Sense of Place Blog

“I have stories to tell? I have cuts and bruises that do not map a course. And none of them are justified unless you find a way to make the story worth telling…” In her very worthwhile story, Pullitzer Prize...
A new study has found that starting as young as age 5, Black girls are seen as behaving and seeming older than they actually are. How does this work to erase black girls’ childhoods? We were fortunate to have...
“For a long time, when it's working, the drink feels like a path to a kind of self-enlightenment, something that turns us into the person we wish to be, or the person we think we are. In some ways...
A few weeks ago I went home and started the arduous process of cleaning out my recently deceased Mother’s house. While stuffing her clothes into garbage bags, I stumbled upon a satchel of letters – letters from her Mom...
Growing up at some point I thought I wanted to become an architect. I loved the idea of building structures and creating a sense of place through concrete, wood and divets. And although I’ve exchanged my weapon of choice...
Is it true? Is all you need really love? This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Loving case. On June 12 1967, Mildred and Richard Loving won their landmark Supreme Court case. That meant the end of state...
“Ryder, Chase, Zuma, Sky – Paw Patrol, we’re on a roll!” How that song rings in my head! It’s the theme song from Paw Patrol, the show all the kids are talking about. It’s a computer-animated Canadian series about...
What a great week it’s been on Sense of Place. This week we devoted time to exploring acknowledgments of First Nations territory. What do we mean by that? Well, it is becoming increasingly customary to acknowledge the host First Nation Peoples...
What’s the relationship between race and space? It’s a question that has preoccupied my thinking for more than two decades now, and it’s so much more than just being in place - or out of place. It’s a complicit...
Some of you will know I lost my Iranian and Muslim Mom to an aggressive form of tongue cancer earlier this year. Just as I was gaining a voice in radio, she was losing hers. In a new novel, our...