Moms to the rescue!

Moms are coming to the rescue in Portland, Oregon where federal troopers are storming the streets.

Self-identified Moms have come out en masse in July 2020 to protest Trump’s order of sending in federal troops to take back control of cities where Black Lives Matter (#BLM) protests, fueled by the senseless killing of George Floyd in May 2020 by Minneapolis police, continue. These federal troopers are unidentified, have taken protestors into unmarked vehicles, and have been accused of “blatant abuse of power.”

According to a July 22, 2020 story in the Washington Post, “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has for days called for the immediate removal of federal troops.”

It’s hard to believe that we’ve come to this. We are definitely living in dangerous times. But, never fear, the Moms are here! Not only are they setting a great example of courage, the Moms are also showing us the importance of fighting against what is looking more and more like authoritarian rule.

Thank you, Moms.


Connecting the dots on climate change

People talk about connecting the dots all the time, especially when it comes to climate change. But, it seems to me we very seldom do it.

That’s why I am very excited to share this visual representation of how much our climate has warmed over the past almost 140 years. Whether literally or figuratively, now we can connect some of those the dots.




A Campaign Primer

An awareness campaign is an important way of getting your message heard, understood, and accepted.

If you wanted to learn the basics of running an effective awareness campaign, look no farther than this wonderful primer from NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit.

This organization has tons of resources that might help you with your cause, so be sure to spend some time checking them out.

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Drink Beer, Do Good

Now here’s a campaign I can really get behind!

An email with a caption like the title of this post arrived in my inbox today. How clever is that for getting people’s attention, not to mention for putting a smile on people’s faces, too?

Just thought I’d share this with you as a PERFECT EXAMPLE of how a good email caption can make all the difference.

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(Full disclosure: The entire email caption read like this: “Drink Beer, Do Good – Support Groundwork all month long with Pour for More! Enter to win 2 FREE tickets to Harvest at the Commons!” However, the only part I saw on my screen was “Drink Beer, Do Good” and that is the text that got me to open it up.)

In case you are interested in learning more about how you can drink beer to do good, then check out the Pour for More campaign in support of Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization.



What’s your summertime temperature?

It’s been an extraordinarily long and hot summer here at The Idea Garden and it’s not over yet. Our 30C+ summer-holiday temperatures aren’t at all what we’re used to in the foothills of the Rockies, at least not for such an extended period.

According to Climate Central and the World Meteorological Association’s new interactive map, perhaps these high summer temperatures are what we will have to look forward to in future years.

Check out the situation where you live with this interactive map showing you the temperatures of major cities by 2100. Calgary, the closest city to where I live and work, is projected to have summertime temperatures similar to Los Angeles by then–unless we do something more about reducing our carbon emissions.Follow