#828 The Kiwi who married a Bedouin

Marguerite van Geldermalsen

Many young travelers seek adventures in places that seem exotic to them, opening doors to cultures and people they would never meet in the town they came from. But not many of them end up making their home in a…


#818 Guardians of vacant property

Dot Dot Dot guardians

They are in every city—vacant properties where weeds grow through cracks, boards cover doors and windows, repairs are neglected, maintenance is non-existent, and looting and squatting prevail. The whole neighbourhood slides downhill because of them. That is where Dot Dot…


#808 An economy of real wealth

Wall Street sign

This morning another handful of schemes for making piles of money came to me via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. What they all had in common was the message that money was the measure of my worth, and they each had…


#805 Showered with blessings

Blessing of flowers

The lure of a book bargain is irresistible so when Book Gorilla included a link to Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality in its daily e-newsletter, I clicked on it. It makes…


#804 Really Local food for really local kids

U-pick strawberries

Finding reliable markets for local, sustainably produced foods can be a challenge for farmers. So a group of about 30 of them in New Brunswick’s southeastern region have formed a cooperative, whose mission is to promote sustainable agriculture. I like…


#796 This one’s for you, Jeanne

Jeanne Hardy and Liz Weir

I have just been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s conversation with Caroline Baum at the Sydney Opera House. They spoke in April 2013, and the video is almost as good as being there. For me, it is also timely. I write…