I guess people take fake smiles and waitresses without uncomfortable emotions or opinions as a given in the service industry. discomfort is the edge upon which growth is most accessible and if you look around at the fabulous book selection you’ll find personal and collective evolution is what they’re all about. no where does morningside advertise we’ll serve you with a smile, but lots of the time they really do and it’s a lot of fun. they advertise what they put their energy into and its all super respectable in my opinion. sometimes im caught off guard by the fluctuations in energy here. like sometimes im the only one and sometimes the place is jam packed. similarly sometimes alan and manon are very available for chit chat and sometimes they are preoccupied or edgy. the only thing i can 100% rely on is that I’m going to have a really happy belly for the rest of the day. oh and that there will be good music and a new book that catches my eye to peruse if there is no one to talk to. i love these people because they encourage me to love poetry and astrology and they jumped on the opportunity to collaborate with our accessible community art house. ive had my awkward moments with them but gosh it’s so easy to come back to gratitude. anyone who is basing their Morningside experience on a one time visit is missing the point: they are promoting a way of life and it’s not always pretty or easy. every time i spend any time at Morningside I am relieved to remember I am oh so human and thankfully am neighbours with people who feel and care and don’t hide behind pretense. I treat myself to this place as often as possible and no matter what I find there mood or crowd wise I am WELL FED.