10 Years This Summer: Still Getting To Chase Life

This is my first trip of this size in a long time: 3 years to be exact. I was so nervous. Things felt almost new. So many things had changed, and yet there were some constants. I had to get to see all of my special USA friends (or at least a good chunk ofContinue reading “10 Years This Summer: Still Getting To Chase Life”

After the Fire…

When I became a councillor, just a little over a year ago now, 8 days into being elected – we had some fairly bad localised flooding in my ward. Poor soil quality mixed with heavy flash flood rainfall events repeatedly over a short amount of time created chaos across Adwick, Woodlands, Highfields & Carcroft. IContinue reading “After the Fire…”

JOY! Observations about Play & Coming Together

This past weekend has been one brilliant ride. I write this post with a face that is red & a bit sore from the winds we endured for hours in setting up, playing, and then clearing up. Despite the volatile weather – over 350 people turned up. People laughed, screeched, ran around for hours, hadContinue reading “JOY! Observations about Play & Coming Together”

All About Hope! 1 Year of Being a Local Councillor.

In 1 week’s time, I’ll have been officially a councillor for 1 whole year. WILD. I still can’t quite believe it. The time has gone so fast and yet slow at the same time. SO much has happened and achieved, and so little at the same time. These juxtapositions are normal, I think? Adjusting toContinue reading “All About Hope! 1 Year of Being a Local Councillor.”

Making PLAY for EVERYONE!

Life is a serious business. But to get the most out of it, you gotta play! Be more dog! We should all be getting out there and having some fun! Regardless of your age, where you live, what you do for work, or not, if you’re rich or poor, and beyond! It shouldn’t be a luxuryContinue reading “Making PLAY for EVERYONE!”

Community and Spaces

After this weekend, where my community – often a bit hard to bring together and engage – came out 350++ people in full force. Absolutely blown away. I was SO nervous, I barely slept the night before that I’d got all these people together, and barely anyone would turn up. But they did. And BUCKETContinue reading “Community and Spaces”

Somethings Take Time To See

It was around the end of 2011 when my super good friend, and great artist & writer, Paul Harrison and I got together in a Cafe Nero in Doncaster (The only place to get a decent chai-tea latte in the area at the time… maybe it still is) and we talked about how we thoughtContinue reading “Somethings Take Time To See”

Looking For The Helpers

When we look across the world, we see a scenario that I don’t think we ever really thought we’d see. The world is shutting its doors to keep out an enemy it cannot see, smell or hear. Now, some of us have waited our whole lives for state sanctioned introversion. One of my favourite booksContinue reading “Looking For The Helpers”

week 1 self isolation down: unhomelikeness

You’re not a human doing, you’re a human being. I’ve been following the progress of C-19 for a long time. Since around Jan 20th. I was in Japan, walking through a market in Tokyo & my American friend was messaging me how I might get quarantined on my way home. LOL I said to HayleyContinue reading “week 1 self isolation down: unhomelikeness”

Happy SMIZZmas: my holiday message to you

It’s the annual Smizz Christmas card!! I couldn’t decide which one to share, so I’m sharing them as a collection. As we celebrate the holidays, and enter into a new year – let’s remind ourselves that love is trust, empathy, humanity, mutual aid, and care. A society built on such love is a strong society—probablyContinue reading “Happy SMIZZmas: my holiday message to you”