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Hang Tight

The tallest free-standing structure in the Czech Republic is a 305-meter chimney built in 1977 at the Chvaletice power plant. 90 km downwind from Prague, the plant burns lignite, a locally mined, volatile soft brown coal considered to be the most harmful to human health. In October of 2016, Greenpeace activists occupied one of the …

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The Boys Are Back in Town

My Father’s family is from Poland though they didn’t talk about it much other than odd references to the ‘Old Country’.  His parents and most siblings left in the 20’s and Dad was born in Toronto. Before this week he’d never been. When a close family friend invited us to Wroclaw and Krakow it seemed …

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Clouds Suck

Everything white. My nose and throat full of mist, my feet disappeared, I can see no further than the variometer in my lap, which reads 832 meters- surely that can’t be right? I jumped 270-feet in five seconds? Alex’s voice crackles on the radio. “Go west, go to the beach. West!” The compass says I’m …

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We Were Here

The Canadian shield appears slowly, patches of granite flooring alongside the road. Then tables. Then shelves. Somewhere north of Port Severn the low walls begin to climb until fortified corridors become two-story faces with dynamite-scarred cheeks, the ground below littered with their pre-cambrian stubble. I feel safe here. No matter how old I get, driving …

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Boiling Friends

Do you know the story of the boiling frog? It’s a metaphor for the risks of not noticing gradual change that ends in disaster. The frog gets used to warming water until it boils to death. Even uncomfortable change can be normalized as this compelling video describes about the current situation in Venezuela. Watching it …

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The Banana Did It

“There was a fire”, he said. My mechanic Heiner and I stood in front of a burnt out Mitsubishi 4×4. The engine compartment was already empty and the body of the car had both fire and smoke damage. The ‘Firestone Destination’ tires however looked OK and I needed some. When I lived in San Diego …

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