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One of the most powerful photographic images of our time shows the gauzy ball of planet Earth hovering weightless in the velvet dark of space.
That is all we have. This one planet is our Eden, our space capsule, and if we fail to maintain it, it will be our species’ coffin. iPods and 3-D television do not exempt our big-brained, thumb-wielding race of primates from the laws of biology.
On this planet, water is necessary to everything that matters. In many faiths, water is a sacred essence. In the empirical eye of science, it is the elemental prerequisite of life. Without water, there are no crops. Without water, not one of our modern miracles of technology could be manufactured. Essence of the Creator’s spirit, essential molecule of organic chemistry, water is no less the essential solvent, lubricant, and medium of transport for the modern industrial economy. What we do with water affects what it can do for us and for the rest of creation later.
Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America, by Chris Wood (ISBN: 978-1551928142)
Between global warming and ever-increasing consumption, the world is fast running out of water. And while water’s scarcity will challenge the success of North America’s fastest-growing regions, other areas of the continent will experience dramatic flooding. Dry Spring looks at how the coming water crisis will devastate communities unless urgent action is taken. In many areas, the damage has already begun. Author Chris Wood relates compelling stories of people all over the continent coping with new conditions: Okanagan orchardists facing an uncertain future; a Mexican fisherman on the now-dry Colorado River Delta, which has been reduced to desert because of upstream usage by the American West; a Las Vegas water cop who monitors excessive lawn watering; a New Brunswick couple fleeing their coastal house because of the encroaching ocean; and more. Wood also shows how practical solutions like xeriscaping, water “recycling,” and run-off containment can preserve water for future generations.
Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World, by Peter S. Grant and Chris Wood, contributed to the eventual adoption of an international convention on cultural diversity, was short-listed in 2005 for the Donner Prize for best books on public policy, and remains a graduate-level reference textbook on Canadian culture.
It’s available from Amazon.com in print or on Kindle. (ISBN: 978-1553650096)
The Sirius Mysteries* by Beverley Wood and Chris Wood include:
DogStar: Juneau, Alaska, 1933. This is where 13-year-old Jeff Beacon gets stranded when his parents take him on a cruise to help him get over the death of his beloved dog, Buddy. The problem: Jeff is a millennium kid, with a laptop computer and hightop sneakers. Why has he been transported to the Alaskan frontier? And how can he find his way home? Jeff must answer these questions quickly – and his only help is the town’s bull terrier, Patsy Ann.
Jack’s Knife: Fifteen-year-old Jackson has big dreams fueled by long talks with his elderly next-door neighbor, Al McMann. At 91, McMann has many stories about policing the northwest as a young man. But their friendship worries Jackson’s single mom, who finds it “unhealthy.” When she insists that Jack break off the friendship and sign up for community baseball instead, he is hurt and angry. When a stray dog turns up, his mother demands they call animal control, and Jack ends up dodging the dogcatcher with his new friend. Ducking through a fence, he stumbles into an unfamiliar place — Juneau, Alaska in the mid-1930s, where he’s soon involved with a fledgling law-enforcement team that just might need his help.
The Golden Boy: Struggling with the changes in his family and unhappy about a looming vacation, Tomi is an angry, awkward 13-year-old boy — a boy who suddenly finds himself in Juneau, Alaska, in 1939, befriended by Patsy Ann, the city’s mysterious dog! The world is on the brink of war, and Tomi’s Japanese name and features draw the attention of Avery Nichols, an ambitious FBI agent. Tomi’s mechanical skills and an encounter with a priceless but broken golden puppet may jump start his journey home — if, that is, he can elude Agent Nichols for long enough.
* The publishing rights to The Sirius Mysteries books have reverted to White Dog Creative, since the original publisher ceased operations and allowed the book to go out of print. We’ll likely be doing a kindle edition but I wanted to note that the script for DogStar (which we also wrote) is under option for a fourth time. It would make a great pilot for TV. The books were each nominated for numerous awards, and DogStar was one of the top three choices for the Dog Fiction Writers of America Annual Award – no small feat for a book published in (and written by writers from) Canada. We wish the team luck with it
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