The GrovesLine

just a place where i hang my thoughts out to dry


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Life is but a Dream

Row, row, row your boat

It is rarely disputed that I was rather inept at team sports as a youngster.  Whether that was because I simply favoured solo sport over team sport and missed opportunities to develop those skills or because I was naturally well suited for solo sports and thus excelled at them is really a moot point. I don’t like team sports so I’m not good at them and I’m not good at team sports so I don’t like them. Whatever. Give me the choice between going it alone or trying to make it on a team and I will always choose the solo endeavour.

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One Car-Less Girl

When I first moved to Calgary at eighteen to pursue my Olympic dreams I had little need for a car.  I had a bike and a small circle of destinations that made it relatively easy to get around.  I was also student-athlete poor and had no money for an extravagant thing like a car.  But as I got older and Calgary got bigger my desire to be able to go where I pleased on a moment’s notice grew.  The mountains beckoned, as did shopping malls and interesting places to go.

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Caine’s Arcade: Watch this and feel happy!

I think even a stone would find this story about Caine’s Arcade endearing.  If you haven’t seen it already — maybe you have as I’ve heard it’s gone ‘viral’ — take a few minutes to be inspired by this little boy, his wonderful imagination and his entrepreneurial spirit. It may leave you feeling a little nostalgic for your childhood or simply hopeful for the future because one day little boys like him will change the world. Either way it should put a smile on your face :)


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Mind Shift: Your Daily Commute — Be a Geek!

This really sucks.

Whenever I’m in my car, stuck in traffic or not, I wish with all my might that I was on my bike instead. No matter how windy, rainy or snowy it might be and especially if it’s sunny and warm, I’m instantly jealous of anyone I see riding their bike with vigor and a broad smile stretched across their rosy-cheeked face. If biking is truly not an option I’d settle for the C-Train, so that I could at least let my mind wander or read a book while someone else takes me home. Continue reading


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An Important Story To Tell

It’s the honest truth that most of the news we hear about First Nations communities in Canada is overwhelmingly bad.  I pay close enough attention to current affairs to at least know that. The most recent wave of bad news to wash over the country has been about the remote Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.  Did anybody see? Did anybody hear? Maybe it’s the relentless barrage of global tragedies that makes us numb to more bad news. Continue reading