Archive for January, 2011

new ideas

So I’ve got this idea for an art gallery show. It’s profound and it’s beautiful.

I’ll keep you posted.


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Saving the world

so here’s a post on my field biologist life.  Lots of people don’t know that I am also a field biologist, have been for over 10 years now.  I get to work in some of the most amazing, remote spots on this planet.  I’ve been as far north as Greenland,

I’ve been in countless bird reserves, restricted areas around Lake Erie in S. Ontario. I’ve been to one of the Flat Earth Society’s corner’s of the world – Brimstone Head-Fogo Island,  the most southerly point in Canada – Mosquito Point-Pelee Island, And the most Northerly Community in NL  – Nain.

I also have been working on Ships on the Atlantic.  These trips can run the scale from absolutely amazing to absolutely heart breaking. The first time I went out, we chanced upon a pod of feeding Orcas….

I was very happy…..

and then there are the trips that I find difficult. the ones that make it impossible to avoid the reason why I’m out there. I recently did a trip on an oil rig supply vessel. A tiny ship that carries supplies back and forth the oil platforms in the middle of our ocean.  I am out there counting birds to add to the database of where the birds are, what kinds, how old, what time of year, what are they doing etc….. just in case one of these oil platforms breaks and a spill happens we (as a whole) will know where the birds are most likely to be in order to save them.  So when I was on this trip this was my scenery for 8 days….



It’s difficult and I was miserable on this last trip. Looking back at it now, the next time I do an at sea contract I will keep in mind that it’s for a great good and that the work is truly important.  Because the more data we have the more we know and the better we can help these little guys:


Life is good.

Peace and Balance.

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I’ve just been shown Brene Brown‘s ted talk and found her website.  I have been thinking about it all day. It’s dense, it made me cry, I’m so very happy it exists in the world.

There’s an excersize in a few of her posts from something called Reverb10.  Questions to answer – feel free to do these yourself.

I copied a few of the questions and posted them here for y’all to see.  These are lessons in vulnerability after all, seemed like the thing to do.

From Gwen Bell: Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the world to be that captures 2011?

2010: opening –   Opening my eyes to reality and my emotions and my family and friends emotions.

2011: Courage – To say what is on my mind, to forge through the fear of being wrong or mocked or belittled because of who I am and what I want in life.

From Leo Babauta: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your work- and can you eliminate it?

Fighting, feeling in-adequate, internet numbing.  Yes I can eliminate a good chunk of this.

From Ali Edwards: Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

Sitting in the waterfall in Drift Timber Cove.  The power of the water was so great I thought I was going to get carried away. The water was so cold I didn’t think I could handle it, but it felt to amazing to be in it that I just couldn’t bear to leave.  The sunshine after the cold water, the laughing, the photography.  Being outside, smelling the juniper and the ocean. Feeling the hot rocks on my skin.  Hearing Jason’s laughter and happy voice. Seeing the sparkle in his eyes.

From Jeffery Davis: How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

From Alice Bradley: What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?

Letting go is not something I do easily or well.  I am much better and holding on tight no matter how good it is for me to let go.  I’m not sure what or who I let go of this year. This requires more thought…

From Gretchen Rubin: What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

The last thing I made was gingerbread cookies, they were delicious and fun. Not too sweet but with LOTS of candy….mmmmm candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds.

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before the holidays we painted our kitchen… i guess it was even before the Crazy Season. Either way it was a dull beige with a dark red ceiling. and now it’s Eccentric Lime with medium gloss white on the ceiling with brown trim…mmmmmmm mint chocolate chip ice-cream anyone??


and when I say  ‘we’ I mean myself, Jason, my mother and my father. we gutted the space, took down the ceiling and put it back up. The ceiling had semi fallen down with the leak that was in it 3 years ago when we bought the house.  We finally took the plunge and fixed it.  we had the whole thing complete in one weekend.  Thanks Mom Thanks Dad.

we also painted the inside of the cupboards glossy white over the dark red.  It’s amazing what a change of color can do.  We’re thinking of painting the living room next, turquoise and yellow with a grey  on the softwood floor……


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