Simple Moodlings

Simple Moodlings n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. odds and ends inspired by life and the thoughts of others

Recent Blog Posts

Helping the Rohingya
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Helping the Rohingya
Sometimes, I'm a bit slow on the uptake. After months of hearing about the Rohingya refugee crisis, I finally made a donation to help them this afternoon.It can be hard to know how to donate, but it's only procrastination that kept me from it until now. I always have complete confidence in giving...
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Simple Suggestion #269... Drive smarter
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Simple Suggestion #269... Drive smarter
Did you hear about the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice in the news yesterday? Being released on what was the statutory Remembrance Day holiday for many people, its timing wasn't the best, as often happens with these very important news items.Basically, 15,364 scientist...
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Seeking Wisdom
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Seeking Wisdom
O Wisdom,we find you in all your goodness, beauty and truthwhen we allow love to lead us.O God of Wisdomhow quickly you show yourselfwhen we allow youto work in us,to do what is right and just.You waitpatientlyfor us to seek you --even as you are constantly seeking us.You appear on our pathand me...
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Remembering them
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Remembering them
We've marked Remembrance Day in many different ways over the years, from visiting City Hall's cenotaph to holding our ears against the 21-gun salute at the Legislature grounds to witnessing the indoor parade of veterans from the Butterdome bleachers at the U of A. But I think we've found our favo...
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A talented bunch, singing about hockey
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A talented bunch, singing about hockey
At the recent 50th Anniversary Gala for Development and Peace, all who attended were treated to some pretty great entertainment, including the Logan Alexis Singers. Just four of them came to sing for us with their drums and powerful voices, and I had goosebumps. Their talent and gentle humour add...
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Happy 50th Anniversary, Development and Peace!
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Happy 50th Anniversary, Development and Peace!
For the last 50 years, a Canadian Catholic organization has been doing what needs to be done when it comes to standing up for justice and peace in the developing world. I'm old enough to remember quite a few of the yearly Share Lent campaigns and different projects that the Canadian Catholic Orga...
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Come to the quiet
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Come to the quiet
This Sunday's readings remind us of the importance of humility and how the beauty, goodness and truth in our lives are not something we claim in order to hold ourselves above others, but are simply gifts that come from God. Self-importance gets us nowhere -- it's genuine humility that is truly ap...
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A critical time for reducing waste
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A critical time for reducing waste
A view of the compost aeration hallWaste reduction week 2017 (October 16-22) was just a few weeks ago, and since then, city managers have discovered that part of our  Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence is having some rather un-excellent structural problems. The snowfall on the ro...
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Simple Suggestion #268... Make a simple fruit fly trap
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Simple Suggestion #268... Make a simple fruit fly trap
Every fall when I bring in garden produce, and sometimes midwinter if I buy bananas, more fruit flies than people live in my kitchen. Tiny flies can be quite an annoyance, but they aren't hard to catch with the right trap.Unfortunately, marketers have come up with mostly plastic but snazzily-desi...
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Love is the bottom line
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Love is the bottom line
Out of the 613 commandments in the Torah,you remind usover and over againthrough all the centuries sincethat the bottom lineis love.Unfortunately,our leaders think the bottom lineis a strong economy.But where does that get us, really?How would the world changeif we lived by your bottom line inste...
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