On feeding birds.

We have been feeding the birds outside for almost a year now, since last summer. I have a hanging tray with a mesh bottom I fill with seed every day, and a vertical suet feeder with a tail prop. Mostly we get house sparrows – even though they’re not supposed to like black oil sunflower Continue reading On feeding birds.

Book list

I’ve been collecting book recommendations for diverse, inclusive, feminist sci fi and fantasy, and several people have indicated they are also interested in such a list, so I’m collating it here. The ones marked with an asterisk are ones we have read personally and recommend; the others are suggestions from people I know. I’ll be Continue reading Book list

On low taxes.

This is the text of a small Twitter thread I had after a long day of being fed up with tax rhetoric on October 7th, during the municipal election. I’ve edited it lightly for punctuation but otherwise kept it as how it was originally written, in a quasi-spoken word style that Twitter lends itself well Continue reading On low taxes.

On “jokes”

We are entering four years of a council with majority women so I feel it incumbent upon me to provide a primer of sorts for dealing with a council comprised mainly of women. Here’s what you do: you treat them the same way as men. I know, weird, right. And normally as a progressive feminist, Continue reading On “jokes”

July 21, 2016

I was going to write more, write more every day but I felt like I needed to have a specific topic, which was an excuse to avoid it altogether. It’s better just to write on what I’ve thought about during the day rather than to save it all up for a themed post. I also Continue reading July 21, 2016

on swimming and systems.

A thing I think about a lot is the amount of invisible infrastructure needed to support our highly specific lives. Like tonight, I went swimming. It’s a very simple act that requires a highly technical and complicated system of chemistry, physics, math, mechanical engineering, and a huge amount of oil and coal to manufacture and Continue reading on swimming and systems.

On getting out.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about getting out, how people decide when it’s time to leave, whether it’s your house, your career, or your city. We like to pretend it’s rational. I don’t think that’s always the case. Watching the residents of Fort McMurray  throwing random things into their trucks and inching through a Continue reading On getting out.