Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring joy

Armed with a magazine that was given to me as a leaving Nakusp gift (Hi Beth!), we started a little hothouse project this weekend.

We had the wire left over from the stucco debacle, and lots of wood kicking around. The foundation blocks are ones that were poured when the fellas were pouring the cement for the second floor of the house (each block has a piece of rebar embedded in it). I only had to buy the pipe and the plastic.

So far, this little project has cost about $60.

The footprint is nice; it's about 8' square at the base. The top of the hoop is about 6' from the ground. (Being a shorty, it's just right!) There's enough room that I might be able to fit a table in there for the seedlings that we've started in the house.

Once the wind dies down (or it stops raining long enough - or both) I'll wrap it in plastic. This week has been pretty blustery so far! Two trees have come down on the land next to ours, one onto our place from the neighbour's.

Sunday we spent the afternoon over at my Mom and Dad's, celebrating what would have been my paternal grandfather's 100th birthday. It was a lovely afternoon, and a great way to remember Poppa.

Oh, and I spent some time with Youngest yesterday going through back blog entries...these last few years have certainly seen some major changes in our lives! I'm grateful for this place to record and remember, to share - and to those of you who read, for taking time out to come and look in on our little lives out here in the mountains.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reflecting on the last week

I spent most of this week in a workshop on Applied Behavioural Analysis...and it reminded me of how much B.F. Skinner contributed to the whole field of psychology. I recently read a book that talked about how true Darwinian philosophy (extrapolated into modern day) was anti-Skinner: that behaviouralism is a crock of s****.
I found that point of view to be pretty darn shocking, considering that my whole education is predicated on the idea that as individuals, we can learn new things based on the way these things are reinforced. If I were to stick with the idea that our genetics are all that makes us who we are (considering I've been a life-long evolutionist), then there is no reason to do the type of work that I do.
I'll have to spend some time thinking about all of this.

Maybe it's about the idea that the individual has potential, within the parameters of the genetics. Maybe we can each learn to be the best potential self we can be...but then we can not pass that down through our genes, only through our memes. Hmmm. Yes. I will have to spend time thinking about this.