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Here’s a short post from author and journalist P.C. Zick, that hi-lights my wife Francis’ third novel of the the Crater Lake Series. Patricia has done a wonderful review including links of her past reviews and interviews with Fran. Together, they give a detailed overview of the Crater Lake Series. Thank you Patricia. Good luck with your recent move and downsizing. Keep up your good work on climate change awareness, gardening and ecology. Also, it’s Fran’s birthday today. The best gift a person could possibly give to her would be to delve into anyone of her 3 novels. Go for it. You won’t be disappointed! Happy birthday, Francis.

                                                                                               Fran, at the real Crater Lake.

Originally posted on P.C. Zick:

CDN (book antiqua) Front Cover 6x9 JPEG Final ProofChasing Down the Night  – Crater Lake Series, Book 3 by Francis Guenette

I’m not usually a reader of novels in a series. That changed when I fell in love with Francis Guenette’s Crater Lake setting and characters. Beginning with the first book in the series, Disappearing in Plain Sight, I settled in with Izzy and Liam, Beulah and Bethany, and all the others, becoming a part of their oddly matched family as much as the stragglers who visit them throughout the three novels.

The injured souls who come to the lake and the camp on Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, arrive with low expectations, but desperate for some type of healing. In Chasing Down the Night, characters from the first two novels, such as Dylan and Lisa, still need to find some kind of resolution from their past, but the reader is also introduced to three new residents…

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Solar cold frame

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It has been three  weeks since I’ve last posted and I haven’t had much of a chance to visit fellow bloggers. Being in the carpentry business can be hectic at times.

I have numerous jobs on the go…

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Mitchell deck - bruce witzel photo


Blogging has been low on the totem pole.


Kwatsistah - North West Coast Vancouver Island - francis guenette photo


Still, I manage to be busy in the garden….


Greenhouse & shop in process - bruce witzel photo

The solar greenhouse and shop I’m building has slowed way down. But old window glass from a renovation found their way into into this solar cold frame that I built a month ago.


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Thanks for the inspiration from Dan over on vegetablurb who gave me the idea back in April.  Meanwhile, I’m also collecting some double pane recycled windows for the new greenhouse and shop.


Recyled windows and 50 gallon drums waiting in the bush - bruce witzel photo


Proposed Solar Greenhouse and Shed - by b.witzel

It is now clear to me that the greenhouse is not going to be functional until the next growing season.


Greenhouse and shop nexr to garden arbors - bruce witzel photo


The cold frame will have to do for now…


New coldframe with greenhouse & shop under construction - bruce witzel photo


Solar powered cold frame, May 31-2015 -bruce witzel photo


Coldframe at sunset, May 31 - 2015


I leave you with the beauty of nature and the Bonnechere River in this photo taken by Francis near Ottawa, where she is currently visiting her son Doug.


Bonnechere River - francis guenette photo

Bonnechere means pretty one. Yes, indeed!


~ Cheers to all ~



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We must teach our children and remind ourselves three simple life lessons:

Tell the truth. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t be afraid.


 From Harriet Shugarman – executive director of ClimateMama





There is no longer any room for denial around climate change.

We humans are causing climate to change.

End of story.


2015 C02 Levels




We must acknowledge and recognize that there is no bridge to a carbon-free future.

We will need to step bravely into the abyss, trust in science and the evidence and make the leap to a renewable energy future, through our actions now – individual and collective.

This will put people to work, grow the economy, and begin to heal the planet.


Observation deck on the Grand Canyon - bruce witzel photo




We must look “truth” squarely in the eye and not be afraid.

Scientists are telling us and our planet is showing us we need to act…

We need to move quickly and boldly forward to reclaim a liveable future.


Harriet Shugarman







Please read Five Renewable Energy Facts for Earth Day at ClimateMama, which is about rapidly growing U.S.A. solar installations as well as the non-profit Solar Electric Light Fund, whose goal is to assist 1.5 billion people poor people throughout the earth.


Mono Lake California Parks Center - bruce witzel photo


The photo below shows ingenious technology, a cardboard solar box cooker, built in Oaxaca Mexico in 1992. Corn husks insulate the box, solar energy is trapped (via the greenhouse effect) and voila, the food cooks!


A simple cardboard solar oven in Oaxaca Mexico, circa 1992 - bruce witzel photo


Imagine what we can do together by 2032?


Cheers ~ Bruce


“Change that is required is a change of consciousness.” 

Johnny Seed


Modern civilization has largely fallen into a dualism that seems to put ecology and economy as two opposing forces. In reality, the two are interrelated.


3)Trans Canada Highway in Banff National Park Oct 27, 2014 - Bruce witzel photo


The root of both words, eco-logy and eco-nomy, comes from the Greek oikos, meaning household, dwelling place, or habitat.


Lions Gate Bridge and North Vancouver - photo and painted effect by bruce witzel

Ecology is about interactions of natural communities. It is the story of where we live (the earth). Economy is about household management. It means thrift and sound management of our personal and communal resources. In today’s modern economy, however, waste, blunder and negligence are the norm.

There are so many ways people can do things differently.  

Recently I was inspired by a few paragraphs from Global Chorus, 365 voices for the Future of the Planet…


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Along with these images, I share with you the voice of Osvald Bjelland…


We need to break the link between the pursuit of human ambition and the depletion of the natural environment. To move people and goods without warming the climate.


Portland Oregon - bruce witzel photo


To transform waste into a resource.


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To redirect consumption away from the accumulation of stuff.


A monarch butterfly @ Pismo Beach California Nov. 2012


To power ourselves – heat our homes, preserve our food and light our lamps – without making our air unbreathable.


Solar Home in New Denver, British Columbia - Bruce Witzel photo


In short, we need to reinvent growth.

It is all too easy too dismiss these aims as lofty dreams. Yet they are no more loftier than the telephone was during the last days of the telegram, nor any more improbable than the internal combustion engine was when the preferred mode of transportation was the horse-drawn carriage.

In fact, I would argue that it is those who call change impractical who are the impractical ones…


Sunset on Lake Manitou, Saskatchewan - bruce witzel photo

I believe in human ingenuity, and that by working together… the balance between our natural and human resources can be restored.


Osvald Bjelland

founder of the Global leadership and Technology Exchange Partnership.


 GoSun Solar oven - photo source unknown



Cheers to the solar age that’s dawning


~ Bruce ~

Cover Reveal–Chasing Down the Night

bruce thomas witzel:

My wife Francis’ work as an educator, researcher and trauma counselor has lead her to creating the third novel of the Crater Lake Series , due to be released in mid May. Not to give away the storyline, a cougar plays a key role. The cover of Chasing Down the Night is a composite of two images. Believe it or not, the background image is of the forest that surrounds our driveway. The more amazing and prominent image of the cougar was taken by Charles Brandt just outside the porch of his hermitage. Father Charles is a Catholic hermit priest, a deep ecologist and a world renowned book and art conservator.
Please head over to Fran’s blog, Disappearing in Plain Sight, to give her a boost and a thumbs up.

Originally posted on disappearinginplainsight:

Here we go, folks. With a flourish and a bow, a drumroll and a trumpet blast, I give you the cover for the third book of the Crater Lake Series – Chasing Down the Night.

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Back of the Book Synopsis

One might be excused for assuming that an idyllic life unfolds for those who have chosen to live and work near the shores of Crater Lake. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Long-time resident, Izzy Montgomery juggles the stress of a new job with her burgeoning home life. Family dynamics go into overdrive when Alexander and Cynthia launch plans to build a home nearby and Liam’s sister, Fiona shows up to do an internship with the local doctor. Lisa-Marie and Justin are back for the summer and sparks fly. While crusty, old Reg keeps sawmill production booming, Beulah runs the organic bakery and plans the First Annual Caleb Jenkins…

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AFLOAT IN THE ATMOSPHERE – part 2, and more (CO2)

I'm flying over North America - bruce witzel photo


2015 C02 Levels 


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On average, each person in Canada, Australia, and the United States creates the worlds highest global greenhouse gas emissions.

If you look  historically over the past 100 hundred years, the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions have been created by the world’s wealthiest countries. 

This graph shows total overall annual emissions for different countries in 2013…




Poor people are the most vulnerable to climate change events like extreme drought, more severe typhoons and heavy floods.

They have done the least to create global climate change.





The Channel Islands National Park is afloat amidst the haze of Southern California… 


Looking towards the Channel Islands off the California coast- bruce witzel photo


Clouds are also afloat over the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Seattle (below). The worlds fragile biosphere and ecosystems are being harmed by more and more Canadian exports of fossil fuel.

A few days ago, April 15th, an oil spill occurred in Vancouver’s English Bay. Although it is relatively small (2,700 litres), the spill underlines the environmental threats due to our increasing energy dependencies.


Sunrise over Georgia Strait and Gabriola Island - bruce witzel photo


Canada’s Parliament led by Prime Minister Steven Harper supports further tar sands extraction and more oil & gas pipelines. He and his government are opposed to any real or meaningful reductions of our greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 1880, global emissions have caused an average temperature increase of 1.4 degree Celsius to the planet. Although this doesn’t seem like much, overall this increase is creating havoc with the air steams and ocean currents that create weather.

This Tuesday, April 14th, Canada’s Premiers (without Harper) are meeting in Quebec City to discuss plans for climate action…



Meanwhile at the federal level in Ottawa (across the river, below)

the clouds hang low over Harper…


Canada's parliament in Ottawa - bruce witzel photo


The Scientific Consensus:

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.


“On the one hand, you have the entire scientific community, and on the other you have a handful of people, most of them crackpots.”

Lord Robert May, former President of the Royal Society

Climate change is real



Victoria Harbour protest against Nuclear Weapons - late 1980's - burce witzel photo

THE COSMIC CHRIST & CLIMATE CHANGE (for doubting Thomas’s)

  “We are the ones we have been waiting for” 

~ Hopi Saying ~  

  The Sacred Black Hills of the Dakota - bruce witzel photo


“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all… living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”

Thomas Merton (from his final address)



203_co2-graph-1280x800 Source; Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.


These days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we?

~ Pope Francis ~


Saint Joseph's Oratory, the Basilica of Mount Royal, Montreal - bruce witzel photo



  The Cosmic Christ by Sr. Nancy Earl , Center for Action and Contemplation archive

  The Cosmic Christ

~ Painting by Sr. Nancy Earl, Center for Action and Contemplation ~



photo of a photo by b. witzel


~ Peace ~


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