Simple Moodlings

Simple Moodlings n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. odds and ends inspired by life and the thoughts of others

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What to do on December 9th?
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What to do on December 9th?
I'm in a bit of a dilemma. There are two really special things happening on the evening of December 9th.One is a premiere showing of The Condor and the Eagle, a documentary about Indigenous people from North and South America coming together in their environmental efforts, trying to lead the rest...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: The value of labour on the First Sunday of Advent
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: The value of labour on the First Sunday of Advent
Today's reflection is brought to you byRomans 13: 11-14.You call us now,O God,to wake up.Too much time has already passedsince we sawthat glaciers are quickly melting,since we heardof species reaching extinction,since we smelled the smokeof out of control wildfires,since we felt our hearts breakf...
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CANCELLED -- "A Sacred & Simple Christmas" Workshop
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CANCELLED -- "A Sacred & Simple Christmas" Workshop
I can't stop sneezing, my nose keeps dripping unexpectedly, and my voice is only about half-strength (and about an octave lower than usual). I have my first cold in two years. So I've had to cancel today's Christmas workshop, sorry to say. My apologies to those who might show up for it because th...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: What the Ruler of the Universe wants for Christmas
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: What the Ruler of the Universe wants for Christmas
Today's reflection is brought to you byColossians 1:15-17.You, O Christ,are God,and you reveal God to usin all that you have created.In you,all was, is, and will be created,beyond our telescopes and microscopes.Nothing exists apart from you;we all come from youand depend upon youfo...
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A "Sacred & Simple Christmas" workshop
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A "Sacred & Simple Christmas" workshop
If you're in the Edmonton area, you're invited to spend Buy Nothing Saturday afternoon (November 30th) to give some thought to more meaningful ways to observe Christmas this year.So many of our Christmas "traditions" were invented by people who wanted to make money from our desire to make the sea...
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Icing-sugared trees
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Icing-sugared trees
On Tuesday evening, we had a lovely gentle snowfall of rather wet snow that stuck to the trees, not quite like hoarfrost, but pretty all the same. Shadow and I went for a walk to take pictures before the sun melted it all. As it's been a while since I've posted any wintry beauty, I thought I'd in...
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Calling for what the world needs
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Today's reflection is brought to you by Malachi 4:1-2 and Luke 21: 9-19.Oh God,climate change is coming,already burning like an ovenin some places.Human apathy,arrogance,ignorance,and greedhave brought us to a point wheremuch of creation is sufferingin many different ways.With what will we b...
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Something gorgeous for a Friday
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This woman, Antoinette, speaks like an artist and a poet from where she lives in the Karoo in South Africa. I love her language (Afrikaans) and the way she lives in harmony with nature and understands the secret to life. For me, watching this beautiful little film is like going up the mountain to...
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: A wake-up call
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: A wake-up call
Today's reflection is brought to you byPsalm 17:1,5,6,8,15.Hear mewhen I cry to you,O God,out of my deep lovefor all that you have made.Hold my steps to your pathand keep my feet from slippingout of your abundant lifeand into the death dealt by greed.I call upon you,for you,my Hope,will bend down...
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The Ridge Key Phoenix
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The Ridge Key Phoenix
One year ago today, my friend, Allie, lost her home and business to the Camp Fire at Paradise, California. Allie is a force for positivity and good in the world, a warm, loving person who draws people into her gentle and fun-loving presence like a magnet draws metal. Today, November 8th, is an em...
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