“From Stars to Microbes:” The Natureness of Nature

Originally posted on Oak Tree Notebook:
“What is nature?” This may seem like a strange question. It is early spring in Pennsylvania and you would be hard pressed to find someone who is not talking about or thinking about nature in some manner these days. “The weather is beautiful today!” “Oh awesome – I can’t…

Billboard 3: What are You Waiting For?

“Dear Future Husband” continues to climb and “Uptown Funk” remains at the top. Clearly ya’ll have not followed my directives. Though “King Kunta” did make a gain. Overall, not a good week. 1. “Uptown Funk”- Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars Those hair curlers…why? That is all. 2. “Sugar”- Maroon 5 The wedding-singer theme of the …

Environmental History Worth Reading in March 2015

Every month I prepare a list of environmental history worth reading on the internet for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). A full breakdown of my picks with the links can be found here. Watch me discuss my picks with Sean Kheraj below:

Billboard 2: Get the Funk Out of Here

I skipped last week because HR Chart didn’t do a video last week. However, nothing has changed since I last commented. The top three videos are the same as they were in my first Billboard post. This stagnancy is typical, unfortunately. 1. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars This obnoxious song has been …

Review of Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement by Susan Rimby

This review was originally written for H-Net Pennsylvania and can be found here. Susan Rimby.  Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement.  University Park  Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.  Illustrations. xii + 208 pp.  $64.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-271-05624-1; $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-271-05625-8. Reviewed by Jessica DeWitt Published on H-Pennsylvania (September, 2014) Commissioned by …

Review: Historical GIS Research in Canada

This review was originally written for The Otter and the Network in Canadian History and Environment Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin, eds. Historical GIS Research in Canada. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014. 322 pp. $39.95 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-55238-708-5; Free (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-55238-744-3. Reviewed By: Jessica DeWitt (University of Saskatchewan) Published: The Otter-NiCHE (October, 2014) Historical …

Apathy Causes Historic Buildings to Fall

Today Verb Magazine published “Why is Saskatoon so horrible at history?” by Ashley Gerling. Overall, I concur with most of the points made in the article. As an outsider from the eastern United States where historic architecture is not difficult to find, I am continuously horrified and puzzled by Saskatoon’s disregard for the few pieces of historic …

Billboard 1: Chart is in a Funk

This post is the first of what I foresee to be regular commentary on the weekly Billboard Top 100, aided by the killer YouTube channel, HRChart. I plan to comment on the top three songs and any other developments that interest me. #1: “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars” by Mark Ronson Enjoying its eleventh week …

Park Déjà vu

Originally Published on The Otter. CHESS’s Saturday excursion into the suburban wilds originated at the Markham Museum, a Toronto suburb located north east of the city. Our visit began with a presentation by two Parks Canada employees on the new Rouge Urban National Park initiative, which will be the first Canadian national park located within an …

On Question Periods and State Park Closures

Originally posted on Thoughts Across Time. I find the most difficult part of presenting at conferences to be the question section. There is something about being put on-the-spot that causes one to completely forget the entirety of one’s knowledge base. One frantically searches the suddenly blank depths of one’s mind for a semi-intelligent response. The ability …