It’s been a while since I’ve been here. But I’m here to tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to.
For the past year, I’ve been planning, researching, and writing a creative non-fiction book called Planted: Stories From Manitoba’s Natural World. And now, I can finally share it with you.
I’m having a launch on March 2 at McNally Robinson Grant Park at 7 p.m. There’s going to be a seed swap, I’ll read a passage from the book, and Laura Reeves and John Morgan will be on a panel discussion about Manitoba plants and fungi.
People need 50 litres of clean water per day for hygiene and consumption, according to the United Nations. Many people in developing nations like sub-Saharan Africa get less than 20 litres per day.
That’s equivalent to about two toilet flushes.
You walk from outside to in, or turn off the lights for the night. And all you see is darkness until — oh wait, what’s that? You start to see vague outlines, and then — ahhh, finally! Your eyes adjust and you can see colours and objects, or if you’re in pitch black, you start to see shapes you can navigate around.
…though I wish you didn’t.
Heartburn. It gets the best of us.
Your banana and my banana are related.
Well, both bananas are actually the same. They are clones of each other (from identical plants). This means we can cultivate exactly which banana we want. (Ever noticed how there are no seeds in bananas? That’s thanks to the monoculture crop.) There are over 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the kind we most often buy is the Cavendish.
What could a downside be of an identical banana crop?
You’re sitting on the bus looking at your phone, catching up on the latest news. You realize it is your stop and quickly rush off, likely hitting someone in the head with one of your five bags (so sorry).
You tap the outside of your pocket to check you have your phone because you are a millennial. It’s not there.