Reflections on Writing 7 – The Research Phase

As a university student, I had the reputation for pulling all nighters.  The Super Big Gulp of Diet Coke from the local 7-11 and I had a close personal relationship.  This was particularly the case when writing papers for history and political science classes.  I would get lost in the research phase of the process.  One new piece ofContinue reading “Reflections on Writing 7 – The Research Phase”

Cold and Frosty Days for the Lightweights

Cold and frosty days that do not end.  We are a family who loves to spend time outdoors on adventures.  Biking the Kettle Valley in the Interior of British Columbia.  Skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, golfing, water skiing, walking, jogging, and swimming are all wrapped into our happiest family memories.   Skiing and snowboarding up Whistler is one of ourContinue reading “Cold and Frosty Days for the Lightweights”

Reflections on Writing 6:  The Hope in New Year’s Resolutions

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is one of my favourite books.  My daughter, at the ripe old age of 7, ascertained that I was a lover of the “fat, sad book” and her drawing of her family portrayed her stick mother sitting on a tall pile of books appropriately labelled, with tears spouting out of bothContinue reading “Reflections on Writing 6:  The Hope in New Year’s Resolutions”

Bridging Photography and Art

As with many people during Covid, my childhood friend @JStCPatrick has become not only a bird watcher, but a bird photographer. Bird watching has been a past time for centuries. It not only gets us out into nature, but it causes us to slow down and pay attention to the beauty of the nature surroundingContinue reading “Bridging Photography and Art”

The Mystique of Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice.  Images of Druids at Stonehenge flick through the mind.   Women dancing under the moon.  Is the Winter Solstice a pagan ritual?  A celebration of New Age tribes?  Is it just the longest night of the year?  Simply a happy return to longer days for farmers and domesticated animals?  Or is it a day of darkness steeped with mystical significance orContinue reading “The Mystique of Winter Solstice”

Teaching that “Feminist” is NOT a Bad Word – Inquire2Empower Consulting

Madonna recently accepted an award as Woman of the Year at the Billboard Awards .  I don’t express myself in the same blatantly sexualized way as Madonna, but I do understand her quest to represent all aspects of what it is to be female.  Madonna was part of my empowerment as a young woman.  In…Continue reading “Teaching that “Feminist” is NOT a Bad Word – Inquire2Empower Consulting”

Backpacking for Kids!

There are many social, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits for students to go play outside.  As research has been done around how the brain reacts to stress and ways to improve short- and long-term learning, the outdoor classroom has taken on renewed significance.  Curiosity is not taught.  It is allowed to flourish by encouraging questions and plans toContinue reading “Backpacking for Kids!”

Human Rights Day 2021

The Declaration of Human Right and Freedoms was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 and enshrined the rights and freedoms of all human beings. It was to be the gold standard of social justice that countries of the world would acknowledge, sign and function accordingingly. Subsequent human and civil rightsContinue reading “Human Rights Day 2021”

Nature Inspiring Art

Like many others, my cell phone is my constant companion on a walk, a hike, a ski trip, or a bike ride.  Like many others, I pause to snap a picture of all things amazing or novel en route.  And like many others, I share that post on Facebook or Instagram.   The best thing about this habitContinue reading “Nature Inspiring Art”

Reflections of a Writer 5: Owning My Story

As a writing teacher, I always told my students to write about what they know. Their experiences equal their stories. Yet, as a little girl with blonde ringlets, my story was not polite to talk about. My reality made people uncomfortable. However I realize this has been a construct manufactured by people wanting to createContinue reading “Reflections of a Writer 5: Owning My Story”