Kayak Camping Rogues Coast Area (Near Peggy's Cove) 
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 07:00 PM - Outdoor adventure
Kayak camping with Oliver during the Perseids. We started in Blind Bay. First night Flemming Island near Dover Island. Loads of climbers there. We got visited by at least one Minke whale. So moving. Second night Burnt Island. Finished in Lower Prospect with Andrew who met us for a day paddle. I am in love with my new rig.

Frustrating the Experiential Learning Cycle: A Hologram? 
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 02:22 PM - Adult and Popular Education
A key element of transformative learning is experimenting with real-world problems. David Kolbís experiential learning cycle continues to be pivotal. Yet cycles, even spirals, donít capture the dynamism (and dangers) now available with online and blended learning. Informal means of learning such as podcasts and viral social media posts abound. On one hand, frames have never had more possibility to engage with such a diversity of experiences, bodies, identities, and communities. How to bring feminist and critical pedagogy to these spaces? This paper works to critically frustrate and extend the learning cycle with a hologram which helps to capture online multi-dimensionality as well as distortion.

Online there is both performance and projection. Holographic visualization offers multiple dimensions, movement, refraction, frustration, doubt. But online learners can be supported to move more consciously to meaning and their own deliberations while embedded in life, work, negotiations. This messiness and muddling is key to the transformative potential of online deliberations. The space also has potential to collapse gender and power dynamics in interesting ways as learners shape their own reflective paths at their own pace. These gendered power dynamics are not removed but can be fore-fronted in the learning. The lag between experimentation and insight can be used. Facilitators and peers can act more like coaches, real-time in real messiness.

Poetry Reading 
Friday, August 10, 2018, 01:29 AM - Poetry and Writing

Design and photos: Karen Smith

Camping Ship Harbour with Maggy 
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 01:59 PM - Outdoor adventure

Photo credit: Maggy Burns

Sometimes when the big picture feels tough, it's nice to focus on the small ones. Dear friends. Beauty. What matters. Started at Kim Thompson's house on Weeks Lake, then Second Falls, Charlotte Lake. We camped on a sweet little pebbled beach near Second Falls. Felt like we were camped on the lake.

Kim built the first straw bale house in North America. It's beautiful. Has that Spanish warm plaster feel that she brought from her time in Spain. She also began an inspiring Earth skills, sustainable building and living, arts centre called the Deanery Project. See link below. I've decided to dedicate all of my charity giving (1% of my income) to everything like this that gives us a glimpse of what is possible. Focus on local.
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Herstories - a collective poem 
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 03:53 PM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance
Found poem written with contributions from Feminist Approaches to Womenís Economic Empowerment Meetings (Oxfam, IDRC, Global Affairs Canada)

Ela Bhatt, of SEWA one of my moral compasses once saidÖ.
ďa project never changed the world.Ē

Letís face it weíve all been here before
WID, WAD, GAD, t-wee and so many more

The question is really whatís new?
Are we moving beyond the chicken coop?
And the projects, the short term, our very silos..

Tell me what part of herstory are we going to own.

What is feminist praxis anyway?
One thing we know. Its nuanced, contextual. Itís a long term game.
And speaking of vulnerable so are our gains.
Or they can be. We know that.
Weíve already seen two steps forward and four
steps back.

I mean look at the world. The business of trafficking? Growing.
with shrinking civic space.

The populists, demagogues, the ones spreading hate
Fundamentalisms of all kinds, theyíve got our cell phones.

Tell me what part of herstory are they going to own.

How to change norms, sustain and reach scale.
Weíve got one working model thatís historically served well.
Itís movements.
How do we work with movements and networks. The ones
who donít stop.
Who ensure heat from the bottom and heat from the top.

How do we widen the tent if weíre serious about power.
More bodies, identities. Women, all genders negotiating
their sticky floors.
Learn how to bargain beyond local and small.
How to bridge rights and economies in a globalized world.
Theyíre all tied -work, body and voice. But more than
any ideas we have its about widening choice.

Tell me what part of herstory what part of the agenda will the self-organized own?

We need to be pragmatic yes move the needle sure
But letís really see if weíre serious about power.
The world is watching. This is our hour.
Letís not waste it.

Maybe just maybeÖ.

the roman empire is crumbling. And thereís
space for new ways. That arenít binary, oppressive
donít put prescriptions first. That arenít so pale, male or stale.
That find globalized gains.

And powerís just not out there is it?
Itís our own power structures, our funding, the way we research
and work. Our organizational egos. Even how we think.

Itís messy. Weíre going to have some difficult conversations
and choices.

So tell me
If this is feminist praxis
what will you risk

to change the gender narratives?

Letís show the world there are other ways to share, work
and care.

Letís decolonize.
Letís dare.

We can do this together. In both the what and the how.
On the shoulders of our ancestors. With our children in mind.

We can be a beacon, a birch basket, a wide bed of coals.

Tell me what part of herstory, in this very precious windowÖ
what part of herstory will we own.

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