If not us, not them
If not now, then when?
If not here, nor there
If not this world
Then where?

– John Gorka

I’m trying to build a better life in an apartment in a city in southern Ontario.  I’m routinely concerned by what I see in the world around me and by stories that I hear from other people.  As a result, I’m trying to make my life more sustainable and more just, and to find ways to work with rather than fight the direction the world seems to be headed.  I believe that we can change our lives and, with any luck, our communities and even, perhaps, the world.

My big dream is to have some land, somewhere a bit more rural, with a small house, a large garden, and probably some animals.  But for now, what I want is to make this life, the one that I have here with my husband in a small, moderately ill-kept apartment, in a semi-major Canadian city, the best that it can be.  If I don’t do this now, in the place where I am, then it won’t get done.  So we might as well just get down to it.

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi – You left a comment on my blog – ittybittyfarminthecity.blogspot.com – and me with my clumsy fingers pressed delete instead of publish (i blame it on the small screen of the iphone). could you please submit your comment again? i don’t want you to miss the chance of winning the book 🙂

    here’s your comment:

    This is actually on my amazon wish list – I’m always on the look for books that offer both information and inspiration. My current favourite book on homesteading is The Almanac of Rural Living – it’s older, and isn’t specific to urban environments, but it has a good deal of useful information in it.

  2. Like you, I am trying to make the best of what I have while living in an apartment in Southern Ontario (I’m in Cambridge), on the dark side of the building, facing North. But, we live on the ground floor, and we do get some sun on the nicer days, so it could be worse.
    I agree with you, we can change our world, and I think that when we change it for the better, we set positive things in motion. I think people like you could be the torch-bearers of an important movement, so keep up the good work!

  3. Reading some of your posts tells me we are on similar paths, changing, shifting, moving toward something different, something better.
    I love the John Gorka quote you include on pages. He’s an awesome singer-songwriter! The quote/song lyric asks questions that makes me take another step toward something different, something better.

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