Medium Short: Power Less On

Sharing the power to have (no) power

B. Lorraine Smith
4 min readApr 7, 2023
Night two of the power outage, reading by candlelight. This reading and lighting underscore thoughts about power. (Photo by me with the dregs of remaining power in my phone last night).

Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I am reading, writing, and doing along the unmarked trail towards #IndustrialHealing. This is a personal update — my (debatably) more professional writing is freely available through this link.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program due to the power outage triggered by Wednesday’s ice storm. This interruption deepens my awareness of what privilege means, including an addiction to power in numerous forms. Among other restless wants, there is a want of constant comfort, for things like…

Lighting at night. Internet at home. Making my own coffee. A hot shower after a run. Running for fun.

Outage map provided by Hydro Quebec (the provincial electricity provider) 48 hours after the ice storm caused trees and wires to come down. The numbers represent pieces of electrical infrastructure that await repair.

I am currently using the internet and electrical power at local café. It’s the usual café hubbub with a heightened sense of interest in proximity to electrical outlets.

Okay back to the program.

Reading: candlelight and beyond

That banner image is not a decorative gesture, it is my actual bedtime lighting set up at present. I…



B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact.