weedy wednesday – pinwheels


stinging nettles are just poking up in little spiky rosettes around our property, so I figured it was time to get some fresh weeds into our diet again. inspired by the bucket dough method, but following the sourdough version & using the dough for pinwheels, I food processed fresh Stellaria with blanched & shocked nettles & dandelion greens, a duck egg, homemade ricotta, homemade butter, and hoped for the best.

worked out well. even K demolished hers. combined with cream of celery soup for a delicious & satisfying dinner on this chilly proto-spring eve.


thoughtful thursday – abandonment by the system

image via nateleung.com

there are a number of government-funded programs where participants “age out”, but perhaps the most egregious is the foster care program.  children become adults when they turn 19 in BC, so they’re no longer under the aegis of the ministry in charge.  and any problems they encounter as soon as they turn 19 seem to be laid squarely on their own shoulders, the ministry has a hands off approach.  while the ministry indicates that there are resources available, how many 19 year olds, let alone those who’ve been in the foster care system, would have the maturity to first recognize their needs, then the wherewithal to hunt those resources down for themselves and navigate the bureaucratic labyrinth to achieve the help they need?

the irony always strikes me: when we are “finished” with a stage in our life, are we really ready to attack the next?  we’ve noticed a distinct lack of continuity of care in various government supported programs between one life stage and another: pregnancy to birth to postpartum, preschool to school age, youth to adult, in care to out of care.  are we really ready when we’re booted out on our ass from our previous support?  probably not.  i know that i certainly wasn’t in any fit state to navigate whatever resources were available postpartum, i just clung on by my nails and did the best i could, and used the resources that i knew about, but had nothing in me to investigate, or even realize that there was a further resource that i could possibly participate in.  when i asked for support, my options seemed frustratingly limited, but perhaps they weren’t – we have to rely on gatekeepers of knowledge to make these decisions for us, and perhaps they’re not in the best position to do so.

BC teen killed herself the day after she aged out of foster care – vancouversun

Lost in transition: the gap between child and adult mental health services – healthydebate

Slain 37 year old lived chaotic life, failed by BC’s social services – vancouversun

What’s next? Special needs kids face gap in Cowichan – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Inside the stressful world of a preemie mom – Toronto Star

tall tales tuesday – Usborne Phonics Reader

now that K is starting to read, we’ve had a lot of fun with “Fox on a Box” and look forward to working our way through the rest of these readers.  using synthetic/blended phonics to teach reading with colourful, fun illustrations, these books seem to make my little reader want to read more.

The Guardian – Reading Lessons: Why synthetic phonics doesn’t work

BBC – Five things about phonics

tes – Imposing synthetic phonics is ‘almost abuse’ says academic

thoughtful thursday – thank you NICU nurses

we had a week in the NICU. yup, it was intense.  and the people that most impressed us and helped us through?  definitely the NICU nurses.  they’re amazing to watch, delicately handling all the very, very tiny babies and moving gently, and calmly.  what a rare breed.

Huffington Post – Thank you, NICU nurses

Still Standing Magazine – Dear NICU nurse

Sunnybrook – Thank you, NICU

KevinMD.com – Appreciate your NICU nurse: a letter from a neonatologist

tall tales tuesday – The Night Fairy – Laura Amy Schlitz

not a typical fairy book.  Flory looses her wings and has to change her fairy nature to survive, using some of her inborn fairy magic, but mostly determination, perseverance, and ingenuity. a nice quick read, beautifully illustrated, with some good life lessons tossed into the mix.

School Library Journal – Review of the Day – The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fantasy Book Critic – The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

Book Page – Laura Amy Schlitz

thoughtful thursday – clean water?

we live in Canada. apparently, we have the 4th largest renewable supply of fresh water.  in the world.  supposedly, “over 99.8% of Canadians have access to pure drinking water and safe sanitation“.

really?  so what about our First Nations’ communities?

First Nations' communities with boil water advisories across Canada

First Nations’ communities with boil water advisories across Canada via Vice

here’s an interesting statistic: 169 First Nation communities across Canada do not have access to clean drinking water (35 of those in BC – second only to 79 in Ontario)

wtf is our federal government doing pissing around with free trade agreements and other international deals and schemes to support transnational corporations when our own citizens can’t even get a clean glass of drinking water??

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tall tales tuesday – The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

another find from A Mighty Girl top read alouds pick.  another great story – and don’t let the title mislead you.  this is not a typical disney-fied princess book.  Hale follows themes of family, community, tradition, education (and the broadening of horizons through learning) set in a world with a little fantasy.  looking forward to the rest of the series.

wikipedia – The Princess Academy

Shannon Hale

Library of Congress Bookfest – Shannon Hale

thoughtful thursday – piliriqatigiingniq

Piliriqatigiingniq, is a pillar of Inuit traditional knowledge, meaning to work together towards a common goal.

here’s the article that sparked my interest via Facebook

These Nunavut Teenage Artists Finished a Massive Toronto Mural | VICE | Canada.

read further:

nunatsiaqonline – Nunavut youth helping to create huge downtown Toronto mural

nunatsiaqonline – Nunavut-Toronto mural project finds new canvas

nunatsiaqonline – Inuit youth conquer and brighten an urban wall