Turning the Calendar to a New Year

Today we went for a walk along the estuary, the sun bright on an atypically frosty west coast day. The air was redolent with the scent of rotting salmon, the spawning season ending in a mess of fish carcasses fought over by noisy gulls. The advent calendar is now empty, no presents are left under…

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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…

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…

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Book Reviewing: A Tool To Improve Your Writing

Last week I reviewed Stephen B. Heard’s The Scientist’s Guide to Writing on the Canadian Science Publishing blog. “Scientific writing help has now arrived, in the form of Stephen Heard’s The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career. An evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of…