• after supper on tuesday we triked/walked to the community gardens and harvested cherry tomatoes, chard, basil, a few beans, some mint, made some new friends, and met some old ones. at home we watched the water brothers (pictured) sail across the pacific and through the great pacific garbage patch [see stuff], continued with the story of maths in seventeenth century europe, and followed martin clunes south on his discovery of islands of britain.
“The earth was covered in a blanket of ice. Raven—the creator—changed the earth to a beautiful green land. As the ice melted, Raven went among the black bear people, turning every tenth bear white as a reminder of when the world was pure and clean. Raven promised these bears would have unique powers: they would lead special people to special places and have the ability to dive deep in the ocean in search of fish. Raven then set aside a rainforest home for the bears where he decreed that they would live forever in peace and harmony.”–The Legend of The Mooksgm’ol from Tsimshian folklore
Salmon carcasses discarded by bears [as many as 700 per bear per year] in the rainforest are a vital source of fertilizer for towering trees [feeding everything in between trees and bears].
This rainforest has wolves, too. ‘Where else on the planet do wolves take to the sea, swimming among forested islands to feed themselves? Where else can wolves make more than 75% of their living from marine resources like salmon, beached whales and seals?’
‘Fifty artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations [to see some of their trip-inspired art, see ‘Maybe we shoulda left the coal in the hole–Days Of The Week‘]– travelled with Raincoast to the heart of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway oil tanker route through Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. This is the story of that expedition and why these artists have donated their time and their art in a effort to stop tar sands oil from travelling through one of the most pristine and wild places left on the planet.’
• friday night we watched episode one of the mighty mississippi. host sir trevor mcdonald started in the delta and travelled upstream, past new orleans and its mardi gras and its former plantations–reminders of slavery. we saw the salvation of music and the devastation of hurricane katrina.
• saturday [2013-09-21], sue and her sisters are helping to clean up hanlan point on toronto island and then go birding, if the weather holds.(nope–got rained out.) sunday [2013-09-22], bruce brought fresh fair-trade coffees, which we drank while we chatted about our kids and racism in canada.
Warner detects an ‘underlying feminism’ despite the bare midriff in this post on Shania Twain.
Been listening to Cannonball Adderley (pictured here with his brother Nat) lately.
• tonight [2013-09-23] on tvo historian amanda vickery practically cried reading some of the 300-year-old intimate diaries and letters of british georgian men and women as they invented the modern household. then simon schama (pictured) presented shakespeare with modern concerns.