“Project Zero Waste” has officially begun!

“Project Zero Waste” has commenced! Now, I realize we’re probably not going to be completely zero waste, and I likely won’t be able to achieve quite so complete a waste reduction as Bea Johnson’s family has, especially because I live in the middle of nowhere where they are very few options for alternative-style shopping, compared […]

Baby Birds

There’s a robin’s nest perched under the eaves of our garage, sheltered by an unruly rose bush. Every spring, I wait for the mama robin to arrive. She built her nest the first spring we moved into our house. I watched her fly awkwardly with long pieces of dried grass and twigs, somehow forcing them […]

Garden Therapy

A transformation has taken place in the garden beds surrounding my house. I’ve been tackling them with gusto, inspired by a conversation with my gardener extraordinaire neighbour. She told me to go ahead and clean out the beds: “Start raking so you can see what you’ve got.” Since moving into this house two years ago, I’ve […]

On Nature-Deficit Disorder : book review

“Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours, Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children, as the leopard; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man.”  Henry David Thoreau I’ve just finished […]