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”

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 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”

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”

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”

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”