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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Guest Moodler: Going solar in Edmonton
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Guest Moodler: Going solar in Edmonton
Two weeks ago, my hubby and I went on a hot date (for geeks!) -- a Solar Energy Society of Alberta evening on electric vehicles. We came away convinced that, for the sake of our planet (not to mention our wallets), we should probably sell our present vehicle and go electric. The panel of presente...
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Sunday Reflection: "Who do you say that I am?"
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Sunday Reflection: "Who do you say that I am?"
Today's reading is brought to you by Mark 8:27.I've never met John, or Elijah, or any of those prophets your disciples would name,but I think I know you.Your eyes twinkleeven when you're serious.Your hands are gentleas you touch,heal,and embrace.You move with purposeto help others,...
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Simple Suggestion #278... Change for Climate
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Simple Suggestion #278... Change for Climate
With hurricanes Florence, Helene, and Isaac, and Super Typhoon Mangkut besieging different places today, and with the weather abnormalities, droughts and wildfires we've seen across our planet this summer, it's past time to do everything we can to slow climate change. I suspect those who follow t...
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Ralphs' squash... and tomatoes, and a bunch of other produce
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Ralphs' squash... and tomatoes, and a bunch of other produce
With a four-letter s-word dreaded by all (but especially gardeners!) in the forecast for tomorrow or the next day, perhaps it's time to wrap up a few harvest moodlings. I went out to pick today because I'm afraid covering my cucumbers and tomatoes won't work too well if 10-15 cm of white stuff ar...
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Sunday Reflection: We're all God's favourites
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Sunday Reflection: We're all God's favourites
The cover of an amazing book by Peter SpierToday's reflection is brought to you by James 2:1-5.We are all your children,equally favoured by you,who love everyone.How we dress,how smart we are,the colour of our skin,our sexuality or the gender we present as --these things matter not a whitin your ...
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: First fruits
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: First fruits
Today's reflection is brought to you byJames 1: 17-27.You,O God,are the source of all perfect giftsand all generosity.When we give,it is your bounty that we are giving;nothingthat we have to give is oursbecause you createdeverything.All our freedom,memories,knowledge,possessions,gifts,and talents...
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Simple Suggestion #277... Plant a local forest
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The site of the newest food forestThese days, I like to take Shadow for walks to check on the City of Edmonton's latest food forest project. Many Edmontonians got together on Saturday to plant all sorts of food bearing trees and other shrubs on the bank of the hill in Strathearn Park.A view up th...
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The beauty of three sisters
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I'm one of three sisters, and I absolutely love the other two. So when I look at the three sisters in my garden, I often wonder which of the three represents my dearest sisters and which is me. The easy answer would be that the squash plant has yellow flowers that my youngest sister would like (s...
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Sunday Reflection: Choices, choices
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Today's reflection brought to you byJoshua 24:15-18.You give us so many options,O God,that we often don't knowwhether we are coming or going.The array of possibilities is dazzlingwhen we considerwhom we shall serve:The idol of our economy?The gods of fame and fortune?A culture which places posses...
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Guest Moodler: Sermon on Wisdom
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Six years ago today, I posted a sermon on the Bread of Life, delivered by my best friend, Cathy, in her United Church. Today I have the pleasure of posting another of her sermons -- this time reflecting on the very same readings, but with a different theme. Being a little older and wiser, I have ...
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