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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.71
29 used & new from CDN$ 13.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read, Feb. 6 2016
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Not as good as her first book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses but still a great read. In Gathering Moss, Ms. Kimmerer weaves together a series of stories around moss, adding tidbits of her aboriginal background to enhance the stories which are mostly given from a western scientific perspective. In Braiding Sweetgrass, again a series of stories, she seems to take the opposite approach, Here she focuses on the aboriginal world view, and weaves science into the stories.
I would love to have been a student in Ms. Kimmerer's university classes - she has the ability to show us there is more to nature than what we read in our other textbooks, and some of the adventures she takes her students on would be amazing.
I have only two complaints about this book - one is that as you go from chapter to chapter, the stories jump from up-state New York to west coast rain forests to the southeastern US which plays havoc with continuity. The other is that a couple of the chapters, though fascinating, do seem to drag on - I found that the chapter covering the Onondaga Lake story, in particular, really painful to get through.
For the most part, though, it was an excellent read and told me stories from an indigenous culture perspective that really opened my eyes to a whole new world view.


Canadian 25 Cents, 1953-1989, No. 3
Canadian 25 Cents, 1953-1989, No. 3
by Whitman Publishing
Edition: Hardcover
10 used & new from CDN$ 4.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, Oct. 17 2015
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Consistent quality in the entire set.


iPhone 5s Cable, JETech APPLE CERTIFIED USB Sync and Charging Lightning Cable for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5/5S/5C, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini (White)
iPhone 5s Cable, JETech APPLE CERTIFIED USB Sync and Charging Lightning Cable for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5/5S/5C, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini (White)
Offered by JEDirect CA
Price: CDN$ 9.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 3.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, Oct. 4 2015
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Good, heavy duty cable. Works perfectly.


Battpitt™ Laptop / Notebook Battery Replacement for Acer Aspire 5742-374G32 (4400mAh / 48Wh) (Ship From Canada)
Battpitt™ Laptop / Notebook Battery Replacement for Acer Aspire 5742-374G32 (4400mAh / 48Wh) (Ship From Canada)
Offered by BattPit
Price: CDN$ 21.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and the battery was a perfect replacement. Haven't had it long enough to know ..., Sept. 3 2015
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Price was right, delivery was fast, and the battery was a perfect replacement. Haven't had it long enough to know how well the product stands up - but so far so good.


Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide
Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide
by Simone Allard
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.21
5 used & new from CDN$ 29.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best laid out field books I've ever seen., July 11 2015
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If all field guides could only be this good! This is one of THE best field guides I have ever seen - and I have a very large collection. Over 100 butterflies that can be found in Manitoba are covered in this well laid out book. The guide is not your typical butterfly field guide with large pages full of several butterflies. Instead, each butterfly has it's own 2 page spread that shows a range map, egg, caterpillar, pupa, and pictures of adult butterflies (most on their host plants) as well as lifesize pictures of the adults that clearly show characteristics - whether it be upper and lower wings, variations in colouration, etc. It also tells you when and where to search, food plants for larvae and adult, flight patterns, and some natural history as well as interesting trivia.
Chapter 1 covers butterfly basics (life cycles, etc,), Chapter 2 is on defense mechanisms (from caterpillar camouflage and toxicity to colouration strategies of adults). Chapter 3 tells you where to look for butterflies - i.e. which kinds you are apt find where.The next couple of chapters cover butterfly gardening and even how to rear butterflies. Then, after the well organized (grouped by family) descriptions, the book ends with a glossary of terms followed by a fairly comprehensive 6-1/2 page list of larval food plants. The index has check boxes so you can tick off the ones you've seen (a really nice touch) and ends with a short chapter on rare butterflies not included in the guide and a comprehensive resource list of books and internet sites to check out for more information.
The book is well written, with great photos. The only thing that MIGHT have made it better would be arrows pointing to key identifying characteristics as I have seen in some other field guides. But the book is so well done that it's not really necessary.
I hope the author or publisher use the same model and produce a book on moths, too.
Coming from Ontario to Manitoba, I didn't bring my butterfly field guides, but I recognize most of the butterflies in this book - so you don't have to live in Manitoba to make use of this guide book. I suspect it will be an asset no matter what part of eastern or midwestern north america you are in.


Neck & Neck
Neck & Neck
Offered by beachesmusic
Price: CDN$ 6.72
21 used & new from CDN$ 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar, March 15 2015
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This review is from: Neck & Neck (Audio CD)
Two of my favourite guitar players, together on one disc. Fantastic musicianship. I especially love the duet where they make fun of themselves: in the song "There'll be Some Changes Made", there are references to Money for Nothing and other tunes. In one spot, after a fancy riff by Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins comes back with "Your pretty good, but you're no Mark Knopfler", a reference, I'm sure, to the story of Chet's experience on a cruise ship where he came into a room where some folks were jamming and joined it anonymously and at some point someone said to him, "You're pretty good, but you're not Chet Atkins".
Delightful guitar pickin' by two of the best.


Barbecue Grill. Barbecue. Enjoy Cooking With This Bartlett 2 Burner Propane Barbecue Gas Grill. This Barbecue Gas Grill Pushes 27,000 BTUs. Its Stainless Steel Barbecue Gas Grills Can Cook Up To 17 Burgers At Once. Barbecue Gas Grill For Many Summers
Barbecue Grill. Barbecue. Enjoy Cooking With This Bartlett 2 Burner Propane Barbecue Gas Grill. This Barbecue Gas Grill Pushes 27,000 BTUs. Its Stainless Steel Barbecue Gas Grills Can Cook Up To 17 Burgers At Once. Barbecue Gas Grill For Many Summers
Offered by Your Daily Deal
Price: CDN$ 693.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the money - but not if you ..., March 15 2015
Good value for the money - but not if you buy it from Amazon. The price on Amazon.ca is $383.49. I just paid $75 at Walmart for the identical unit. It's also available online at Walmart.ca.
I've had it for a week and so far I'm very impressed. The materials are somewhat lightweight, so I don't expect a long life out of this unit, but it heats fast, cooks evenly, is a breeze to clean and the upper rack removes easily so I can cook my favourite beer can chicken. The design of the heat deflector over the burners minimizes flare ups once you figure out where to place the meat - even sausages browned nicely with minimal flaring. This is a perfect sized patio BBQ and a great little unit for the money.


Atlantic 96635642 Remote Caddy
Atlantic 96635642 Remote Caddy
Price: CDN$ 12.99
27 used & new from CDN$ 10.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very convenient, very durable, March 8 2015
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Great value for the money. Durable material. Holds 4 remotes in a readily accessible position. My only complaint is that on my leather lazy boy chair, the "anchor" has nothing to grip because the seat cushion is sewn in place. As a result, the caddy does tend to slip a bit and needs readjusting every once in a while - a small price to pay, though, for having all the remotes very convenient to access.


McBrides Deluxe 16" Bodhran Irish Drum Bag
McBrides Deluxe 16" Bodhran Irish Drum Bag

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality drum bag, March 8 2015
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This is a well made, well padded bodhran bag. The bag itself is a very durable yet pliable canvas material with a heavy duty zipper. The hand strap is a padded canvas that is both stitched with a leather reinforcement AND riveted with a brass rivet. The removable shoulder strap uses brass D rings that are fastened the same way. The side pouch holds many tippers and penny whistles with room to spare, though a D whistle has to sit at an angle - if they'd made the pouch another inch taller it would have been perfect. The wide pouch makes it easy to reach inside to find whatever you need (my symbol bag needed to be dumped out to get the allen key in the bottom). My 16" Fred Halpin drum is a very snug fit but it DOES fit. It is much better than the symbol bag I've used for the past several years. If your bodhran is one of the newer style deep drums, this bag won't work as it is designed for nothing deeper than a 4.5" deep drum. I am very pleased with the bag - very good quality and value.


Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.90
27 used & new from CDN$ 13.43

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read, March 8 2015
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No wonder it won an award. This is an amazing book - filled with a magical blend of science and the perspective of someone who has grown up with a love of nature steeped in First Nations lore. This collection of short essays transports the reader to shaded forests while it educates you on the science and beauty of the lowly moss. It is far from a textbook on mosses, though. These are stories about people and places as seen from Wall Kimmerer's viewpoint. Mosses just happen to be the connecting thread. I have shared this book with several friends and everyone has gushed about it when returning it. I will be buying more of this author's works in the future. This book was a wonderful escape.


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