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Electricity Meter - Reducing Home Energy Use

Purchasing Carbon Offsets for our Home Energy Use

While Erin and I are working to reduce the energy use (and therefore GHG impact), we know that we will always have some impact. We very much like our refrigerator and television and are not going to do without them. For the energy we do use, we’ve decided to purchase carbon offsets to compensate for…

Measure What Matters - Wangari Maathai

Measure What Matters

From time to time, we all take stock of our lives. We look at where we are, what we have become, what we have, who we are, and we pass judgement upon ourselves. Often these evaluations are overly critical or benchmarked against unrealistic expectations. These moments of self-evaluation can be crushing and can be the…

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet Greens

One of the best parts of having your own garden is the harvest. As fall settles in, the harvest gets into full swing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and beets are all just begging to be plucked or pulled and eaten.   Sunday, after a glorious day of extended summer, I decided to make supper from our…

Partisanship and Political Identity

Partisanship and Political Identity

I have always been interested in politics – well, more world affairs than politics per se, but political awareness has always been part of my consciousness. My parents, though not party members, were strong supporters of the New Democratic Party. I distinctly remember my mother heaping praise on Howard Pawley our local MLA and the…

Desiderata - You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.


Somewhere, in the bottom of a musty box, tucked away in a dark corner of my parent’s house is a coil-bound, Hilroy notebook with a poorly handwritten copy of Desiderata taking up its last two pages. Desiderata is a prose poem I first encountered on a poster, tacked to the cork board wall beside my…