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The July Project

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This 31-day project is about two friends (Melanie Chambers and Sandra Phinney) who have decided to hang out in their own ‘hoods for the month of July—and blog about it.

Melanie is 43, single and lives in Toronto, ON. I am 70, married, a grandmother, and live in Canaan, NS (a place so small it doesn’t even qualify as a village.)

Yet we are about to see, feel, hear, taste and live in our backyards like never before. This means being open to new experiences, taking risks, and being willing to make some mental shifts. It also means there’s a whack of wonder about to happen.

Some things Melanie and I will duplicate, then compare notes, such as:  cruisin’ around Toronto / Yarmouth between midnight and 6 a.m.; tripping the light fantastic at a Legion Dance; and skinny dipping at newly discovered secluded spots. Otherwise we’re doing our own thing, cramming in as much as we can based on our interests, along with having some built-in time to simply follow our noses. The 31-day itinerary I set up actually gives me the shivers.

I guess you’d call it a quest. I’m hoping to go from seeing the “heavenly visibles” to the “heavenly invisibles” mentioned in an earlier post. And it’s going to happen, right here in my own backyard.

Bonus: July 1st is a full moon. Anything can happen. And, dear reader, maybe you’ll start a similar project this summer—even for a day. Please subscribe. Comment! Let’s get a conversation going.

Click here to see the latest post for THE JULY PROJECT (and scroll down for earlier posts.)


  1. Jennie Morrow Jennie Morrow
    July 1, 2015    

    This is such a great idea. I
    can’t wait to read your reports.

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thanks Jennie! I’m still thinking about the comment you made several weeks ago on an earlier post.It was about paying attention. At the end, you said, “In other words, I pay attention by not paying attention. I stay near the thing I want to observe hoping to get a glimpse of it with the peripheral vision of my mind.” I love that. Keep that wisdom coming!

  2. Nora Nora
    July 1, 2015    

    This sounds like great fun! I’m in!

    • July 2, 2015    

      Great to have you on board Nora! Thanks!

  3. Jennie Morrow Jennie Morrow
    July 2, 2015    

    Ogden. The man’s name with the used furniture store is Ogden. Funny how when I tried to remember it I couldn’t and then while I was making a smoothie and not thinking about it at all it popped into my head.

    • July 6, 2015    

      Aha! Stanley Ogden. Yes!

    • Jack Jack
      July 13, 2015    

      Stanley Odgen

      • July 14, 2015    

        Yes! Stanley Ogden it is! Good to see you tonight Jack. Loved the cemetery tour. What interesting work you must have!

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