Darning Yarn

Recently, I have seen examples of darning where people used clashing colours and, rather than just neatly sewing up the offending hole, they created large areas of stitching. It didn’t appeal to me. Maybe because I grew up with mended hand-me downs, but I thought it was ugly. Surely if you’re going to do obvious … More Darning Yarn

Sailor…the pen!

In these first two months of retirement, I took the advice of another retired teacher and have done nothing. Well, ok, I have not committed myself to a schedule. Instead I have napped, read novels, knitted, watched tv or movies and cooked a bit. Awesomely lazy. In the novel Albatross (Terry Fallis) the subject of … More Sailor…the pen!

Ready to Retire

June 2019 is the deadline. Retirement from teaching but not from life. I am amazed at how many people ask if I will really retire, as if teaching is such an attractive career that I could never leave it. I love the children, watching them explore and learn, realize they can accomplish all manner of … More Ready to Retire


Since they walked out onto the Canadian stage, Kashtin has been a part of my life’s soundtrack. The Quebec duo sings in Innu, French and English and I find myself singing along, even in Innu although I have to do that phonetically. I chose Kashtin to play in the car as I drove home to … More Kashtin


What is it that drives people into leadership positions? Some do it because they are driven to become leaders. They have the natural abilities and are willing to get the qualifications to rise to the next level of their organizations. Others are driven by the income higher positions tend to give. They may not have … More Leadership

No Saints here

I teach special needs students that range in age, diagnosis, level of communication, functional life skills, etc. I love it. The educational assistants in my class are my co-workers. I value their input and see their participation as equal to my own. I plan the alternative curriculum, they help implement it through their own gifts … More No Saints here