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Haikus on Education

Assessments, reports Pointlessness fuels despair Impossible job Moments of wonder Thoughts and feelings taking flight Magical learning...

Say What?

Do you ever think about words? I mean, we all use them everyday, we throw them haphazardly around trying to fill empty spaces. We use and...

What Matters Most

About three weeks ago I asked my students (grade 3/4) what was happening on October 21, 2019 and they stared at me blankly. Some of them...

Questions and Answers

Another week, another memory. I started my blog for the week talking about the upcoming federal election, environmentalism and the ever...

The Life of a Moment

Sometimes memories are like little lifeboats that can give you just enough leverage to keep you afloat during a difficult time. I know...

A Better Place

Alone and lonely might sound like synonyms, but for me, they are often worlds apart. I have been in the midst of a party and felt...

Not Much of a Blog

I use to think that no matter what, the characters that lived in my head were permanent residents. I mean, I never questioned where...

Test Results

Today, when I got up, there were two things I was looking forward to. Having lunch with two of my friends from my old school (who I’ve...

Being a Winner

It’s been about thirty-five years since I watched the Olympics for the first time. It was awe inspiring. I remember marveling at the...

The Creative Shift

Today, I’m sitting in the middle of Beaudry Provincial Park, trying to finish revising my book before school starts (in about 16 hours)....

Habits and Help

Habits are easy to fall into, but are hard to intentionally make. When I started the Grateful Smile Project, I was hoping to make feeling...

Learning to Grow

I’ve made it through another week of trying to smile and be grateful. Some days I’ve done a better job of it than others. I don’t know if...

Too Many Choices

My blogs have been easier to start the last couple of weeks and I realize it’s because I have given myself less choice. I am writing...

The Semantics of a Smile

Have you ever smiled for a whole week? No, me neither, but I have been trying. This is officially the end of week 1 of the Grateful Smile...

The Grateful Smile Project

Do you ever sit down face-to-face with yourself and wonder who you’ve become? I was recently granted a few moments of reflection in a...

The Why Behind the Blog

Why do I write a blog? Strangely, I had never asked myself that question until today. Each week, I agonize over the words that I should...

What's the Problem?

I’m having a panic attack because I have committed myself to doing too many things and now there is no room to breathe. No room to relax...

How White is Your Bookshelf?

I have loved Dr. Seuss books for a long time. I thought they were clever, colourful and a voice for environmental and social justice. Now...

Moving and Moving On

Just to set the record straight, I’d rather be writing about the psychology of my cats, the life cycle of a canker worm or why boys...