friday – lego, pranayama, lilypad, induction, education, gold


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Wouldn’t it be nice to get a weekly dose of positive ideas to kick off your weekend? We all have rituals and habits which help to create a sacred space. Or maybe we don’t have enough of that kind of goodness in our lives. We might need a little lift, a tonic to counteract the popular media churn. Welcome, sit down for a minute and take it in. It’s time to recharge. TGIF.

Fun is also thought of as amusing, enjoyable, entertaining, lively, pleasant.

Build, display and play with this intricately detailed, 3,036-piece LEGO® Ideas 21318 Tree House playset. A complex build for experienced LEGO builders that all the family will love to play with, it features a landscape base and 3 LEGO tree house cabins—a main bedroom, bathroom and kids’ room. The tree has interchangeable sets of green summer leaf elements and yellow and brown fall leaf elements—these and various plant elements on the base are all made from sustainable-plant-based polyethylene plastic—and the treetop and cabin roofs are removable to allow easy access.

Relax or to be calm, lie down, loosen up, recline, sit back, soften, unwind.

One of our oldest traditions of physical culture and health holds an answer to one of our most modern of problems – anxiety. Although many us typically think of the physical practice associated with Yoga as a series of pretzel-like postures executed by impossibly flexible people, the core of the physical practice actually lies in breath control, or pranayama (pr., prahnah-YAH-mah). The combination of posture and breath is typically referred to as Hatha (ha – sun; tha — moon) Yoga in the West.

Invent, used as a verb means to originate or create as a product of one’s own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance, to produce or create with the imagination.

Vincent Callebaut has designed Lilypads – self-sufficient floating cities that would accommodate up to 50,000 residents. It’s shape inspired by Victoria water lilies, these stand-alone eco-cities are to be made of polyester fibres and feature mountains and marinas – allowing for work, shopping and entertainment. Aquaculture farms and suspended gardens would be located below the water line, and the cities would run on renewable energy.

Deal. What kind of good deals are we making? Things like sustainable product choices, ways people co-operate or technological advancements.

Reducing consumption is key for a more sustainable future. But, when a new appliance needs to be purchased, picking a sustainable option is key.

Induction technology reduces the amount of electricity required to cook foods traditionally prepared on electric stove. The secret is an internal copper coil. This coil generates a magnetic field within your steel and iron-based pots and pans. The magnetic field causes molecules in the pots and pans to begin vibrating rapidly, creating heat, so the cookware itself heats the food. In this way, heat is generated in the cookware and not on the cooktop surface, a process which is much more energy-efficient than cooking with traditional gas or electric ranges.

Appreciate is defined as: to be grateful or thankful for, to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on, to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect, to raise in value.

The education system in Canada, like many countries, consists of primary schooling, secondary schooling, and postsecondary schooling. School attendance is mandatory until the age of 16 in all provinces except for Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick where the required age is 18. Kindergarten is available to children when they turn four in Ontario and Quebec and when they turn five everywhere else. The school year generally runs from August through June of the following year. Postsecondary schooling is split between colleges, where one typically goes to receive vocational training, and universities, for those pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree. There is no federal education department or educational system. The provincial governments manage and oversee public education within the provinces at all levels of education and receive funding from the local, provincial and federal governments. French immersion programs are offered in most places throughout the provinces as Canada is officially a bilingual country. (

In the 2018/19 school year the average annual tuition fee for an undergraduate degree program in Canada was 6,838 Canadian dollars. 

Yore & lessons from history, habits from simpler times, pre-technology.

FILE– A group of unidentified people sluice for gold in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush circa 1900-1901.(CP ARCHIVE PHOTO/National Archives of Canada)

On this day in 1896 Gold was first discovered in the Klondike at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack. This led to the establishment of Dawson City (1896) and subsequently, the Yukon Territory (1898). The Klondike gold rush solidified the public’s image of the North as more than a barren wasteland and left a body of literature that has popularized and romanticized the Yukon.


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