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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Suffering Salmon

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Staycations and Holidays

A random assortment of pictures from the last few weeks... We did a family staycation here in in NS, hiking in Keji, a night in Yarmouth, up through the Annapolis Valley. Gorgeous all round and I find myself after two years feeling increasingly at home in this province.

Hallowe'en was a blast and Dylan "went" (read hung around the house) as a bear. I'd bought a stuffed teddy bear and emptied it of filling and made it to fit D. Not suprisingly by the time Hallowe'en rolled around, he'd already grown out of it.

We had a farewell party for our friends Amy and Larry who've left Hali and moved to the UK. We miss them and all those good folks who've left here in the last two years. Seems we're the real nomads.

All's well. D turns one this Friday and I started back at work f/t this past week. It's good to be back and luckily we found a good daycare that Dylan seems to be liking. And Chris, as usual, is working like crazy and doing his best to change the world.

Peace out to all the folks out there, M

Friday, November 13, 2009

Critical Mass Confusion

Click the unicyclist for my latest article: Critical Mass Confusion.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Moms Against Climate Change

From: Rick Smith []
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 10:13 AM
To: Rick Smith
Subject: Do it for your kids (or nieces, nephews or grandchildren)...

Dear Friends,

I’m sure you feel, like I do, that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. We’re all juggling work, family and other commitments. This is why I try not to fill your inbox with things requiring your attention.

Now, though, I'm asking for your help.

No surprise, it's about global warming. We all know it's a problem but it sometimes feels like there’s little that any of us can do about it.

But there is something we can do. Something that will make a difference. Something that will only take a few moments of your time. I'm writing to ask you to take a few minutes today, tomorrow or as soon as you can for Moms Against Climate Change.

We are asking moms and other concerned Canadians to send a message to our political leaders now, demanding they protect our children's future from global warming. Why now? You may have read or heard about a crucial international climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December. All the world's leaders will be there.

We need to make sure that Stephen Harper and his government remember who they are representing in Copenhagen - our kids.

How can you help?

1. Watch our new Public Service Announcement. This PSA was created for free by zig, a really great communications company. You can watch it on YouTube right now: It will be running on TV stations across Canada.

2. Send the YouTube video to all of your friends, family, coworkers...anyone you know!

3. Tell Stephen Harper to get tough on global warming pollution. Here's where our kids come in. Go to the web site: and post a photo of your kids on the photo wall. Don't worry, we've set up the site so your kids' privacy is fully protected (Otherwise, I wouldn't ask you to do it!). We will be projecting this photo mosaic on outdoor spaces near Parliament Hill to let Stephen Harper know Canadian parents expect him to protect our children's future from global warming.

4. Share the video and web site with your family and it on your Facebook page or Twitter (this is easy to do from the web site).

5. Talk to your friends and family about this important action they can take. Sometimes a phone chat or face-to-face conversation works better than an email.

To upload a photo, or learn more, visit:

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. You really will make a difference, I promise! Our political leaders need to know what we expect them to do to protect our children from the harsh reality of global warming.

All the best,


Monday, November 02, 2009

Best Atlantic Canadian books

Click the picture to see my top ten favourite Atlantic Canadian books. [I would have included my great aunt's book of poetry: Dim Time and History on a Garrison Clock, but my bias was too obvious.]