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”

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”

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”

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”

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!”