Wild About Reading

Bill and the Fish was not a particularly inspired book.  Vocabulary was controlled.  The illustrations were mundane.  Yet, the year my younger brother took an interest in fishing, that book became part of our cabin life.  I can still hear my father’s voice. “Bill land the fish,” he’d roar in an attempt the make the book sound as interesting asContinue reading “Wild About Reading”

Sunday’s Child: The Power of a Neighbourhood Park

What defines a park?  Many years ago in Buffalo, New York, I had time to kill while waiting for a bus to take me to Youngstown, Ohio to visit my grandparents.  I got on a city bus and got off at a local “park” that had ‘lake” in the name.  It turned out to be a relatively smallContinue reading “Sunday’s Child: The Power of a Neighbourhood Park”

Venturing Outdoor with Kids

All the research points us outdoors for physical health, wellness, learning, and to pause and appreciate nature.  There are some ways to make it easier for adults to venture outdoors with kids in your own family, in classrooms and in day programs.  Some pre-teaching of expectation, routines , and information is involved, as well as lots ofContinue reading “Venturing Outdoor with Kids”

Why Learn Outdoors?  Education

“I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.” Hart Banack Recently I had the opportunity to visit two stellar outdoor learning programs.   Megan Zeni works with her teaching partner, Sarah Regan, providing outdoor learning for all students attending Homma Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia.  Both teachers are both passionateContinue reading “Why Learn Outdoors?  Education”

Sunday’s Child:  Searching for Meaning – Memoir

  The beauty of Facebook is that it brings together a diverse range of people who bring a variety of values and ways of being in the world.  I believe it is limiting to only surround ourselves with people who look like carbon copies of ourselves, have the same ideas and agree with everything we say.  ItContinue reading “Sunday’s Child:  Searching for Meaning – Memoir”

Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education

On Friday I had a planning meeting about the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Event in Stanley Park on June 3rd to celebrate learning and being outdoors. Lulu Wang, founder and CEO of iGeneration Education Group and Sparks Education, is on the Steering Committee for WAV. We hammered out some ideas and I packed up toContinue reading “Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education”

Reflections On Writing – Morning Writing Ritual

I am pleased to wake up to the rain in Porto today. For the last month I have been travelling with my husband. Costa Del Sol. Sevilla. Lisboa. The Algarve. Porto. We have bemoaned the rain on occasion. The plan was to travel in March, before the hoards of people flocked to Spain and PortugalContinue reading “Reflections On Writing – Morning Writing Ritual”

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”

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”