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Companionship. One definition is a bond built on shared experiences that is steadfast and trustworthy. Think of our connection with animals. Or how community is formed through challenges, diversity, respect etc. Similar but different from romantic love or casual friendship. Join us as we explore the challenge of companionship, how it changes over time (or not), what builds it, why it matters so much to us in our intimate relationships, the groups we join, our bonds in community, and how we extend companionship with the animal world.

Churchmouse After Hours is a monthly neighbourhood coffeehouse with songs, stories, poems and prose on a rotating theme. All are welcome to listen or join in. Note: This is not a literary open-mic. Though local authors do participate, we are all readers sharing work we enjoy and admire. Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of most months at 7 pm at Churchmouse Bookshop in St Mary’s, Oak Bay, 1701 Elgin Rd.

[Photo: The smiling sisters, by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash]