An encouraging trend is ‘new urbanism,’ which values high density city environments with connected, interdependent citizens. New urbanism realizes that if we all just retreat into suburban garages with automatic doors and our private residence cocoons, then no one is left caring for our streets, parks, community centres — or one another.
Libraries across North America are in serious danger of disappearing. Lorne Daniel wonders how we would feel if the end-of-day library recording said, “Attention patrons. The library is closing in 15 minutes. Forever. Please put down all items and leave the building.”
Lorne Daniel discovers the tasks involved in simplifying a person’s home, office and electronic data can be quite complicated.
A farm accident brings home the sharp emotions felt by parents. When we become parents, we are suddenly vulnerable to feeling our children’s pains.
Although we run for fitness, many runners keep running for other personal reasons. Running can be an entry to deeper thinking, or meditation, or appreciation of nature.
I think we need trees more than SUVs, fresh water more than fertilizer, mountains more than metal smelters. This force, this energy, this presence we call nature is worthy of our awe, our respect and our best care.
A writer renews his efforts to create a clutter-free environment with a focus on what’s really important. But simplicity isn’t always so simple.
I think it was the book Generation X that provoked the extended riff with the circulation clerk at my local library. As she ran the book and a couple Beatles re-mastered CDs through the barcode reader for me, she asked, “If we didn’t already have libraries, do you think we would invent them?” She proceeded […]
Feeling guilty about not being green enough may be preventing some of us from moving forward. Movement toward sustainability is possible.
New technologies like the iPad will change the way readers read, and the way writers write. Yet there is still great value in placing ourselves in the hands of masterful writers who understand the organic unfolding of story.