Get regular updates on innovative ideas, products and services from local Calgarians, Organizations, and Businesses.
Have some great ideas and a knack for writing – you can also apply to be a guest author.
Thanks to our sponsors, if you are a certified local NGO you can sign up for a free account and share your ideas and events for all of the city to see!
Become a local spokesperson for your industry. Share your industry specific knowledge on sustainable, efficient, natural, and/or local products and services.
As a child I answered the question “What would you like to be when you grow up?” with ” A nun, a stripper, pop star or a writer.”. I was puzzled by the amused responses to my ideas for my future. For one reason or another I didn’t actually go down any of the other career paths. Whilst I wouldn’t say no if I was offered a recording contract, here I am writing and lovingRead More
As a child I answered the question “What would you like to be when you grow up?” with ” A nun, a stripper, pop star or a writer.”. I was puzzled by the amused responses to my ideas for my future. For one reason or another I didn’t actually go down any of the other career paths. Whilst I wouldn’t say no if I was offered a recording contract, here I am writing and loving it!
After a 10 year career teaching young children in intercity schools in England, a combination of health and family needs have led me to spend the last 15 years at home. It’s not easy being the CEO of a busy rural household of one husband, three boys, 14, 10 and 5 years old, two dogs, one ancient cat, three rabbits, chickens, and a goldfish. It is rare to have them all cooperate at the same time, leading to various degrees of chaos. I have been known to mutter sarcastically” thank goodness I had a good education so I didn’t end up in a dead end job“ as I carried out my repetitive household chores day in day out. Then I realised my education and experiences gave me the skills, outlook, choices, values, way of life, and opportunities to express myself and make a difference in my home and community. I am grateful for my gifts of determination, divergent green thinking, sense of humour, a busy brain and love of writing.
The past few years have also been busy with designing and building a new family home in our 1/4 acre back yard. I designed two houses with the help of an architectural technician, hoping to sell one building plot with detailed plans to fund our house build. I eventually traded a building plot with a local builder in return for a house build – a mutually beneficial deal during the recession. Research led me to favour using new eco-friendly principles, within financial constraints, with materials sourced locally where possible. The majority of our furnishings are 1960/70’s second hand/ up cycled, searched for at auction and local selling sites. Our new home complements my long developed habits of shopping locally, at farmers markets, local butchers, a weekly seasonal veggie box delivery, and eating our own chickens eggs when they are in the mood to lay them. I love searching for good quality second hand clothes and accessories. I can’t remember the last time I bought them new. I love trading, hand me downs and making things myself. I also try to shop ethically preferring businesses who treat their producers and staff fairly. I am always learning. There is so much more I could do, but for now I do my best. And that is as much as anyone can do!
Articles on the site are the property of the authors. While every effort is made to insure quality content “isGreen” and “Calgary.isGreen” make no claim as to the accuracy of individual articles, nor do we necessarily share the opinions expressed therein. This site is designed to be as diverse possible so there is likely to be various ideas on similar topics.
To report inappropriate content, copyright infringement or broken links CLICK HERE.