Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Brendon and Akua experiment with TV

Have you ever listened to a recording of your own voice and cringed? It's like being confronted by an alter reality - suddenly you sound nothing like how you imagined yourself in your own head. Well, today I found out that it's even worse seeing yourself on TV.  

We were featured on the 6 o'clock news in a short segment on creative housing solutions. Take a look at the video below. What the hell is up with my posture and why does the hair on the back of my head look so bad! 

Now that you've gotten used to us on the big screen - we have news for you. We're going to be on a future episode of the Nature of Things on urban regeneration airing in February 2012. Yes, just last weekend we hosted the amazing father-daughter duo - David Suzuki and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. This was a dream come true. 

Like so many of us, Brendon and I grew-up with David and the Nature of Things. From an early age we were fed the science of nature in a way that incited wonder and made us care when we saw it threatened. And then when I was 19 I picked up his book The Sacred Balance. It accompanied me on a 3 month cycle touring adventure through the Yukon. Its message was with me through the stark and imposing Tombstone range and along the rushing Donjek river. The book changed the way I saw the world and set me on the trajectory that I find myself today. It help me notice the profound connection we humans have with nature and first put words to a spiritual world view that I hadn't been able to articulate myself. 

Life always seems to come full circle. Sarika and David had both spent time up in the Yukon this summer and raved about the beauty in that place. It's a reminder to me to do as much as we can to preserve wild spaces like the North while we also find ways to nurture and expand nature in our own backyards. 

But I digress. 

Sarika, David, Brendon and I chatted for over 2hrs about everything from our energy efficient appliances to living in a very small home. But really, the theme that emerged stronger than any other was the importance of community and how intergenerational housing arrangements can support vibrant neighbourhoods and people just like us.

While we can't show you any finished products from the filming, I can share some pics with you.

David's beautiful daughter Sarika

Barb and Roger chatting with our guests.

Sorry. Couldn't resist how cute Steven looked. If we're like this with a cat, can you imagine how crazy we'll get with a kid!


  1. Hey you two - looks like you've settled in nicely! My parents and I met you during your open house, and I'm now following your lead with a blog of our own about our own Smallworks laneway experiences. The back yard is now in war-zone mode with construction starting next month. Sad and exciting at the same time.

    You must be so excited to be featured on The Nature of Things. Congratulations! I look forward to watching in February. Hope to see you around the neighbourhood again sometime!

    -Tania (just down Dunbar)

  2. Great to hear from you! I'd love to pop by and see how it's going. I'm also doing my Masters research on laneway housing and I'll want to interview folks like you. I'll be in touch...

  3. So which is David's room? Congrats on your house being ready and habitable. Guest room for 4? Yes between the dog and the...coming soon to a Weinberg near you...

  4. Would love to help with your research, Akua! Give us a holler any time via our site. Smallworks just broke ground today.. exciting! It begins..

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