Shopkeeper Premonition (song title?)

January 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Because i have quite the habit of procrastination, and mom came home with a car i took a drive to Eau Claire Market downtown where I know there is a Katimavik workplace, and I wanted to meet the group, unfortunately it’s a brand new group so they haven’t started work yet, maybe I’ll visit the house this weekend though. Anyway carrying on through the market I stopped by this one shop i’m often interested in, because it has instruments, beads, incense etc. I met the shopkeeper and she seemed quite nice so I talked to her for quite a long time and also bought an instrument ( i’m trying to save money right now but I’ve been looking for something like this for a while)

She looks like she’s 50 at most but she says she 70, her father is a principal, her mother a teacher, her dad didn’t want her to be a teacher so she has been a secretary, executive, realtor and now shopkeeper, shes from Fiji, has married twice once to a blind British man and once to a French Canadian … you get the idea, we talked quite a bit, but near the beginning of our conversation she asked me if I was a schoolteacher because she said that I was very precise and looked her in the eyes and other stuff and so I must be a schoolteacher. i told her I was a student that wanted to go into education.

What a lovely premonition. I’m glad to be going into education.

Also, this is the instrument I checked out: Goat Chachas, i’ve been looking for an instrument to play whilst drumming on my djembe and a shaker made of wood or bone that i could put around the leg would be perfect. These are made of Goat feet (gross maybe, but still, it sounds lovely)



Todays Lesson

January 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

This week we’re learning about Cap and Trade, the latest new hot topic around the entire world, it was discussed at this years big meeting in Copenhagen when they looked for ways to solve global warming and climate change. We watched a few videos and thought ” yeah, this will work, it’s a great idea to really gear up for carbon reductions and sell the idea to capitalist companies… But then… we watched more videos, and the more you really understand this idea, well, it’s not that great of an idea…

This video, made by Annie Leonard, maker of the video “The story of Stuff” ( another one to look up to understand the crisis of climate change) explains the idea of cap and trade, and then some faults to it. It’s really well made and easy to understand. Here it is.

After finishing this class today, i came home, grabbed a grapefruit and banana and sat down to the computer humming a song I love and haven’t listened to in awhile ( the CD being stuck in my brother-in-laws car) so i looked it up on YouTube to listen to it and got the version with subs. I’ve translated most of it before but this time reading it from start to finish really struck me today, as its realting to my classes and passions. I really love this song, so if you’ve heard it before, take a look at the lyrics again and sing it out loud. If its a first time to listen, Feel it in you it’s a great band to hear and listen to. (Les Cowboys Fringants from Quebec, saw them live last year in Gatineau the day before finishing Katimavik)

Natural Science

January 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

One of my classes in University this year is Natural Science  – Sustainability, or something to that extent, a lot of the class is spent watching documentaries and videos, but man are they eye-opening! So many people in the world know exactly what needs to be done and are able to do it! Makes me quite mad and angry at my own city of Calgary, where we spend millions of dollars for a new transportation system that isn’t logical so we have to rebuild it over and over taking decades at a time.

Here is an example of a DVD we watched, it is copyrighted but there is a link to the website that shows the solutions in the DVD of a city about the size of Calgary – Curitiba, Brazil. Very Impressive.

Also last class we had a presentation from some ecotourism students in my class and they presented a video on youtube of getting to the root of our envionmental problem ( and many other problems at that) and a man named Jacque Fresco envisioned a whole new world, using our present day technology to expand transportation, living, jobs, everything. He explores the concept of how we have the technology to have a clean environmentally friendly world without jobs and crime and pollution, but how we will not use this technology or our ideas because of the capitalist society around us. He puts it all done to one radical solution : we must abolish the monetary system, now this sounds very radical and impossible, but in this video ( I have only seen the two parts which i am linking on here but i want to watch the rest) he makes it seem very logical and possible. Maybe it can’t happen and it’s only to invoke logical thinking and change, but maybe it could happen. We could have a world without money, without jobs, without damage to our environment.

Hearing about this future made me feel very happy because last year in Katimavik we lived off three dollars a day and learned about many ways to live without money, trading time and skill for food, activity or shelter. An old-fashioned working tradition of barter.

So here are the two parts on youtube.

for more information –

pretty interesting I think.

January 26 2010

January 26, 2010 § 2 Comments

I would have loved to start a new blog with the coming of the new year, and well, the new years been here for a few weeks now but i’ll say its new enough. This year is the beginning of finding myself, learning to live love laugh and more. Away with the old angst and worries, and hello to the fresh slate and clean air.

My resolutions to start the year?

1. No Losing stuff. (last year i lost new glasses, new camera, new watch and many cds and clothes)

2. Think in the Present (this is very hard for me to do, but i will try)

3. Live to the fullest and blog it as proof!

This is a year of travel, of individuality and change, of following my passions and living for what I love!

What do I love?

– My family!

I am the youngest of four, I have always admired my siblings as they are all powerful individuals who are amazing at everything they put their mind to. Katy (26) is an amazing artist, a children’s book and toy loving girl who can charm any kid in a second, and Lethbridge’s own lifeguard army in her own. She got married in June to Nathan, a very tall man and my new brother! Paul (24) is lanky climbing hacky sacking guitar playing environmentalist, leading groups on ecotours and snowboarding the hills. He now lives in Victoria with Teegan the two dreadheads are amazing teachers to me and enthusiasts to everything outdoors. Fraser (22 tomorrow!) is amazing with his hands, he can create anything out of any wood, in cabinetmaking he’s doing amazing and getting quite an interest from the renovating neighbourhood ladies. Also, in the band Kronic Groove Band, he plays trumpet, though he could be the band himself, he can play drums, guitar, trumpet, piano, keyboard, didjereedoo, accordian ANYTHING. simply amazing. His girlfriend Kat calls him the prodigy. My parents are creative, building a cabin in Windermere BC, mom is a quilter and an artist in any other medium as well. Dad has a wit beyond anyone i know and could join the Flying Circus of Monty Python any day.

– Cats!

Pywacket is my cat, he is 14 years old, and fat and dons a tuxedo of fur in black and white. I love him very much and we spend each waking moment together. Cat’s are funny creatures. meowmeow. I wish i could be one actually and often take the role of one when around friends who can handle it.

– British Colombia

A beautiful province and my love for eternity. Ever since i can remember I’ve wanted to live there, Kootneys, Okanagon, Island, anywhere. The province is filled with sky climbing trees, vast mountains, clear waters and a creative people who live by their hearts. I lived here last year for 3 and a half months in the program Katimavik and it was everything i had ever dreamed of it. In Parksville I met amazing friends who write poetry, paint draw, play music and dance, spin fire and hoop, and everything. The fresh fruit is delicious and the beach is inviting. I long to go back and it’s a promise i make to myself.

– Katimavik!

Last year I spent 9 months traveling Canada and volunteering in a program called Katimavik. I heard of it in Jr. High and immediatly i eralized it was my ideal living situation. #1 its free #2 I am constantly surrounded by 10 other people around my age #3 I volunteer in interesting places #4 I travel! Absolutly amazing, and I miss my group soooo bad, that i’ve planned to visit them all this coming spring via Greyhound. [For more info on Katimavik, leave a comment and i’ll answer questions! also go to]

– Jason!

During Katimavik I met a boy, though i vowed i didn’t want to date in the program, and that he wasn’t at all my type, I got roped into a relationship. I HATE long-distance relationships, having been in one before, but here I am, still in one. I couldn’t let him go but he helps me get through each and every day a constant reminder of joy and peace.

Also I’ve found a passion for the environment, people, music, geocaching, climbing kickboxing rollerblading and frisbee, arts and crafts, cooking and other wild hijinks i hope to share on here.

So, this blog will be a journal almost, to keep me on track with goals, desires and plans.

I’m looking forward to comments and friends and more so feel free! I’ll try not to be too angsty this time, you never can tell though, when you gotta write, you gotta write, so i apologize if that happens.

And now, we begin!



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