"I love my mommy. I love my daddy. And, I love myself. My favorite animal is kittycats. And I like going swimming. And I like having baths. And I like making crafts. I love odd Squad" Frida (4 yrs old) Hamilton, Ontario
"I was going through a tough time with my mental health for a while, but with the help of loved ones I was able to find the courage to seek help and start my road to recovery. Thankfully today I'm doing very well and it wouldn't have been possible without the support and love of my friends & family."
"Last week driving down Bold St, we saw a man fall & hit his head. Called 911 - I was so impressed by the 911 response. They were there in 3 min (although it felt like a long time waiting). Fire, ambulance, police... they responded giving excellent care to the fallen man. we are so blessed to live in a community with quick responses & caring people. Imagine if we lived in Aleppo? We should count our blessings not just at this time of year but always!"
Lynn Hamilton, Ontario
"It was a cold depressing day on December 20th. My church was going to do some Christmas carolling at a seniors home down the street. We bundled up and went out the door. But when we got there, they told us that the whole home had the flu :( We remembered that Vintage cafe had a party so we went there and had a lot of fun!"
Abi Hamilton, Ontario
"I was scared to say no to my friend because I didn't want to hurt her feelings but I had courage and said 'no, thank you.'"
Bea, age 5 Hamilton, Ontario
"I am so grateful for the forest. I was walking the other day, deep in Cootes' Paradise, when an incredible sense of being hit me. The quiet, the depth, the colours, the smells of the forest; I felt very humbled and lucky to be able to connect with the beauty and mystery that the forest embodies." Anonymous Hamilton, Ontario
"I love you Evelina and Scott." Mommy Hamilton, Ontario
"Just being ... being with my children; being healthy; being able to help others! Just being :)" Ria Hamilton, Ontario
It's November and we're looking for stories of courage. Tell us about a time that you were brave. Tell us about a time you witnessed someone do something even though they were really scared. Tell us about those who inspire you everyday with small or big acts of courage. What's acts of courage have you witnessed? *** There are still a couple gratitude stories (fresh from Vintage Coffee Roasters this morning!) that'll we'll post and then we'll start posting more courage stories. Cheers, Deb
"Grateful for friends, an amazing community of neighbours, all working toward making the Sherman Hub the connected, supportive place it is. Grateful for having a safe place to rest my children's heads, food to give them and love to lavish upon them." Patty Hamilton, Ontario
"Yesterday at a local grocery store a young lady was short on her groceries. Not one but two people offered to make up the difference. I love my city" Leslie Hamilton, Ontario
"My friend Rachel helped me up when I fell at school"
Bea, age 5
"I'm grateful for Vintage Coffee and its presence in the neighbourhood - it helps to build community. I'm grateful to spend my lunch hour with a friend"
"On this weekend in particular, my family & I reflect on all the beautiful things in our lives we have to be thankful for. It's a lot. So lucky. Hope you are too!" A human being Planet earth
We're excited to announce that you can NOW pick up and drop off your iota postcards at Vintage Coffee Roasters , at 977 King St. East in Hamilton. If you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend their banana bread (YUM) and of course the coffee. It's the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book or write your iota story.
Keep your eyes open for this box...