This posting provides links for a # of topics I've written about more than once over the years. Handy for me to have these items in one easy-to-find location...
Please note: some of the links in old postings still work (I've done a little bit of work on that), but most do not. Apologies for the inconvenience! (It IS hugely inconvenient, believe me, I know!)
On May 14/19 I observe this: Sometimes I’ve included the dates of the old postings. Sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes the old stuff is up top, sometimes it’s ordered the opposite way. What can I say? I am messy. Walt Whitman said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Why Am I an Activist? (1) <March 29/09>
Why Am I an Activist? (2) <July 10/09>
Protests Are Celebrations! <July 13/10>
Why I Love Activists/Activism <March 16/11>
Activism Rocks! <June 7/13>
Courage, Apathy & Evil <March 28/10>
Innocence & Evil (Apathy too) <Jan. 12/11>
Why I am an eco-terrorist (not) <Nov. 21/13>
A comment in a posting of mine from 2011: "Our species faces an awfully daunting number & variety of seriously mind-boggling, stubborn challenges. I was once asked what I considered the biggest environmental problem in Durham Region (the municipality east of Toronto, Ontario), where I was then living. I could have said air pollution (very high rates of asthma in Durham Region). I could have said climate change (not too many people were talking about climate change at that time, though). I could have said nuclear issues (2 huge nuke plants in Durham Region, right beside Lake Ontario, & Lake Ontario a dumping ground for tritium, although I was not tuned in on that at the time…). Or pesticides, an issue on which I did considerable work back then.
What I actually replied was, Apathy."
Belonging, Boxes & Circles
Belonging: ABC Re-learning time <Mar. 24/09>
Circles (& boxes). Magic (& Magic Lost!) <March 17/10>
Crosses, Circles, Resurrection <Jan. 31/12>
Alien Nation <Dec. 8/12>
Boxes, Edges, Belonging <March 5/16>
I did quite a # of postings about canoe trips on my original blog site, over the years. I pulled a lot of them together & put them in a collection in this posting, last year.
CHERNOBYL - 30 YEARS <April 26/16>
Chernobyl: 29 years -- It’s the WASTE, Stupid! <April 26/15>
Chernobyl: 3 minutes that will haunt you <Nov. 2014>
Chernobyl: more <May 2014>
Chernobyl in Toronto <April 27/14>
Chernobyl: 28 years. Still breaking hearts <April 26/14>
Chernobyl - 26th Anniversary <April 26/12>
CHERNOBYL - 25th anniversary (+ links) <April 26/11>
The posting Christmas 2016 has links to some of my Christmas postings over the years.
is discussed mostly in the NTE (Near-Term Extinction) section, below. There is a very small collection of climate change quotations, here.
Control Freaks Anonymous <March 22/09>
Ditching the 2 x 4's <April 11/09>
Why we are control freaks (I think) <Dec. 2/17>
Here is a meditation on control from my very dog-eared, very dear Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much book. A book that never gets old! (Okay, the book is old; but its contents? Never. See photo below.)
Control <posted May 20/19>
A whack of postings & great quotations here
Unattended Sorrow <Oct. 2011>
Grief (& the crazier things get) <May 2013>
Grief: help (if you need it) <Sept. 2015>
Grief (Conversations) <Dec. 2015>
Thanksgiving <Dec. 2016>
Hearts Broken (& ... not) <Dec. 2016>
Grief <Feb. 2017>
Sad <July 2017>
Beached Whale <Sept. 2017>
Sadness, Books, Friends <May 2018>
Feeling the Joy, the Gratitude … and the Grief <June 2019>
New collection of quotations about grief
Do Something for Somebody Quick! <Such good advice!!>
In the NTE section, below, more items about dealing with grief can be found at the end of the list of postings
Humour ('cos we all need a laugh now & again, hmmmm???)
Funny - a bunch of funny graphics
Climate humour! (on Paul Beckwith’s site)
** I have not kept up on the lead issue. Most of my work on this issue was in 2011; but since 2010 I've spent most of my learning/activism energy/efforts focused on nuclear issues. p.s. on Nov. 27/18. I recommend that you see Michael Moore’s latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9 if you’d like to get a good take on the lead scandal in Flint, Michigan. Holy crap, what a tale.
2 great quotations about lead:
“The inordinately stupid & irresponsible handling of lead by our society is undoubtedly one of the worst of societal crimes, with the greatest injury & hence injustice concentrating in the ghetto, on the poor.” – Dr. John W. Gofman, MD, PhD, in "Irrevy” – An Irreverent, Illustrated View of Nuclear Power
“Lead moves us down the stupid scale & doesn’t let us come back.” – Stephen Collette, environmental building consultant & certified building biologist
Mantras for Today <July 19/09>
Mantras I Live By <March 2/12>
Figuring It Out <Jan. 28/13>
Mantras to Live By <Dec. 23/16>
** One of the most helpful, now, I find: “I don’t have to figure that out right now.”
Motherhood Keeps Us Humble <posted on March 10/18, but it’s actually from 2005>
Thinking Like a Grandmother <Jan. 22/11>
What Do We Do Now? <Nov. 24/14>
Motherhood/Parenthood in the face of NTE <Nov. 30/14>
Motherhood - Short & Personal <July 2/18>
Mother’s Day 2019 <May 20/19>
** motherhood-related quotations here
Near-term Extinction, or NTE
Postings - there are so many of these, I can't list them all here. This is just a smattering, listed chronologically (oldest ones are at the top).
Let's Be Honest This was more or less my "coming out" post about NTE <July 2013>
Near-Term Extinction/NTE -- a lot of good links in this one <June 2014>
Wicked Problems <June 2014>
Truth, Stories, Lies <June 2014>
Dear Margaret <Nov. 2014>
What Do We Do Now? <Nov. 2014>
Flinching <Nov. 2014>
Epitaphs for Earthlings (2) <Aug. 2015>
Brace For Impact <Sept. 2015>
Being Realistic in the Face of NTE <Sept. 2015>
That Was Then. This is Now <Oct. 2015>
WOW! <Oct. 2015>
Surrender / Rage Paradox <Dec. 2015>
Hospice <Jan. 2016>
My Kitchen Table <March 2016>
I am a GMO* <April 2016>
Keep Flossing! <Aug. 2016>
Gallows Humour <Oct. 2016>
The Apocalypse Cometh <Nov. 2016>
Existential Dread <Nov. 2016>
Fly on the Wall <Dec. 2016>
Never Too Late! <Jan. 2017>
Train Wreck <Feb. 2017>
Out in the Open <June 2017>
While the Shit is Hitting the Fan <July 2017>
4 Words of Advice <July 12/17>
But! <July 31/17>
Happy Accidents <Aug. 2017>
Habits. & Ants <Aug. 2017>
What if today was the last day? <Sept. 2017>
This is Me, Surrendering (& um, Not) <Sept. 2017>
Beached Whale <Sept. 2017>
#WASF #We.Are.Still.Here <Oct. 2017>
Getting Over Ourselves <Dec. 2017>
Waiting for the End of the World <Dec. 2017>
Dénouement <Dec. 6/17>
It ain’t over <Dec. 6/17>
I think I must be from another planet <Feb. 2018>
Too Painful to Talk About <Feb. 2018>
Gazing Fearlessly. & Asking for Help <May 2018>
Staying on My Feet <May 2018>
The Radiance of the Doomed <July 2018>
NTE: It isn't just... <July 2018>
A “Good” Day <Sept. 2018>
Nothing Much to Say <Sept. 2018>
Things I Know for Sure. I think. Now. <Nov. 26/18>
What a Gift! <Nov. 30/18>
Nailed to the Present Moment <Dec. 17/18>
Full Disclosure. A - Z <Jan.27/19>
When Everything is Broken <Jan. 27/19>
As Good as it Gets <March 14/19>
Slowing Down <March 30/19>
We the People! (We the sheep) <May 6/19>
Mother’s Day 2019 <May 20/19>
#NoFuture? <May 20/19>
Walking. Still… <May 23/19>
A Hill Worth Dying On <June 8/19>
Feeling the Joy, the Gratitude … & the Grief <June 8/19>
** Note: once you’ve become convinced our species is toast, as they say, pretty much everything you write is tinged with that awareness. So ... many postings not listed above are also coloured by this (for me) inescapable truth. Also, I keep stumbling upon old NTE-related postings I'd neglected to add in here, & adding them. The list groweth endlessly!?
** Several useful items about dealing with the current human situation:
Climate Crisis Forces Us to Ask: To What Do We Devote Ourselves? <Dahr Jamail, May 6/19>. Dahr Jamail’s lecture ‘Update on the State of the Planet: How Then Shall We Live?’ is also quite a keeper.
So What If We're Doomed? *** this is a real treasure! Long, beautifully written. Inspiring, & helpful.
++ Some lovely Joanna Macy quotes on how to view & cope with it all in this posting
The Greatest Danger, a piece by Joanna Macy that addresses despair, grief & denial in the face of the perilous situation we Earthlings now find ourselves in. It addresses: “How do we confront what we scarcely dare to think? How do we face our grief, fear, and rage without “going to pieces?”
& of course, also items about grief up above, under G for Grief.
I’m adding in this one, which I find very helpful indeed! Do Something for Somebody Quick! ((I sometimes need this reminder for myself. I keep a copy on the side of my fridge, where I spot it often.))
There was simply a ton of nuke material on my old, original blog site … & really nicely organized, too... but it all became utterly scattered & disorganized in the switch-over to this one. Sigh. My (amazing!!) collection of nuke-related quotes is here. An even finer collection of nuke-related quotes can be found at this location (there is quite a bit of other good stuff on that site as well).
Patriarchy … again —— has a simply amazing Matthew Fox poem in it
** Here's what Jane Fonda said, a couple months back, about patriarchy: “The patriarchy is a wounded beast. And nothing is more dangerous than a wounded beast."
Sick Puppies, Morons & Moral Slackards <Oct. 16/12>
Psychopaths & Fairy Tales <May 7/13>
Psychopaths <July 12/17>
Quotation Central is a whole separate section on the blog. Tons of great quotations, in many-many categories. Always more collections I want to compile; never quite enough hours in the day!
Resurrected <May 2016>
My Religion, take 2 <Sept. 2013>
Crosses, Circles, Resurrection <Jan. 2012>
Sin is That Which Separates <Aug. 2010>
My Religion <July 2010>
Spirituality: More Thoughts <June 2009>
What is Spirituality FOR? <June 2009>
The Problem with God <Oct. 2007>
Religion and the Environment <Dec. 1994>
Recently harvested quotation about religion: “Jesus preached the most pared-down, dirt-simple kind of truth, and then a bunch of theoretical thinkers messed with it and turned his words into a religion with rules and punishments and things to memorize and get dressed up for. Same with other saints and prophets from every religion – their words are basic, but we humans go through all sorts of convoluted maneuvers to metabolize their wisdom.” – Elizabeth Lesser in Marrow – Love, Loss, and What Matters Most (an utterly memorable, helpful, WONDERFUL book).
Soup Recipes (&, well, pesto 🙂)
Autumn Soup <posted Jan. 2014>
Leek & Potato <posted Sept. 2013>
Lentil Vegetable Soup <posted Nov. 2012>
Navy Bean Soup <posted Jan. 2014>
Pea Soup <posted Nov. 2011>
Potato / Chickpea / Tomato <posted Jan. 2014>
Red Lentil Soup <posted Dec. 1/18> ** Carrot soup recipe is there too. 🙂 🙂
GARLIC SCAPE PESTO …. To die for, I kid you not!!
Vaccine posts are listed nice & neatly, over on the right-hand side of the blog's main page. There are more than 30 of them, now. One of my favourites is the Miscellany posting. It's here Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z. But I'm fond of them all. So much work has gone into them!? ** I’ve added a page of vaccine quotes. The Flu Shots posting has tons of good info, as has the Measles Resources posting. ** Another new favourite? 30 Things you may not know about vaccines.
Posts & quotes related to walking are found here.
A few old favourites...
** Remember: sadly, internal links have gone dead in these old postings... Some have been repaired, but most have not. This list has been arranged alphabetically, not chronologically. Some of these items are OLD!!
One Portage at a Time <from Sept 1995>