit will have you roaring in your seats and accusing your favourite characters of crimes.
Directed by award-winning Canadian actress Shannon Lawson, this theatrical event is a fundraiser for Operation Come Home’s Homeless Youth Hot Breakfast program and has partnered with the Kanata Legion to raise money for local......
Jack deKeyzer Plays The Cove - theHumm January 2023
Acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter, band leader and producer Jack de Keyzer rarely sits still. With 12 records, 1 DVD, 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever and whenever he performs. He usually plays over 100 shows a year, and his music is steeped in Chicago blues, London England blues rock, Detroit Motown, Muscle Shoals deep soul, Memphis rock and roll, and Philadelphia’s funky soul jazz. For 46 years — or roughly a couple million miles — de Keyzer has be......
Jan 22 - Feb 5 Eric Uren
Feb 2 Gerald McGrath
Feb 3 John Wilberforce
Feb 9 Mellow Lily
Feb 12 Eric Uren & Meghan Balogh
Feb 16 Matt Dickson
- Carolyne Buchanan — Every Day’s a Dog Day
- Welcome Back the Birds
- January 28: Jim Bryson, the Piano, and Friends
- Karen & Co. A Celebration of Art at the Textile Museum
- MERA PresentsWonderful Winter Activities
- The Time In-Between
- Jeff Mills — A Visionary and a Doer
- Men’s Shed Unveils Memorial Plaque
- Excellent Start, Lanark County! First in Canada to Declare Intimate Partner Violence an Epidemic
- Men’s Role in Stopping Violence — For All