Moving through some interesting times right now. These mixes are helping a lot (Parts 1 and 2).
Continue reading “Soul Sisters”
January and February were a bit of a blur. I covered a colleague’s sabbatical for all of January, and was visiting my family on the West Coast for most of February. In that time I acquired a few books…here are the announcements from Quill & Quire.
Continue reading “Recent acquisitions”
Monday evening was devoted to Up Ghost River, Edmund Metatawabin’s memoir of surviving St. Anne’s Residential School, coping with alcoholism and PTSD, and becoming Chief of Fort Albany First Nation.
Up Ghost River won the Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Book Award. The ceremony was held at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Legislature. Edmund and his wife, Joan, were able to attend the ceremony—no small feat, as they came about 1200 km. They travelled for two days from Fort Albany to Toronto, driving on an ice road to Timmins and flying the rest of the way. Continue reading “Up Ghost River wins the Speaker’s Book Award”
I was teaching the names [of plants] and ignoring the songs.
I was entranced by this conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kimmerer speaks of the shortcomings of science and language in describing and relating to inanimate objects, namely plants. How much more could we learn about other beings if we knew how to listen, instead of simply speaking about and categorizing them? Would we respect inanimate objects more if we endowed them with personhood? How would our relationship to the land improve? And can we really call plants, some of which close and open their leaves and turn their heads to follow a light source, inanimate? Continue reading “The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life”