Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Mycelium (plural mycelia)
is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro, especially within the fairy ring fungi. Fungal colonies composed of mycelia are found in soil and on or in many other substrates. Typically a single spore germinates into a monokaryotic mycelium which cannot reproduce sexually; when two compatible monokaryotic mycelia join and form a dikaryotic mycelium, that mycelium may form fruiting bodies such as mushrooms. A mycelium may be minute, forming a colony that is too small to see, or it may be extensive:
Is this the largest organism in the world?
This 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) site in eastern Oregon had a contiguous growth of mycelium before logging roads cut through it. Estimated at 1,665 football fields in size and 2,200 years old, this one fungus has killed the forest above it several times over, and in so doing has built deeper soil layers that allow the growth of ever-larger stands of trees. Mushroom-forming forest fungi are unique in that their mycelial mats can achieve such massive proportions.
—Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running
It is through the mycelium that a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment. It does this in a two stage process. Firstly the hyphae secrete enzymes onto the food source, which breaks down polymers into monomers. These monomers are then absorbed into the mycelium by facilitated diffusion and active transport.
Mycelium is vital in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems for its role in the decomposition of plant material. It contributes to the organic fraction of soil and its growth releases carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The mycelium of mycorrhizal fungi increases the efficiency of water and nutrient absorption of most plants and confers resistance to some plant pathogens. Mycelium is an important food source for many soil invertebrates.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So now you know a little something about my silly um.
I have always had a dream of living off the land. I have always had a dream of going to the bush and starting from scratch. I always envisioned landing at my destination in spring, and working my butt off to prepare for winter. While life for me seems to be getting easier and easier, I fear that I will pay for it in the end. I want to learn how to do much with little. I want to learn how to conserve and have a small footprint. I want to get back to the basic. I know….you are saying looks like Don’s mid life crisis.
Well the time is ticking and I feel I have a window of opportunity to pursue this dream. My kids head to school in September and my wife and I will be alone in the house. My job seems to be petering out with this poor economy and chances are I wont even be employed in few months. So…Come September, I am putting the house up for sale. We will sell out and move to Near North Ontario. While our eventual destination is North Bay, we are going to rough it in a log cabin in Temagami for at least a year.
I promised my wife only one year. My secret hope is that we adapt and enjoy this lifestyle so much that we stay much longer. I figure I have a few years window to try before grandparenthood sets in. No doubt, I must be cognoscente of my wife’s dreams and desires and I will honor her. I do however feel that I too have dreams and aspirations that need to be fulfilled.
Parenthood and growing up raising a family has been a tough thing. Certainly a lot harder and more demanding than I ever thought. I put a number of dreams on the back burner in the interest of raising a family and being a good dad. But somewhere, sometime, comes a time where I, me, Don, get to choose and get to explore a dream. Well the time is coming really soon.
I have been preparing my wife and my family for 3 years now. My good wife has what it takes. She is strong and a hard worker. She is interested in things like food and wood gathering. She is interested in home based skills like sewing and canning and preserving. We would make a good team. She too has told me about dreaming about being a pioneer. Well soon she will get that opportunity.
My hope is that the house goes for sale September, House closes January and we do a temp move to my buddies in Verner, until we can safely get into our remote destination. Beginning in the spring, we prepare and finish winterizing our cabin, collect wood and prepare food for the long winter.
Although we have money set aside, I would rather live like a miser and learn how to do with nothing. We will focus on self sustaining and living off the land. Over the last couple years I have come to know some key people who will help us and share their knowledge and opportunities. I have been learning where and when for various hunting and gathering ventures. I have been learning some survival skills and testing my skills with some practical adventures.
I want to document and share my experience through my blogspot. I have been posting little snipits as I have been working through my passions and desires. This will culminate in two loving people, learning and sharing a new way of life. Through ups and downs, trials and fortunes, We will share our experience. We will share our journey so that others can learn and find inspiration from us.
Of course, things are always rosy when you are trying to convince yourself. There will be realities to face. The lifestyle may prove to be too difficult. I do know however, I am not getting any younger, and the dream will be more and more difficult as time passes.
Stay tuned as the adventure takes form.
Peace and Blessings
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Your love is like a river,
Your love is like the sea
Endless love is flowing,
over you and me
Your love is like a fountain;
Your love is like the trees
Love is like a mountain,
towering over me.
Your grace you have poured upon me
And satisfied all my needs
Just like the Son that shines from the heavens
And calms the raging sea
Yes like the son that shines from the heavens
And calms the raging sea
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
1. She would not be cold. I promised her a wood stove and lots of firewood.
2. She would not be hungry. That was an easy one.
3. She wouldn't have to use the public outhouse. I promised to make her a bathroom, with her very own throne......thus this post.
Does anyone know anything about composting toilets?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This weekend I'll be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200 km journey benefitting the Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world. Three thousand cyclists will pedal from Toronto to Niagara Falls, raising over $15 million for cancer research and care.
Fundraising has been fantastic in the last week, with $1420 coming in! Thanks to all who have helped get me this far. But I still have $1175 to go to reach my goal of $7500. Honestly, a few months back I didn't think we would reach that goal. Now, with your help, I know we'll pass it! That's 47 $25 donations or 12 $100 donations. Click here to go to my secure fundraising webpage: http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/neverfeltbetter and make an online donation. Online donation deadline is THIS FRIDAY! If you've been meaning to do it, now really is the time. (Mail-in and online donations after June 12 will still be accepted, they just won't be credited to my account in time for the Ride.)
Why not ask your friends and family to donate as well? My friend Bronwen did just that. She wrote a short email to a few people and told them about our friendship and my journey through cancer. Suddenly I was receiving donations from people I didn't even know. What a surprise! Thanks Bronwen! (I have copied Bronwen's email below, if you're interested.)
Some friends have asked for a "vegan" fundraising option. This is because money donated for research purposes may incorporate animal trials. I absolutely respect this. Anyone interested in making a vegan donation, please let me know.
It's been a long week in the saddle for me, with 286 km in the last 8 days. My total since February is 743 km. All this hard work, the training, the fundraising, all will pay off this weekend.
I'll also be writing names on my hand in honour of those fighting cancer and in memory of those who lost the battle. Whether you give me a donation or not, if you would like me to write someone's name on my hand, please let me know. I already have 31 names.
If anyone will be in the Golden Horseshoe this weekend, I'd love to see you at a cheering station or the finish line. Contact me for more info!
PS Last year my sister Lisa and friend Jodie raised $6922.41. Our combined two year total is over $13,000 and climbing!
Hello to friends and family in my address book!
My friend Bob fought a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last year, and has come out clear on the other side (occasional testing still required). He is a North Bay firefighter, and a very very healthy, fit, active, dynamic individual. I'm sending this email to you to ask you to donate to his Ride to Conquer Cancer. It is a 200 km bike ride that last year raised 15 MILLION dollars for cancer reasearch. His goal is to fundraise $7500. He is just over $5000 and his ride is next week. I donated online yesterday (link is below), just a modest amount. Everything counts. If you think you can manage something, please help. It is such a worthwhile cause. We all know people who have been touched by this disease. Because of cancer research, Bob will be around to be a father to his little boy, Matty, who is less than a year old. Follow the link below and read his story for a dose of inspiration (he kept up firefighting and vigorous workouts while undergoing chemo!).
Bob is a friend from treeplanting days. He connected me with the folks at Smoothwater in Temagami, who I worked for for a few years.
In peace and health,
(PS It is a tax-deductible donation, they email you a tax receipt.)
Almost 1 in 2 Canadians will get cancer in their lifetime
1 in 4 will die from it
Click below to support my Ride to Conquer Cancer
I was talking to my mom about moving off the grid up in Western Temagami. She told me of a friend of hers who is off grid.(no hydro) Mom went for a tea on a January day and the lady said...oh I baked a cake. She went outside and came back in with a piping hot cake! My mom asked about this oddity and the lady replied "Solar Oven". Evidently they do most of their cooking in this solar oven. I am VERY intrigued.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Something great is happening to me.
The Red Road of Peace has been extended to me.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Here is a comment from the Woodland Interpretation post I did this morning. When I said " I seek knowledge of the great Ojibway peoples. If you can help me learn, I invite your comments and request your input." This is what I meant!
"I like the pictures of you hugging the Ancient Ones... Perhaps you are not aware but the People used to do this to measure a birchbark tree to determine if it was old enough to provide enough birchbark to create a birchbark canoe. Just barely being able to reach around is the Creator's way of telling us that the birchbark tree is old enough to help us."
Wisdom is art. Folk wisdom is divine. The creators wisdom is made manifest in His creation. Knowledge and appreciation of these things is good medicine.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Here is an internet quote from http://www.asis.com/users/stag/jerrytea.html
An old man arrives on an Island with a small group of people in 583 BC. He brings the daughter of a King, a scribe named Simon Brug and some relics. The powerful Milesian High King of all Ireland allows the old man complete control. Instituting laws, schools and congresses, the old man forever changes the face of the Island's history, and subsequently the history of the entire world. Apparently incidental to all this, is the fulfilling of a 500 year old prophecy.
Evidently, the kings daughters name was Tea Tephi. She married another Iraelite who's family had arrived to the Irish location a generation or two previously.
Did Ireland become the new Jerusalem?
If you have a few moments you might want to google Tea Tephi, and Stone of Destiny. You will be truly amazed at what you read.
Here are some interesting links
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
There are tree huggers and there are tree huggers. Both hug the tree, but both have different ideas on how to protect. Both have varying commitments. Both commit in different ways. Yet at the end of the day, both will hug the tree.
There are recognized tree huggers and there are self proclaimed tree huggers. The recognized tree huggers usually wear that as a banner. The self proclaimed tree hugger, sees the importance of hugging the tree, yet does so in a smaller way.
Just because one hugs a tree, it does not necessarily mean that one is a friend of the tree.
That is unfortunate. I like to think that I am a friend to the tree. I bask in its glory. I revel in its beauty. I respect its existence. So where is my outward commitment? Where does the rubber hit the road? Is it good enough for me to say I love the tree and then do nothing to protect it? The answer is no. I need to walk to walk the walk, if I’m going to talk the talk.
So what does that look like? What will be my path of action? I suppose that will be revealed to me in the future, because right now, I am still in the hugging phase.
We found this beautiful red pine in the bush between Eaglerock and Gull Lake in West Temagami. It was truly magnificent! I left some tobacco at the foot of the tree as a sign of thanksgiving. This was asked of me by a native elder. I also gave a quick prayer of thanksgiving for this life and how this life is attached to my own.