fungiontherock

Listening to winter in a land of extremes

This summer I was worried about drought. About the ability of the greatly diminished Cowichan River to support the fall Chinook salmon run. These worries seem silly now that the winter rains have arrived, with a record 27 days of rain in October. A sodden procession of greyness and damp. This is the land of…

old dock

Celebrating the Ordinary

Writers and other artists are often exhorted to cram their lives with a range of experiences to create fertile ground for generating creative ideas. These experiences could include working at many different jobs, travelling to distant locales, striking up conversations with strangers, absorbing various art styles at art galleries and museums, and more. While it’s…

heather-rainbow

Building Community from the Ground Up

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m deeply interested in the question of community: what it is, how you build it, and how it sustains you. On her Social In Silico blog, Lou Woodley outlines six types of communities: of interest, of practice, of inquiry, of action, of place, and of circumstance. Since…

grassandechinacea

The Joys of Volunteering

Last week I had a guest post up on the Canadian Science Publishing blog about volunteering for your scientific society. Based on my own experience and previous discussions with others, I laid out some ideas on why and how to get involved with your scientific society, and how to make the most of it. It’s…