chillin’ day

yeah, it was a cold day today, especially for June. Oddly enough, I prefer cold weather. I said that to the guy behind the counter at Bridgehead and he thought I was nuts. Apparently people came to him all day to complain about the weather (along with buying coffee).

So anyway, besides being cold, today was a pretty quiet day. I got up at about 8:00 (on Saturday?!? ya I know.) to go participate in the devotional program for People and the Planet, a biannual conference sponsored by the Sierra Club. One of my neighbours, Diana, is part of an organization called Faith and the Common Good – which gathers representatives from many religions and faith groups and gets them focused on environmental issues – and they were asked to prepare devotions for the conference, which is how I got involved. I guess someone heard I could chant prayers well. It was cool, although I didn’t stay there too long. I saw a few people I recognized – Tazz‘s friend Rhetta was there, for instance.

I needed breakfast, so, after pausing briefly at a local natural food store for a few groceries, I went walking down Elgin and stopped at The Lieutenant’s Pump for Saturday brunch. It was pretty good (read my review on Yahoo) – I got to sit around eating my omelette and watching England and Paraguay beat up on each other at World Cup soccer (sorry… football).

Once I got back home, I started preparing materials for this week’s children’s class. That took me until about one o’clock, when I jumped on my bike and rode off to Julie and Fanfan’s place for the class. Oddly enough, there were no children. We waited until 2:00, still no children. Oops. We chalked it up to a logistical blip and kept the lesson plan ready for a future class. Fanfan came by at around 2:30, and we all watched some more World Cup soccer together as Argentina and Côte d’Ivoire battled it out. Fanfan roots for Argentina and (to be fair) I rooted for Côte d’Ivoire. It was a more interesting game than the England-Paraguay game.

Now? Well, now I’m blogging, hanging around with the cat, and getting ready for bed. I’ll probably take some time to make phone calls tomorrow, and get settled and ready for next week. This past week has been a bit of a trial, with lots of working late and pushing my limits. I think milk and cookies are definitely in order.

collecting e waste is an interfaith effort

arthur sniffs the keyboardHere’s an article from the Baha’i World News Service that describes the participation of various faith communities (including the Baha’i community) in a high-tech equipment recycling program down in the States.

Collecting “e-waste” is an interfaith effort

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN, United States, 11 May 2006 (BWNS) — Just nine years old, Eve McCowen was dwarfed by the huge piles of unwanted electronic equipment that quickly accumulated in the parking lot of the Messiah Lutheran Church on Earth Day 2006.

But she was nevertheless one of the first to run up to an arriving car that needed to be unloaded as residents brought old stereos, defunct computers, and broken television sets for recycling.

“Recycling is good for the environment because when you throw stuff away it can get in the earth’s soil and water and that isn’t good for the earth,” said Eve, the daughter of Dennis and Lisa McCowen of Marquette.

Eve is also a Baha’i, as are her parents, and they were among the nine Baha’is from Marquette who participated in the second annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep on 22 April 2006, which is designated as Earth Day in the United States and many other countries.

The effort collected more than 300 tons of “e-waste” — electronic equipment like television sets, computers, VCRs, and the like that are not otherwise easily recycled — from various sites in across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a sparsely populated region north of Lake Michigan.

Goodness knows, we need less e waste in this world. [in-joke. -d]

Read the entire article.

oh goodie more events!

random conversationthose lovable Carleton CABS people are at it again. If you’re around Carleton tomorrow (Thursday), come on out to a singularly eco-logical talk, titled “The Environmental Crisis: Spiritual Problems, Spiritual Solutions”, by none other than my very own neighbour, Diana Cartwright, Baha’i delegate to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002), and policy advisor at Environment Canada. The talk will take place at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 28th, at Room 208 of the Tory Building at Carleton (see map).

If you survive that and you’re still ready for more, then venture over to Saunders Farm on Friday evening, October 28th, for the Ottawa CABS Halloween Party. People will be meeting at 6:00 PM at Room 123 of Simard Hall, Ottawa U, to leave at 6:30 PM SHARP for the farm. Transportation will (of course) be provided from and back to the university. Regular admission to the farm is $17, and everybody is asked to bring an awesome costume – because the best one wins a prize!

And if you happen to survive that and STILL emerge unscathed, then an uber-Halloween Party on Saturday night should finish you off. Our (not) exclusive source says: “Slip on your scariest or most outrageous costume for an evening that promises to be full of fun and frightening times! Dance the night away while our DJ plays your favourite tracks. Admission of $6 will include pizza and soft drinks and there will be a prize for the best costume!” The party starts at 8:00 PM, Saturday, October 29, 2005 at Harmony Gardens, 1777 Montreal Road (see map).

And if you survive that, well, I’m just gonna have to come over and beat you unconscious with a fish.