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Guest Moodler: Going solar in Edmonton
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Guest Moodler: Going solar in Edmonton
Two weeks ago, my hubby and I went on a hot date (for geeks!) -- a Solar Energy Society of Alberta evening on electric vehicles. We came away convinced that, for the sake of our planet (not to mention our wallets), we should probably sell our present vehicle and go electric. The panel of presente...
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Sunday Reflection: "Who do you say that I am?"
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Sunday Reflection: "Who do you say that I am?"
Today's reading is brought to you by Mark 8:27.I've never met John, or Elijah, or any of those prophets your disciples would name,but I think I know you.Your eyes twinkleeven when you're serious.Your hands are gentleas you touch,heal,and embrace.You move with purposeto help others,...
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Simple Suggestion #278... Change for Climate
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Simple Suggestion #278... Change for Climate
With hurricanes Florence, Helene, and Isaac, and Super Typhoon Mangkut besieging different places today, and with the weather abnormalities, droughts and wildfires we've seen across our planet this summer, it's past time to do everything we can to slow climate change. I suspect those who follow t...
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Ralphs' squash... and tomatoes, and a bunch of other produce
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Ralphs' squash... and tomatoes, and a bunch of other produce
With a four-letter s-word dreaded by all (but especially gardeners!) in the forecast for tomorrow or the next day, perhaps it's time to wrap up a few harvest moodlings. I went out to pick today because I'm afraid covering my cucumbers and tomatoes won't work too well if 10-15 cm of white stuff ar...
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Sunday Reflection: We're all God's favourites
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Sunday Reflection: We're all God's favourites
The cover of an amazing book by Peter SpierToday's reflection is brought to you by James 2:1-5.We are all your children,equally favoured by you,who love everyone.How we dress,how smart we are,the colour of our skin,our sexuality or the gender we present as --these things matter not a whitin your ...
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: First fruits
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: First fruits
Today's reflection is brought to you byJames 1: 17-27.You,O God,are the source of all perfect giftsand all generosity.When we give,it is your bounty that we are giving;nothingthat we have to give is oursbecause you createdeverything.All our freedom,memories,knowledge,possessions,gifts,and talents...
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Simple Suggestion #277... Plant a local forest
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The site of the newest food forestThese days, I like to take Shadow for walks to check on the City of Edmonton's latest food forest project. Many Edmontonians got together on Saturday to plant all sorts of food bearing trees and other shrubs on the bank of the hill in Strathearn Park.A view up th...
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The beauty of three sisters
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I'm one of three sisters, and I absolutely love the other two. So when I look at the three sisters in my garden, I often wonder which of the three represents my dearest sisters and which is me. The easy answer would be that the squash plant has yellow flowers that my youngest sister would like (s...
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Sunday Reflection: Choices, choices
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Today's reflection brought to you byJoshua 24:15-18.You give us so many options,O God,that we often don't knowwhether we are coming or going.The array of possibilities is dazzlingwhen we considerwhom we shall serve:The idol of our economy?The gods of fame and fortune?A culture which places posses...
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Guest Moodler: Sermon on Wisdom
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Six years ago today, I posted a sermon on the Bread of Life, delivered by my best friend, Cathy, in her United Church. Today I have the pleasure of posting another of her sermons -- this time reflecting on the very same readings, but with a different theme. Being a little older and wiser, I have ...
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What to DO about our smoky skies
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What to DO about our smoky skies
this afternoon...With so many wildfires in British Columbia (and other places) this summer, Western North America is under a pall of smoke. I live less than five kilometers from our downtown skyscrapers, and it's not easy to see them through the haze."This sucks!" "It's so gross out there!" "I fe...
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Simple Suggestion #276... Use compost instead of fertilizer
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Simple Suggestion #276... Use compost instead of fertilizer
I've been growing an organic garden for a couple of years now -- no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. And the key to it all is using compost instead of Miracle Gro. Instead of adding blue stuff to my water, every two or three weeks I simply put a couple of handsful of compost at th...
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: God's true sustainability
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: God's true sustainability
Today's reflection is brought to you by 1 Kings 19:4-8 and John 6:51a.Sometimes I feel like Elijah,O God,because the world gets to be a bit much.Last week's blue skies obliteratedby grey smoke.Wildfires, floods and earthquakes.The inhumanity of some human beings.It is enoughto make me want to lie...
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Ralph's lavatera
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Ralph's lavatera
My lavateraTwo weeks ago, I returned from walking the dog to find my 93-year-old neighbour, Ralph, standing in my back yard, checking out my garden. I was delighted to see him.He'd been out on an errand, and decided to stop by since he hadn't seen me for a while (we took our summer vacation). "I ...
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Sunday reflection: How to be new
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Sunday reflection: How to be new
This reflection is brought to you by Ephesians 4: 17-24.O Christ,as your sisters and brothers,we are called to live as you live.Not just using our intellects,but living with wide open hearts,accepting life's many differences and possibilitieswithout judgment.In these times,there is no excusefor i...
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