"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Wednesday
Aug142019

BS Jobs

When I was a boy growing up on a farm in the 1950s, a farmer tilling his fields was typically driving at 25 HP tractor. Farmers today typically drive 400 HP tractors. Need I tell you how much more today's farmer gets done in the same time as yesteryear's farmer?

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Wednesday
Aug072019

Candy Mania

Once again this year I took note of how candy mania “feeds” the festive atmosphere of the annual Steinbach parade. By far the majority of persons lining the street were children on summer holidays accompanied of course by adult caregivers and a sprinkling of senior citizens. Who else gets a Friday morning off in mid-summer?

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Wednesday
Jul312019

David Dawson

David Dawson, a long time participant and supporter of the South Eastman Transition Initiative and frequent contributor to Rethinking Lifestyle, has passed away. He was 76. Regular readers of this column will immediately recall some of David’s more contentious, opinionated views. Many have no doubt scowled in indignation or laughed in agreement with his commentary - either because you disagreed with him, or because you agreed and wouldn’t have had the audacity to say it so bluntly yourself.

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Wednesday
Jul242019

Your Clothes Want To Be Dry

Your clothes want to be dry. You can wet them all you want but as soon as you spread them out, they’ll return to their natural state of humidity – the same as all the other items around them. It seems silly then, to waste the highest form of energy (electricity) by degrading it into the lowest (heat) just to accomplish the same task just so you can avoid going outside.

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Wednesday
Jul172019

Oil Dependent or Oil Addicted?

No doubt Canada is extremely dependant on oil. Ours is a cold climate, and we need to expend more energy than most countries just to keep warm. Also our country is sparsely populated and because of this we need to travel greater distances just to remain in touch with one another and to move goods between different parts of the country. There is a good reason for our dependence on oil, but are we addicted? I submit we are addicted! Hear me out.

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