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

Henry D. Thoreau




Rethinking Resilience

Those of us who have become concerned about the sustainability of our lifestyle; how our lifestyle affects resource depletion, catastrophic pollution, climate change and a host of other environmental issues, are well aware that the activities of any one of us will do nothing to save this planet for our children and grandchildren. Global action is necessary to address the threat of climate change. National action could significantly affect resource depletion and some other aspects of sustainability and our vote once every four years, in a small way, contributes to national direction. We can add to that vote by writing letters to our MPs, but beyond that, there is little we can do to affect national action. So, in the end, does it matter what we do?

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Does Spending Money make you Happy?

We recently had “Black Friday” followed by “Cyber Monday” when people queued up to buy stuff that in all probability in many cases they didn’t really need. Knowing that people love a bargain, stores take the opportunity to dispose of old stock, discontinued lines and outdated items.

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FYI - MHV Ladies' Auxiliary Presents: Seed to Seed Jan 10 2019


High Oil Prices or Low Gas Prices

Tar sands in alberta 2008Two posts on my Facebook timeline, one scroll apart, show just how bizarre the political economics of oil are these days.

In one post, a PC MPP from Ontario brags about how the Ontario government has lowered gas prices. The other was a news article about how Rachel Notley and the NDP government of Alberta will finally begin reducing production in order to address the glut of bitumen that’s currently driving oil prices down—that is, they’re trying to increase oil prices.

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One year of Solar Panel Experience

One year ago, when my solar panels came on line, I expected to produce about 7 Megawatts of power annually based on advertised averages and assumptions. My experience fell slightly short of that by producing 6.3 Megawatts, about 90% of my expectation.

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