15 February 2008

We're going to Norway!

M has been selected as one of 30 kids in North America and 300 worldwide to attend the Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway this June. I have also been approved as a chaperone. The conference is sponsored by the United Nations and the kids will prepare a statement which will be presented to world leaders. The UN has a mandate to consider the opinion of children when making decisions affecting the environment. Our M will have a chance, at the age of 11, to influence world leaders! So if you have anything you want them to hear, just tell M before June.

10 February 2008

White pine whine

When it's windy, I worry about the white pine. I'm sure it has survived many storms in the past, and no doubt will last longer than me, but I'd really miss it if it ever came down. That's all I wanted to say.

My first pancakes

You know how the first pancakes of a batch often turn out not very well until you've got the pan at just the right temperature? Well the first pancakes on the new stove, in a new cast iron pan turned out perfectly, if I do say so myself. Yay me.

I've been posting a lot on some pretty basic things. The joys of keeping warm and fed and composting the result. It may be that I'll climb Mazlow's hierarchy at some point, or maybe I'm self actualizing by learning to use a cookstove. I do find my time at the Shack far more fulfilling than my supposedly civilized work life. But change is in the wind at the not for profit, privatized, safety critical corporation, so who knows?


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