An introduction

I’m notoriously lousy at introductions, but the first post on a new blog seems to cry out for at least a little “hi, my name is” effort.

I’m an academic, teacher, researcher, writer, and perpetual student.  I live with my husband in southern Ontario where I’m building a better, simpler, more sustainable life in an urban-ish apartment and trying to live lightly, simply, frugally, and as sustainably as possible.  Although I’m deeply concerned with issues around peak oil, climate change, and economic instability, part of my project – such as it is – is to seek out as much happiness, beauty, and enjoyment as I can.

As much as possible, I try to make and do as much for myself as I can.  I grow, cook, bake, and preserve food.  I walk and bike to get around.  I live frugally to save money, try to keep my consumption to a minimum, and buy used whenever possible.  When I have free time, I like read, write, and play music.

The truth, though, is that I’d like to do more.  I’m a person who likes to jump in with both feet and start going full-tilt-boogie, which isn’t always the best approach.  It’s a process, as my husband likes to remind me.  And so, I’m figuring it out as I go, and making changes as I can, even if that means making them slowly.  This space, I hope, will serve as a record of this process and a repository of inspiration for all the things I’d like to do, and all the reasons why it’s important to do them.

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