Friday, 27 February 2015

Find related stories I like from around the web

Here is the link to a face book page I created to share news from around the net. These are examples of technology helping ecological and ethical learning.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

House hold animals learn to earn their special place

 My dog Nanook leaned about pigs and chickens and trips up into the mountains. One this alpine traverse Nanook learned not to try to eat a porky pine. I pulled quills with my leather man for over an hour and then we spent the night in the rain. After walking all day, I put my exhausted dog in a boat and then a car and took her straight to an emergency animal clinic.

The next photo is her the next day, laying on a rock I am trying to raise from the yard. The neighbors dog and my cat both wanted to check on Nanook and hear her stories of journeying to the wild and coming back to tell the tail.

While some things have to be learned first hand, being prepared for that moment is something we do mentally when we hear other peoples stories. Lately I have been thinking about the power of a story and practicing telling stories about nature as part of my regular ecological identity work.

Learning to build with stone and learning about animals

The animals teach me all sorts of things. Mostly
about the joy of little things. Sometimes it makes me sad when I think how happy my pigs were but mostly it makes me happy. I built a new chicken coop out of rocks and mill ends, so that the Turkeys could have a separate coop. The chickens still enjoy the deluxe new accommodations.
There is only one turkey left in my freezer but I came to a new respect for these interesting creatures. One of the things I feel I have learned is that it is good to learn things like farming and rock staking by doing it. So starting thinking about your infrastructure.

from the net

The media enhanced technological revolution still needs people with traditional academic skills.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Difficulty finding work leads to animals and continued learning

After completing a masters in environmental studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, I returned to family land in the Slocan valley. I found it hard to find paying work using my education so I decided to invest in a bit of practical learning. I have raised Turkeys, pigs and still have a flock of chickens. After investing so much in traditional education, I found this kind of self directed learning very rewarding. Sometimes it is up to the learner to develop a balance of practical and academic skills.