Breathing Space Archives
We asked the UCalgary community to send us photos that tell a story from their lives during this time of physical distancing — they delivered.
What do your socially distant days look like? Share a photo of a view that gives you room to breathe; an activity you've taken up; or a random act of kindness spotted in your neighbourhood. Send, with caption, to email@example.com and we'll be in touch!
We had a particularly lovely sunset a few days ago on campus, and I drew a melancholy Dino on it as I felt it captured the mood quite nicely.
Third-year student, BSc, Department of Psychology
You can see my makeshift weight area over my shoulder near door — missing the campus gym badly!
Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, PhD, assoc. prof., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
He participated in an online talk about how changes in DNA can lead to improved cancer treatment.
Each morning, the natural light opens my home office to a paradox of monotonous business meetings in the heart of home. The spruce trees frame a stunning view of downtown.
Dean of the Haskayne School of Business
I’m telling you boss, these numbers just don’t add up!
Lucy the dog — Lucy's owner is Boglarka Soos
PhD student in Community Health Sciences and Data Manager in the Department of Family Medicine
This beautiful rainbow, across the street from my home, was an awe-moment and a message of hope. I reflected on how it takes both the sun and the rain to create the brilliant colour. Now that is the spirit of cooperation … together we can!
Jacqueline Smith, PhD, RN
Director of Mental Health & Wellness & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Fresh flowers have always been an important part of my home and these past few months have not changed that. They brighten up the space and add beauty when there is uncertainty.
Third-year student, Schulich School of Engineering
I started with backyard birdwatching. Wildlife watching got exciting when a skunk took up residence, and was elevated to new heights when the moose strolled down the back lane.
Elizabeth Henderson, CMM, MBA, MEDes, BSc, BA
Associate Director, Community Engagement, HSB
My daily neighbourhood walks are brightened each day by ingenious socially-distanced communications between neighbours.
Kim Lenters, Associate Dean (Student), Faculty of Graduate Studies
& Associate Professor (Language and Literacy), Werklund School of Education
It's a city's people who breathe life into it — their movement, the voices, their presence are all bright and necessary accessories to showcase the glass and concrete landscape. To see these same structures bare and empty is entirely odd, and even a bit disconcerting.
Analyst, Technical Business, UCalgary
It’s delightful to come across these stones painted with inspirational quotes when walking my dog. There is quite a collection scattered throughout my neighbourhood and yet no two are the same.
Lois Epp, Advancement Communications
Owner of Oscar, who is old, shuffles when he walks and leaves no stone unturned
During his quarantine, Eddie always makes sure to stay busy and fit as he's a big fan of carbohydrates and sugar, much like his owners.
Heavy Equipment Technician, Grounds department
Just beyond the city’s edge in all directions lie networks of country roads that provide cyclists blue skies, fresh air and unobstructed views of a prairie landscape ... Rides can provide mental health breaks that vary from a few minutes to hours.
Leland (Lee) J. Jackson
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design
Not the worst time for an 11-year-old to break his arm — he's not alone in missing out on soccer, swimming, etc. Only downside is not getting to show it off at school.
Jacquie Moore, BA'97, Senior Writer, Communications, Office of Advancement
Jacquie's son, Leo, broke his arm while climbing a pole for fun in a parking lot. Desperate times.
It seems like a time when our inner journey and our outer journey are somehow converging.
David Lertzman, Ph.D
Assistant professor, Haskayne School of Business, co-chairs Haskayne Adventure Leadership program
This year’s garden cleanup has lost any edge of drudgery — outdoor space, kneeling next to beds of dried fall leaves crumbling between rubbing hands, and chionodoxa waiting patiently for their reveal.
Professor Emerita, Dance, UCalgary & Immediate Past-President, Dance Studies Association
Take care of yourselves, take care of your children, and thank you for all that you’re doing.
Dean and Professor, Werklund School of Education
From home, we have views of the mountains and the Mormon temple. Every evening brings a set of varied and stunning scenes as the evening progresses and night descends. It's a nice end to the days, especially during these interesting times.
Dr. Baljit Singh
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCalgary
My husband, Robert, and I have never been more grateful for our backyard: we’re set up for brief visits from one or two family and friends at a time, 10 feet apart. I miss hugging them but so happy to re-connect with great outdoor chats.
Val Fortney, BA, ‘86
Social distancing has created more space for me as a writer. I’m finally able to lose myself in my poker parenting memoir, delving into my past selves through journals, magazines, letters, photos — and yes, even old drafts of university papers.
BA'85, CEO & Creative Ringleader, Wordfest
Fighting COVID-19 from home base with a little background music
Dr. Ian Lewis
Assistant professor, AIHS Chair in Translational Health - Metabolomics, Biochemistry
Four times a week I run with Finn, who belongs to medical resident. There are 100 medical, nursing and other student volunteers helping hospital staff right now while our clinical learning is on hold — we're so happy to help!
Moss Bruton Joe
Cumming School of Medicine student
This week marked one year since the passing of our friend Dave Treadway, an adventurer and outdoorsman. Across Canada his friends and family went camping to mark this anniversary. Most camped in their back yards. We settled for the living room. If you can’t go out to the mountains, bring the mountains to you!
Sean Hedley, dad to (from left) Harvey, Mary & Francis
Grandparents are Werklund student Leslie Hedley and UCalgary News editor David Hedley
I was supposed to embark on a national book tour this month for my new novel, The Subtweet. I had reservations about pivoting to a virtual tour but, after making six 'stops' this week from Vancouver to Toronto — from home here in Calgary — I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is possible to have meaningful engagement with these events online.
Assistant professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts
I'm getting used to the new reality of wearing 'way more gear' in the operating room during this COVID-19 pandemic. It makes me feel privileged to work at the Alberta Children's Hospital with all my colleagues and patients and families of Alberta. We are all in this together!
Dr. Nivez Rasic, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cumming School of Medicine & AB Children's Hospital Research Institute
I needed to be on campus today and I brought along my camera. In my 38 years at UCalgary, I have never seen the campus so desolate and empty. But, on the bright side, the birds felt free to take advantage. I managed, in my brief walk to capture the first robin I have seen this spring.
Dr. Hank Stam, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
I feel a little bit lost dancing alone. The biggest challenge to keep up my stretching and exercise routine going so I'm ready to dance when our world goes back to normal. I miss my teachers and I can't wait to see them in the studio again.
Llola Pirri, age 13, is a student at Airborne Dance Studio