Another book review is up on The Coastal Spectator. This time, I took a journey with Jim Christy through a old tin of memorabilia he has been saving for decades. The book has an interesting form and some great stories, and it makes you think about importance of memories and souvenirs.
Cameroon has nicknames like “Africa in miniature” or “All-in-One Africa.” Apparently the country contains several of Africa’s major biomes: savanna and desert in the north, volcanoes and beaches in the southwest and an impressive swath of equatorial rainforest in the southeast. I have three weeks to explore it.
Beekeeping isn’t all honey and sunshine, oh no. There are parts of the experience beekeepers don’t often share. Like when you have to kill the bees and burn them. Our bees got sick, and this story of our attempts to kill them aired on CBC’s Living Out Loud, February 1, 2013.
Reviewing books is giving me the opportunity to explore new writers and publishers. My review of The Apple House, by Gillian Campbell, appeared on the Coastal Spectator in January, 2013.
The Whale’s Choice helped to kick off the New Year at the Sunday Edition. This program was originally broadcast in October 2012 and the introduction is posted in that original entry. January 6, 2013.
Did you know that there are 1,500 volcanoes in the world and only about 100 volcano observatories? The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 left millions stranded and cost airlines an estimated €900 million.
I just got back from an interview with Leonard Lee, founder of Lee Valley Tools. I didn’t know that he grew up on a homestead in Saskatchewan, then worked for the foreign service and THEN founded Lee Valley Tools (which started by selling barrel stoves and now has 850 employees). He and his wife also own Algrove Publishing….
I had a call this week with Todd Hunter, birder extraordinaire. He was telling me about the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, which has plans to monitor all the plants and critters on a 20km by 20km grid that covers the entire province. Todd’s job is to identify birds. Instead of going into the field, like…
“The Whale’s Choice” is rebroadcast on In the Field. Tuesday, November 20 and Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Summer 2012: ‘He came and dwelt among us.’ Meet Father Joseph Buliard, a missionary whose arrival in the Garry Lake region of Nunavut signalled the end of a traditional way of life, and a series of tragedies that emptied an entire region of its people.
March 17, 2012: A tape talk with CBC’s Michael Bhardwaj about Almonte’s historic clock tower. Ron Caron has been looking after Almonte’s clock tower since 1996. He rebuilt it himself and now winds it twice a week. This story takes listeners up the tower and reveals who Caron will choose as his apprentice and successor….
December 2, 2011: Producer Steve Wadhams created this re-vision of my New Tribe documentary. His radio magic with my tape and voice creates an audio portrait gallery. To listen to this piece, go to the Living Out Loud page and then click on the audio link. This story was rebroadcast on September 7 and 9,…
November 8, 2011: New Tribe was rebroadcast on this program which “celebrates the art of the radio documentary.” Visit the documentary’s webpage on In the Field and click the audio link. Or you can go through The Sunday Edition’s documentary section listed below.
June 2010: Excavation Digging down through layers of northern experience. And going back in time. This essay pulls apart the strata of history that compound to create a single moment.
Check out some of my past work in this entry.