Something about “today there’s a chinook and you better get out and take advantage of the warm weather by decorating a big tree” How do you get those balls on the tree when you only have a small ladder? My solution is to use copper wire to make the hook, and a long stick. The copper wire is just flexible enough to hold and grab the branch while not deforming. Number 16 gauge perfect but the most common is household wire being solid 14 gauge copper wire

Don’t have any copper wire laying about? Join the recycle economy: Just ask your local electrician for some “wire trimmings”, or a street scrapper. You’ll find street-level scrappers dumpster diving in any town or city.  These people make a living by taking what others throw away and turning it into Cash. As of today bare bright copper stands at $2.70 a pound at the scrap yard but very few yards sell what they collect from street level scrappers. Don’t ask me why I don’t know.

Hopefully that wind doesn’t blow all the decorations off before Christmas.

I thought I’d do my part for a friend who is putting together a lecture for the benefit of anyone interested in law, first nations studies, and Alberta Heritage.

Ruth Gorman is the person-of-interest in this lecture.  A book about her work with First Nations has been published:

Behind the Man: John Laurie, Ruth Gorman, and the Indian Vote in Canada
About the Author

Dr. Ruth Gorman, O.C., B.A., LL.B (1914-2002) was a proud lifelong Calgarian. She enjoyed being the editor and publisher of the magazine My Golden West. Throughout her professional life, Dr. Gorman willingly provided volunteer services for Aboriginal issues, the disabled, and others in need. She was honoured with the title of Queen Mother of the Cree and Princess of the Stoney Indian Tribe of Alberta.
Frits Pannekoek is the president of Athabasca University. He has published extensively in the areas of western Canadian, Aboriginal, and Métis history, as well as information and communications studies.

There is a lecture going on at the Royal Alberta Museum. Free and open to the public, the event is targeting law students who are focusing on native issues. Most of the land claims and socioeconomic issues surrounding Canada’s first people are hinged on the laws we create in Canada. Hopefully this lecture will educate me and anyone else who attends. I hope you’ll join me.

Did I say it’s free?

Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014
Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014

The Book Listing from Open Library

Tweets from Royal Alberta Museum

An 18th century illustration of some hand tools
An 18th century illustration of some hand tools, click on the image to go to Wikimedia Commons source image location.



I’ve had a little bit of a break from work, which is good. There are many projects around the acreage that need my attention.

The first one is a little fence mending. Time flies by and it seems like yesterday but it was 6 years ago that I put up the fence on the north side of the property. The landowner that surrounds our acreage grazes cattle. We all know that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Cows know this too, so they stretch the barbed wire while they eat the grass on my side of the fence. It’s a simple matter to un-tie the wire, tighten and re-tie. I just don’t have a wire stretcher