50 Shades of Green

50 Shades of Green

Reinventing Community Reconnecting Humanity

Catherine Elizabeth


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Ok, I admit it. I am trying to trick you with my choice of title. I want to get your attention. The parallel with the fifty shades of grey production is absolutely intended. Of course you only understand what the heck I’m talking about if you’ve read the books or seen the movies. Anyhow, if I tell you right away that there is not much suspense or sexual content in this book, you may put it back down and I don’t want that. So let’s see if I can manage to get you excited about what excites me. Sexual energy is energy after all, and energy put towards any goal tends to yield results. My dream may already be your dream, maybe not yet, but it’s about making our common world a little better, a little greener. Any shade is good, because let’s be honest, we don’t all have the same level of motivation or opportunities; but a little greener is always possible. And a little greener over time means we are going in the direction of living more sustainably on this planet, in better balance with the natural world.


Catherine Elizabeth:
Grew up in Montreal, with two older brothers. French as a mother tongue, although fairly fluent in English by first grade. Skiing is a family affair. One turn at a time led to many a trip to mountain tops across the world, culminating in a few years of Downhill and Super G racing on the Alpine World Cup circuit in the mid 90’s. This preceded a five-year engineering study, NCAA skiing, and work adventure in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on scholarship as a member of the UNM Ski Team. Never a typical athlete, nor a typical engineer, but as fate would have it, Norway becomes home in 2001. Old continent but new world, new life, new language. Work in the petroleum industry, marriage, three kids, a farm purchase, and then a divorce steered towards a five-year retreat back to native roots. Newly returned to the land of the Vikings for round number two of life living, of learning & hopefully enough love spreading…