Gramma Learns To Cook – Again

April 24, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – “I never thought I’d see the day I couldn’t buy carrots at the supermarket!” harrumphed Gramma. “It’s winter. They keep well. They’ve got the Vitamin C we need in winter and at my age, they’ve got Vitamin A for my eyesight.” Cora’s granddaughter, Beth, looked up from her dinner plate with affection but a touch of dismay. Having dinner with the “Gramma” was a high point of every month. She loved to […]

Some Ideas Towards a Localized Economy

April 20, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – We all feel it every day: rising food prices, lower quality goods. Big fossil fuel companies quietly moving to renewables while continuing to pump oceans of oil out of the ground and onto the Market and the air. Corporate greed destroying its own storehouses in Nature. Big Box stores gutting small and medium hometown businesses and downtowns. Let’s face it: the climate crisis is moving us through a big transition on so […]

In The Year 2500

April 18, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – A recent opinion piece in Global Change Biology has garnered a lot of attention with a compelling and provocative shift of perspective – with pictures – on climate change. We know that the way we humans live on this Earth is changing Earth’s climate and ecosystems in ways that are potentially dangerous and disruptive. But our perspective and our imagination are usually offered timelines that stop at the convenient round number of […]

Youth, Hope and Shaelyn Wabegijig: an Interview

August 7, 2020 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Her Anishinaabe name means “first morning light.” And Shaelyn Wabegijig is living into her name. A member of the Caribous Clan and originally from Timiskaming, now Rama First Nation, Shaelyn shines the light of her passion for indigenous knowledge on this local land. Sitting in the sacred space of the tipi on Trent’s grounds, she described to me how, in her graduate studies at Trent University, at her initiative, Philosophy courses included […]

Livin’ In “The Shed”

February 1, 2020 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Some folks call their local neighbourhood, the ‘hood.’ To be really cool, we might even call it our “shed”  if we think of the Peterborough region in terms of its “watershed.” Now the word “watershed” can mean a crisis event or a time of turning toward a new course of action or situation.  Kind of appropriate for our time of climate crisis. The watershed we mean here is the area of land […]

Whale Net and Knife: An Economic Meditation

December 1, 2019 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Dr. Jon Lien PhD, known in Newfoundland as “the Whale Man,” has personally rescued some 500 whales from fishing nets. His methods spread worldwide to save thousands more whales. Most of us likely see this as a heroic act of a human person deeply connected to Nature. And it was. But it was also something else. Besides his compassionate intent to save whales. Lien also wanted to save the livelihoods of fishing […]