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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Blundstone: The boot of science

Blundstone

…and fashion and comfort.

I have had my Blunnies for four years. Blundstone is an Australian company that started in 1870. Blundstone is known for its Chelsea boot, which comes in different styles and colours. I have the original style in black.

The boots have good grip, so I don’t slip in the winter.

The boots give support, so I don’t twist my ankle while hiking. (I saw Labrador tea for my first time while hiking in the Whiteshell with my Blundstones. My boots saved my ankles multiple times.)

The boots are comfortable, so I can stand, walk, and dance all day long.

I go everywhere in my boots.

The outside of my boots and part of the inner lining show wear, but I have no major complaints. Let me know your Blundstone experience!

Arts & Science

Reginald Buller (1874-1944) was a scientist and professor at the University of Manitoba. He is well-known in the science community–there’s a building in his name at the U of M.

Buller was a mycologist, a fungi scientist. He also wrote poetry, crossing the divide between science and art people sometimes imagine.

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough wrote a biography on Buller for the Manitoba Historical Society. He writes about when Buller spoke up at a Scientific Club of Winnipeg meeting in 1923.

The club was made up of a group of scientists who met to discuss current scientific questions and discoveries. During a meeting, there was an intense discussion about the theory of relativity, and Buller wanted to settle things down.

How would you settle arguing scientists? With a limerick, of course!

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Labrador tea time

Labrador tea (also known as Hudson’s Bay tea, marsh tea, and swamp tea) is a broad-leaf evergreen plant, meaning it keeps its leaves all year. You can find Labrador tea in Manitoba’s boreal forest.

I was in Whiteshell Provincial Park for Thanksgiving last weekend, and I decided to go on a Labrador tea hunt in the area (not in the park, since you can’t pick plants from a provincial park).

Why was I interested in finding this plant? Like the name suggests, you can brew tea from its leaves. I’ve had a tea blend with black and Labrador tea, but wanted to try Labrador tea on its own.

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