Launch of Planted: Stories From Manitoba’s Natural World

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.

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Some light reading

I visited Chicago at the start of May (check out #CreCommChiTown on Instagram) with school. I was the least prepared I’ve ever been for a trip. I’ve travelled a bit in the past — with family, with my dance group — and I’ve mostly been a follower. But I still try and learn a bit about the city before I go, so I know what I’m in for.

Well, that was not the case for Chicago. Between school and dance and work, I didn’t get the chance to research. But I still had a good time, thanks to instructors and classmates who made plans for me and, of course, thanks to accidental discoveries.

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(Solar) Panel discussion

In this week’s issue of The Projector, Red River College’s newspaper, I wrote an article about the solar panels lining the south side of The Roblin Centre.

Read the full article here: Too hot too handle

If you go to RRC, check out the glass case with inverters in it on the fourth floor of the Princess Building. That’s where all the energy is being converted into something useful, like alternating current (AC).

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Gimme mo’ bananas

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?

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