I heard of a writer, whose name I don't recall, responding to a question about writer's block something along the line of "You know, my father was a trucker but he never had 'trucker's block'". And I suppose its true to a point, but just like there are days when his father probably rued climbing into the cab of his truck for want of being inspired, this writer is feeling uninspired.
After coming up with better than a post a day for the last little while, I'm stuck. Its a beautiful time of the year, even at 11pm there is a glow in sky, the inky blackness of our winter skies suddenly gone. I should have things (and do) to write about, but can't bring any cohesive thoughts down onto the "page". So I'm going to rely on others this morning. Here are three distinct and diverse things that caught my eye this morning online.
It bears repeating, but if you are not drinking a sustainable coffee you're not only drinking an inferior beverage but you're contributing to the deforestation of the tropics, Developing World poverty, and the loss of critical migratory and tropical bird habitat, including critical habitat for some of our most endangered neo-tropical migrants. It is a simple, and relatively inexpensive way to do some good by switching to a sustainable coffee. Really a win-win-win situation.
Julie, one of my all time favourite writers/bloggers/friend was recently down in Guatemala on a sustainable coffee finca banding birds. It behooves you to visit two of her blogs, Coffee and Conservation and Net Results all of the time. But if nothing else go to them now and read her reports on her visit down there. Great photos, fantastic birds.
Wanderin' Weeta is another blog I regularly visit. Like many of the authors I enjoy, Susannah has an eye for detail and a curiousity about the tiny lives around us. Check out her latest post on the moth that is most unmothlike, and a fascinating study. She discovered a bagworm, Dahlica triquetrella, an introduced species of moth that, as an adult, has no wings, no mouth, no eyes, and in Canada at least is a population that only consists of females. It reproduces by parthogenisis, so essentially all of its (all female) offspring are clones of itself. What is more, depending on how many individuals were introduced from Europe, it may very well be a clone of a single individual. Nature is so utterly fascinating.
Finally be sure to visit The Arctic Bay Atlas, a joint mapping project of Nunavut Youth Consultants (a local youth group/business) and the Inuit Heritage Trust. The project is mapping the area around Arctic Bay and is fascinating. Hover your curser over a spot on the map and you'll hear (faintly) the Inuktitut name of the place. Click on the spot and you'll get information on the Inuktitut name, English name, features and on some, photos of the location. For instance you can see photos of Qurlurniq, the place I had coffee on my last adventure.
For those Nunavumiut who are interested, the official launch of the website is at the Nunatta Campus of Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit (Iqaluit? Why not Arctic Bay?) on March 30th, 2009 from 10:15 am to 12:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.