"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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Rethinking Lifestyles

We prepare a weekly column that appears on page 7 in The Carillon and on mysteinbach.ca every week. It also appears as a blog: Rethinking Lifesyle.blogspot.com. Subscribe to it in your reader and join the discussion through the comment section. We also welcome 500 word essays from readers of the column and will publish essays germane to who we are. Send your essays to eric@southeasttransition.com.
Tuesday
Jun132017

Embracing the Wind

The fuel that drove economies in the 19th century was mostly coal. In the 20th century it was oil. What will it be in the 21st century?

Coal still fuels many electricity plants around the world but continues to pollute. And we are running out of oil. All oil-producing countries have now reached “peak oil” and production of this once ubiquitous fossil fuel is declining world-wide.

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Tuesday
Jun062017

Cycle Again

I cherish my memories of learning to ride a bike. The exhilarating speed, the acrobatic feel of a new movement, and the expanding horizons were absolutely thrilling to me. Eventually though, I left it behind and started driving a car. After all, the roads were really designed for cars. It also took too long to get where I wanted to go in a city that defines distances in “minutes by automobile”. And finally, I’m lazy.

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Tuesday
May302017

Sheltering from the wind

Remember the winds of the May long weekend? I was driving east across the province, near Gladstone, and found myself almost unable to see my way through a dust storm. Field after field you could see swirling winds lifting soil into the air and blowing it several kilometres.

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Tuesday
May232017

Sourdough Bread

The pioneers that populated Canada were resilient and self-sufficient people. They had to make all their own bread at a time before dehydrated fast acting commercial yeast was available, so they took a small quantity of starter with them. This would have been a sourdough starter so all their bread would have been sourdough, which is now considered to be supreme and is highly sought after.

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Tuesday
May162017

A New Homestead Act

A few weeks ago in this column, Eric Rempel challenged us to think about what a Homestead Act for the 21st century would look like. The first Homestead Act, called the Dominion Lands Act in Canada offered to give (for a $10 administration fee) every person over 18 years old, including women who were leaders of a household, 160 acres of land with an additional 160 acres available for another $10 fee. In order to get a title of ownership you had to “prove” the land which meant live there for at least three years, plow up at least 40 acres of the 160 and build a permanent dwelling on the land.

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