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The Story of Stuff

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Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption… We need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate. — Victor Lebow, American Economist

((::Just so you know:: when I wrote this paragraph, I was using my best Holden Caulfield voice::))

Right now, I don’t have a lot of stuff.  This is what happens when you move around a lot.  You’re always giving away your stuff.  For the past few years of my life, all I’ve managed to keep is enough stuff to fill up my trusty pack.  The stuff I need to get by.  I also have a few totes of stuff stored away in my closet.  This stuff never comes with me on my adventures.  In fact, I don’t ever use any of that stuff.  So I think it’s time to get rid of it.

George Carlin always seems to say it best.  What can I say? He’s right!

It’s funny because it’s true, but I think it’s time to get serious about stuff.  We’re obsessed with it and it’s become a huge problem in our society.

I came across this short documentary today.  Everyone should know the truth about where our stuff comes from, how it’s made and where it ends up after we trash it.

Vive l’Acadie!

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International Acadian Festival 2009 - Alishia Fox

Vive l'Acadie!! International Acadian Festival 2009

Bonne fete a tous les Acadiens et Acadiennes!  Vive l’Acadie!!

August 15 is none other than National Acadian Day.  A day to honour our Acadian brothers and sisters and acknowledge their incredible plight, the Expulsion of the Acadians (Le Grand Dérangement).  Back in 1755, the British forced the Acadians out of our modern day maritime provinces during the French and Indian war.  The Acadians we deported from their homes and sent to the Thirteen Colonies (Southern U.S.) and France.   Today is the day we celebrate their remaining presence in Canada.

Although I am not of Acadian decent, three summers ago I was adopted into their vibrant culture with welcome arms.  I will never forget that summer.  A friend of mine (an actual Acadian) took me along on a road trip down to his home town in New Brunswick for the big day (and stayed for almost a month!).

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Go ahead, call me crazy.

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Q – What do you want to do with your life?

A – Change the world.

Q – How are you going to do that?

A – Not sure yet.

Q – Why can’t you be like the rest of us and just find a job and make money?

A – I’m different.

Have you ever thought you were destined for great things? I know I am.  I’ve known it my whole life, only I’m not quite sure what it is I’m supposed to be doing.  Who knows?  Maybe I’m doing exactly what I should be doing by expressing my thoughts in this blog.  I really never know who’s reading it.  My only hope is to get through to anyone who stumbles upon it.

I see so many things in this world that I want to fix.  Too many to even list in this post.  I sometimes think we’re doing it all wrong.  I wish there was a reset button that would take us back in time, before the industrialized revolution so we could do it right.  By saying “do it right” I’m referring to the green way.  Working with nature instead of against it.  If I could change anything it would be our dependance on oil, which is destroying our only home.

I’ve tried to focus on one issue at a time, but there are just so many things I want to change I often become overwhelmed with it all.  I see where our future is headed if we don’t come together to make these necessary changes and it’s a scary thought.

What really concerns me is that so many of us are too distracted by things that don’t really matter (ego, material possessions, status…etc.) to pay attention to what is happening in the world around us.  What’s worse is that some of us simply don’t care.

The “let someone else fix it” attitude isn’t helping and I won’t judge and call these people selfish.  If they were truly selfish, wouldn’t they want to make a better world for themselves and the people they care about?  Not at all, they’d rather just sit in front of the t.v. watching reality shows wasting their lives away while ignoring things that are destroying our planet.

No, I’m not blaming the problems of the world on reality t.v.  I’m talking about the fact that our society is based on consumerism.  Television is simply the brainwashing medium by which this message is delivered and received by all who become hypnotized by it.

Thankfully, not everyone is like this.  Myself being one of them.  We are living in a time of great importance.  We need to change the way we do things now, or suffer the consequences of our shared ignorance and lack of action in the not-so-distant future.

I’m inspired by others who are as passionate about change as I am.  Watch this video and see how a 12-year-old girl silenced the world with her thoughts.

 

Time to Smile :)

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We all have our bad days where nothing seems to be going right, no matter what we do.  Being in a bad mood is contagious and the more  you send out those negative vibes, the more they come right back at you.  It’s a downward spiral into the shit abyss.

The good news is that smiling is also contagious.  It’s so easy to shake a bad mood, all you have to do is find a way to smile and your day will magically transform along with your new happy mood.

When I feel like I’m starting to have a bad day, I turn to youtube. Give it a shot.  I dare you NOT to smile after watching some of these videos.

Have a great day people!

5 Videos that make me Smile :)

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My Canadian Heritage

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Mr. Lahey

Do you consider the Trailer Park Boys part of our Canadian Heritage? I do.

When you plant shit seeds, you get shit weeds. — Jim Lahey, TPB

Truer words were never spoken.  Life advice from the trailer park boys? Who would have thought?

I recently spent a few weeks visiting family in Michigan.  While I was there, I found myself being frequently questioned by American youth on what it’s like living in Canada.  Recurring questions seemed to be about Canadian beer, weather and the Trailer Park Boys.

Being a proud Canadian, I was once embarrassed by the association with this show.  If you would’ve asked me five years ago if I like the TPB, I would have told you I hated it.  From the bits and pieces I had seen, I thought it was lame sauce and I couldn’t stand to sit through a single episode, let alone be stereotyped by it.

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Phog Phest 3 and my Ukulele

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I’ve had my Ukulele for about a week now.  I’m really enjoying the learning process, although my fingers are a bit sore, but I’m sure they’ll toughen up in time.  Check out my progress below.

So, like I mentioned in the video, I’m very excited about seeing Elliott Brood at Phog Phest 3.

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All aboard! and you won’t be bored, promise.

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Alishia Fox

Taking the train is the best way to go.

You ever been sittin’ in a railroad train in a station, and theres another train sittin’ right next to ya, and one of them starts to move, and you can’t tell which one it is? – George Carlin

Yes.  Yes I have.  In fact, this happened to me today.  Right after I got over the brief moment of excitement thinking my trip had begun and then quickly realizing I wasn’t moving at all, I thought of George Carlin’s routine from his HBO special Jammin’ in New York.  It’s a classic.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

I love taking the train.  It’s actually my favourite way to travel.  Road trips are fun and flying can be exciting (usually because I’m traveling far away from home), but I find the train to be super relaxing.  Plus, taking the train is so much better for the environment.

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