I confess that I used to be a dandelion anarchist. For years, after we moved into this house, I raged in silence at the City for spraying herbicides in the park behind us to kill off the dandelions and clover. It seemed to be such an archaic practice. After all, many cities had already banned…
I am writing this post because it is important that we all remember that families come in all sorts and sizes and how they hunker down to do social distancing is not the same for everyone. I have seen some excellent but also a few trite posts about how to entertain your kids during this … Continue reading Basset Hound or Border Collie? Not all kids are the same. Be Kind.
Last week I asked friends, family, and the public on Facebook if they wanted to share their thoughts and feelings about Alberta’s place in Canada after the federal election. I thought Canadians might prefer to hear from regular Albertans rather than the usual voices on mainstream media. It is a very brave thing for people … Continue reading Albertans In Their Own Words- Thoughts on Wexit, Canada, and Western Alienation
I am away at a writer’s conference this weekend. I usually try to post every Friday - normally something energy or climate related. Since I am surrounded by books and authors this weekend, I thought it might be appropriate if I shared a list of some of my favourite books that talk about our environmental … Continue reading A Reading List
The primary objective of this blog is energy literacy. The period leading up to this election, then, has brought some good news. Everyone is talking about climate change and the energy industry. Yet some of the memes and mantras circulating are superficial and misleading, even if they do resonate with us. I get it. We … Continue reading The Eleventh Hour – Digging Past Partisan Memes and Mantras Before You Vote
I have an un-natural obsession with apocalyptic stories - movies and books. My husband pokes fun at me for it - even though he often settles in to watch too. I am not alone, clearly, looking at the box office numbers. Why is it we are drawn to them? I have often wondered about this … Continue reading Courting the Apocalypse – How Disaster Movies Can Ease our Despair
Should you invest in an electric vehicle “EV” to work on your personal greenhouse gas emissions? Or stick with your gasoline powered internal combustion engine – your “ICE”? If you plan to charge it up off the provincial electric grid – then it depends where you live in Canada. If you plan to install your … Continue reading Should Your Next Vehicle be Electric?
During my undergraduate years in chemical engineering, I failed Statistics. Twice. And it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I failed the first time somewhere in my early years. I don't remember why - likely I spent too much time in the pub. However, the second time, I took a … Continue reading Failing Statistics – Twice – and Finding My Way
Are you like me - you thought about joining the Climate Strike today, but you live in Alberta and are worried your neighbour might call the "anti-oil snitch line"? We are having a bit of fun in this province joking about our potentially "Un-Albertan" conduct - you know, like over-zealous recycling or driving a hybrid. … Continue reading Un-Albertan
Sensory Processing after the Fort McMurray Wildfire The red fire tee. That's how I think of it. It sounds like a description from an L.L. Bean catalogue. It's not. It's the shirt I wore for almost twenty four hours as our family fled from the Fort McMurray wildfire three years ago. Often when I reached … Continue reading The Red Fire Tee
Pop Music, Acid Rain, and our Climate Challenge I grew up in the 1980's when the radio waves were a-rift with iconic pop tunes disguising omens of apocalyptic doom. Remember Nena's "99 Luft Balloons"? Nuclear War. Rush's "Distant Early Warning"? A suite of doomsday scenarios. Platinum Blonde's "Sad Sad Rain" ? At that time I … Continue reading Sad Sad Rain – a Reason for Hope