A Vancouver Gift

It is the ultimate day of freedom in Vancouver.  A rainy Sunday morning.  Dark. Pouring rain.  And glorious.  The mantra to get up and enjoy the day is absent in my mind.  There is no hurry to get to work.  No pressure to accomplish a task.  No runners on the front street beaconing me to join them.  No glimpse of sunshine that IContinue reading “A Vancouver Gift”

Dandelion Dreams – The Sierra Nevadas of my Childhood

This morning I was woken up by a woodpecker. However, it was a very large Stellar Jay who got me out of bed just before 6 am. It sounded like a bear coming to see what had been on the barbeque or bold visitor coming up on to the front deck. Just a bird playingContinue reading “Dandelion Dreams – The Sierra Nevadas of my Childhood”

Sunday’s Child:  Olive Persists – Memoir

Olive was not family. She wasn’t a family friend. I’m not certain I could pick her out in a line up. I remember her as old with curly hair that was starting to grey. Likely she was younger than I am now. She would tell you that she had “lost her figure” like it wasContinue reading “Sunday’s Child:  Olive Persists – Memoir”

Writing Reflections #2- Writing Beyond Distraction

My very best time of day to write throughout my work life has been first thing in the morning.  I love to get up when no one else is up.  No distractions.  Me alone with my coffee, my journal, my computer, and my thoughts.  The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has been very helpful inContinue reading “Writing Reflections #2- Writing Beyond Distraction”

Why Blog?

Although I have not always thought of myself as a writer, I have always been one.  I have Holly Hobby diaries recording the events of my life – who I liked, where I had ridden my bike, what Nanny Keenan had cooked for Sunday dinner, what my older sister and cousin said, and who hadContinue reading “Why Blog?”

Exploring Educational Change with Educators in Vancouver, British Columbia

Educational change is an exciting topic with he promise of many pro-active, positive changes in educational systems around the world.  I am working with secondary teachers at Royal Bridge Education Group in Coquitlam today.  We will be engaging in learning about educational change and responding to the ideas using strategies and tools to engage learnersContinue reading “Exploring Educational Change with Educators in Vancouver, British Columbia”

The Thrill of Change

We hear a lot about the difficulty of change.  The stress of change.  The reluctance of people to change.  However I think change in under-rated.  There is an excitement and a promise of possibility that can also accompany change.  Quite frankly, I love it!   Change is learning.  Every time we venture out of theContinue reading “The Thrill of Change”

 Beyond Routine

I have never been a creature of habit.  When things get to be too predictable, I get an anxious feeling that life is passing me by.  Perhaps this is the reason that eduction has been such a good fit for me.  Change and new learning are always afoot!  Meeting new people, changing grade levels, attendingContinue reading ” Beyond Routine”

Moving Beyond Earth Day

  Earth Day has become an established part of the school calendar.  Every school district and most schools  focuses on taking care of the environment in one capacity or another. In some cases, the focus remains on garbage pickup and recycling.  In some cases,  it extends to gardening efforts, going outside for Physical Education andContinue reading “Moving Beyond Earth Day”

Pursuing the Organized Mind

I have been described as a fast processor, divergent thinker, creative, the Tasmanian Devil (cartoon version) on speed and masterful multi-tasker.  I have also been informed my desk is too messy, my purse too full and my overstuffed bags should not be carried back and forth from home to school.  This being the case, IContinue reading “Pursuing the Organized Mind”