With Gratitude

Thank you to our friend Lesley-Anne Evans for sharing videographer John Dorig video from the Inspired Word Cafe from 2013. https://laevans.ca/2014/01/03/2013-was-a-very-good-year/#comment-4024

On that note, Season 8 of the Inspired Word Cafe starts Saturday September 30th 7:00 pm with the 2nd Kickoff Classic Poetry Slam at UBC OKanagan. Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kickoff-classic-tickets-37462848388?aff=ehomecard

The first open mic/open slam show is Thursday October 8th 7:00 pm at the downtown Kelowna Library and the first Inspired Word Cafe Show on Shaw TV Okanagan is Thursday October 19th 6:30 pm at the Shaw TV Studios Prospera Place.

The Inspired Word Cafe...(r)evolution through artistic expression. 



Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Float Space

Many creatives and athletes alike would shout from the tops of mountains about the incredible benefits of floating, if we let them. Thanks to Dustin Erickson and the team over at Float Space, our poets will be gifted with some float time if they manage to take First, Second or Third place. But don't worry! Float Space is an inviting place where you can go to recharge, so check them out for yourself and let us know what you think.

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Inspirational quote of the week with Jessica


Oriah Mountain Dreamer > Quotes


Oriah Mountain Dreamer quotes (showing 1-27 of 27)

“It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. 
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. 
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human. 
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy. 
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence. 
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. 
It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. 
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. 
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.” 
― Oriah Mountain Dreamer


One of my favorites written by Oriah Mountain dreamer. "

"I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”  This whole poem speaks abut integrity and to the core of who you are truth. It's such an uplifting poem for when one is going through a life challenge. Just gives you hope to get through it. 

inspirational qoute of the week with Jessica Laplante


Love transcends ownership. Love brings freedom as well as support to a partner. Love brings joy to a partner. With hidden agendas, uncommunicated needs/desires, and any other ego/fear emotion, a true partnership CANNOT work. What will cultivate is not love. Love is pure. Love is infinite. As god is love so should love shine through you. The ability to give love freely can only be attained when that love starts from within the core of your being, filling every molecule of your body, and once you are filled with self love it can pour out of you through your actions, thoughts, feelings, intentions, and only then can your love hydrate the soul of another. - Brennan Cunliffe


Such a beautiful thought provoking quote written by a friend of the IWC collective, so true what they say ..."You can't truly love another until you learn how to love yourself." 

Everything you feel inside is like a mirror and is reflected back to you. What you yearn to give to others you must first provide for yourself and as you do the more you can give to others. There will be a deeper well from which to give.  

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Inspirational quote of the week with Jessica Laplante

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is a society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more." -Lord Byron

This quote was from the movie Into the wild. If you haven't seen this old movie, I highly recommend it, if you are not a free spirit, it will definitely invoke that in you. This quote  reflects to me how rewarding it is to create your own path in life because when you do, you may discover many things you may have not experienced otherwise. As the character in the movie follows his own path, he rejects the demands of his parents and society of what he should be doing with his life or what career he should have, instead he ends up living on his own in the woods.  As a fellow hiker, I can relate to the love of making new trails in the mountains and exploring new peaks and valleys, you never know what you will see around each mountain peak. Nature has his own laws and society which is in perfect balance and when immersed in it, you discover you are not separate from it, you are part of the whole. 

The whole meaning of the movie for me and the quote is that the experiences you have in the wilderness are so rewarding and healing, however, these experiences are better when you can share them with another. 


What's Up in the Community?

For the week of February 15th-21st, 2016 we have a stacked set of events we hope to see you all at! Check the links and let me know which events I can see you at in the comments below.

On Tuesday, February 16th, there is the Petit Festival de Films Francophones  

Check out the Pride Resource Centre page for all of the events happening at UBCO for OutWeek.

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