The sharp edges and warm hearts of Yellowknife

I came across this article in the National Post about Yellowknife and I thought I would share it with you.  I agree with the author’s sentiments – Yellowknife does have both sharp edges and warm hearts.  As an ER doc a bit of grittyness in the community makes for interesting and diverse work, and I like living in a place with all kinds of different people  – various cultures and a mix of rich and poor people living side by side makes for good community I think.  I never ever want to live in one of those gated communities for people over 50. (Not that I even could – I’m far too young – so far!)  The more our eyes are open to life in other people’s shoes, the more sympathy and understanding we have for different points of view. One of the things I especially love about Yellowknife is how open and tolerant people are to differences and diversity, and how everyone can just show up and dance together.

Click here for the article.

How does diversity in your community makes your life better?



About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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6 Responses to The sharp edges and warm hearts of Yellowknife

  1. NumberWise says:

    Over the past few weeks I’ve spent several pleasant evenings reading your blogs from your first entries to the present. I’ve enjoyed your descriptions, marveled at your energy and spirit, held my breath through some scary stories, and appreciated your insights. I, too, love my morning coffee, but our lives veer off into divergent tangents for the rest of the day! Your days are fascinating, and I’ve enjoyed going along for rides that I never will experience.

    I thought of you today. Here in upstate New York we had a hazy day with white skies and frequent whiffs of wood smoke – smoke from the fires up in your area. Although I read that the smoke was at 30-40,000 feet, we still could smell it. I shudder to think what it’s like to live in the area of the fires. Your blog about the Olesens and their losses was sobering, and I hope you will continue to let us know how they’re faring.

    My friend Shoreacres pointed me in your direction – her navigational skills are tops!

    • Tandi says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, and what a pleasure it is to hear from you. Its funny how connected our lives are – who knew that someone in New York could read about my life and smell the smoke from this area? My thanks for Shoreacres for the connection as well.

      I will indeed keep you posted about the Olesens. They are settling into an outbuilding for now, and Kristen says there is even a bit of greenery sprouting from some of the burnt out trees.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Never mind diversity — we’re still working on community around here. The town itself is primarily a bedroom community for Houston, or a destination for boaters and fishermen. There are huge numbers of young professionals and international contract workers for NASA, Lockheed, etc. You’d think that would mean lots of interaction among interesting people, but it ain’t necessarily so. They’re all too busy working.

    People like to play the “if I had all the money in the world” game. If I had all that money, I’d pick up and move to a small town — almost any small town that had basic medical care and an internet connection. A good local café would be nice, but it wouldn’t be essential. It’s funny to think about, but the most diversity I’ve experienced has been in small towns, or at least the highest level of acceptance of people for one another. Lots of interesting questions here to ponder.

    • shoreacres says:

      On the other hand – my work community is a whole different critter. Out on the docks, boat workers include male, female, American, Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Cuban, and who knows who else? There are young and old, lazy and industrious, cheaters, liars, thieves and drunkards. We all get along famously, cover for one another now and then, cooperate when necessary to get a job done, and have some fun.

      The boatyard’s our Yellowknife, maybe.

      • Tandi says:

        Sure sounds like it, and what an interesting bunch indeed! Your description of your coworkers fits in well with Yellowknife, which has a much higher than average number of eccentric souls. I’d love to meet them. 🙂

    • Tandi says:

      I’m not sure I’d want to live in a place without a strong sense of community. I’ve been lucky that all the places I’ve lived in as an adult, with the exception of my medical school days in Vancouver, have been places with a strong sense of connection. I think life without those connections would be harder indeed.

      I think of the support my folks had when my brother died. They would not have had that without having lived in their small town for 30 years. And what a difference it made. Unquantifiable really.

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