Perspective is Everything

  March 30,2022 – Porto, Portugal 🇵🇹 Our suite during our Porto stay is up 66 steps – at the top of the building. The sunroom faces several other buildings that create an enclosed area. In that area – a pigeon nesting area. Cooing and thoughts of my Grandpa Derksen abound. This is a cityContinue reading “Perspective is Everything”

Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir

I didn’t really understand to the notion of “place” in our lives until I immersed myself in teachings from our First Nations people.  I think that’s what all good teachers do.  Set out to learn what they don’t know.  They immerse themselves in the things they are required to teach.  If the curriculum requires you to teach something, andContinue reading “Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir”

WAV Wednesday – A Vancouver Conundrum

Look around and there are many signs that spring has in fact sprung. The sun is pushing away the gray days. Daffodils are peaking up in the grass by the seawall. Bouquets of crocuses are scattered in the gardens. Trees of pussy willows are showing their faces. New leaves and buds can be spotted everyContinue reading “WAV Wednesday – A Vancouver Conundrum”

Sunday’s Child Reflects – Ode to Joy – Memoir

My little brother was a good sleeper. His nap time was one of my favourite times I experienced with my father when I made the trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles to see him for summer holidays. When my little brother would go down for his nap, my father would blast his tunes on hisContinue reading “Sunday’s Child Reflects – Ode to Joy – Memoir”

Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors

A conversation with a Vancouverite will lead you to one conclusion about Vancouver, British Columbia.   It is either the most brilliant place in the world to live or a drab haven of rain to be tolerated or simply abandoned.  Just before any of my travel adventures when I was young, my maternal grandmother who was born andContinue reading “Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors”

Garden Librarians in Our Midst – Education

It was a breath of very fresh and very cool air on my visit to Homma Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia.  I was welcomed to the School Garden and teaching space by the garden librarians, Megan Zeni and Sarah Regan, and two Grade 3 / 4 classes of students.   All of the kindergarten to Grade 7 students at HommaContinue reading “Garden Librarians in Our Midst – Education”

From Your President: BCLCILA

Happy 2022 from The British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association – January 28, 2022 I hope very much that you are well.  Unfortunately we are not yet able to say Good Riddance to COVID.  Linda Klassen, leading the charge in membership, recently attended an online meeting with close to 40 Chapter leaders from the United States,Continue reading “From Your President: BCLCILA”

Say My Name

The Twittersphere is rife with opinions about the Holocaust and Indian Residential Schools, largely with little reference to fact. I was recently reading the post of my Facebook friend, Kit Krieger. He has made a list of the names of his family members that did not survive the Holocaust. To state that 25 members ofContinue reading “Say My Name”

2022 Tidal WAV at Stanley Park

In 1886 the Vancouver City Council leased the park for $1.00 a year from the province to protect it for public use.  Lord Stanley, a Conservative Party politician then Governor General, opened the park officially in September of 1888.  We are please to announce that Stanley Park  is the amazing venue for the 2022 Tidal WAV Event onContinue reading “2022 Tidal WAV at Stanley Park”

Reflections of Writing 8 – Shakespeare’s 1st Folio in Vancouver

“Now is the winter of our discontent.” Richard III Shakespeare’s words ring just as clear in this time of COVID, floods, and climate change as they did 400 years ago.  The crisis changes.  The characters change.in appearance but not in character. The plot and the theme remain surprisingly the same.  The beauty and authenticity of the written word isContinue reading “Reflections of Writing 8 – Shakespeare’s 1st Folio in Vancouver”