Everything is NOT Awesome!

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best videos ever made. It’s a stand against how Shell has teamed up with LEGO to have us all, and especially all of our children, believe that searching for oil in the Arctic is awesome.

Decide for yourself and watch it here.



In peace,


PS – And don’t forget to sign the petition, too.


My Favourite Astrologer Says…

Here’s an excerpt from my astrological forecast the other day. Although I left the part out strictly intended for us Virgos, I wanted to share what I thought was a rather insightful message from British astrologer, Jonathan Cainer.

Trees do not seek planning permission before they take root. Birds do not clear a flight-path before they take off. Rain does not request a licence before falling. It’s amazing how many natural processes can manage to occur without the intervention of the appropriate authorities. No doubt, in time, governments will find some way to regulate them. Meanwhile, it is nice to know that in a world of conformity and regimentation, there is still some scope for spontaneity….  

–Jonathan Cainer, excerpt from Virgo Horoscope, Feb. 4, 2012

I am hoping for more spontaneity and less control in 2012. What about you?

Cheers, shee

PS – Find out what the stars have in store for you and visit Jonathan’s website at www.cainer.com.


Pitching in on Project Green Day

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, I’ve been volunteering quite a bit of my time to my community’s Project Green Day. After months of talk and weeks of preparation, Project Green Day finally arrived last Saturday in the Diamond Valley where I live.

It’s nothing short of heroic what a small group of enthusiastic citizens can do in just one day!

Garbage collected from a natural area by the Sheep River on Diamond Valley Project Green Day held May 14, 2011

Almost 70 volunteers clocked in over 200 hours of effort on the day of the event. They came out to pick up trash in green areas (believe me, there was LOTS, from candy bar wrappers to UMOs), tidy up publicly enjoyed gardens, and plant trees and build a pathway in a new community park.


There are many to thank for making it possible for all this to happen: our municipal governments of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, our corps of volunteers, our local media which helped promote the event in editorial and community event listings, our generous sponsors of supplies and services, and our hardworking Foothills Lions Club for feeding, watering and otherwise energizing all those who worked so hard on the day of the event.

On behalf of all of us who live in the Diamond Valley, whether people, plant, or animal, I salute you. Because of your efforts our homes are safer and lovelier. Hip Hip Hooray for all participants in Project Green Day!

Cheers, shee

PS – Want to organize a Project Green Day in your community? Just drop me a line at shee@sheesays.com.

PPS – Wondering what a UMO is? It’s an Unidentified Metal Object.  : )


Not about the Oscars

The Oscars are tonight! The Oscars are tonight! But, this post isn’t about the Oscars. (Sorry.)

This post is about polar bears. More specifically, it’s about what we can do for the plight of polar bears.

And, for all you Oscar fans out there (and, yes, I am one of them), there are even some things we can do for the polar bears while watching the Oscars. Like recycling our Oscar party beverage containers, like using re-usable napkins instead of throwaways, like wearing the same Oscar party duds as last year, or, perhaps, borrowing “new-to-you” duds from a friend.

Why the spotlight on polar bears, especially on today, Oscar day?

Because the nice people at Care2.com have brought polar bears to my attention on this day, and they are trying to bring it to yours, too. Here’s the link to Care2’s Feng Shui Daily Tip. It’s a lovely write up on polar bears, their interconnected with us, and how we can help them “one big bear hug at a time.”





There’s a Spider in my Bathroom

I would like to preface the following remarks with full disclosure as to the fact that I live in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Our cold climate means we don’t have to fear the likes of all kinds of poisonous creatures lurking in every snowbank or garden bed to get us. There may be a few out there, but, hey, it’s not like I live in Australia. The spiders in this story are, as far as I know, of a non-poisonous variety.

There once was a time when a spider in my bathroom would have elicited an eeek-and-squish response from me. I’m not very proud of that, but that’s how it was. Not anymore, though, as I’m proud to say I’ve finally come to terms with my learned fear of spiders, a fear that was  painstakingly taught to me by a teasing brother and an over-fearful (at least of spiders) mother.

Today I view spiders in a whole new light. When it comes to  these fascinating eight-legged acrobats, I see myself as their landlord and the spiders as great tenants. There aren’t many of them, just two in the bathroom who have staked out different territories, and, I suppose, a few more than two in our dug-out style basement. They earn their keep by eating other unwanted bugs. As far as I am concerned, the spiders are my own personal team of helpful housecleaners, using all-natural products at that. I make a point of thanking them for the great job they are doing whenever I see them.

If you were to come to visit my bathroom or basement, you’d probably see a spider web or two. While some might might think I was a lazy housekeeper, I know that you won’t. I know you’ll understand that what’s really going on is a truly symbiotic relationship, one involving mutual respect and cooperation. Or, as they say in the business world, a win-win situation.

So, here’s to my spiders, and to this brand new blog, too. I plan to bring you all kinds of news and insights into the wonderful, wild, and, sometimes just plain weird, world of animals and nature over the next weeks and months and, who knows, maybe years. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

In peace,