Thank you for taking time to talk.

Thank you so much to all of you who wrote to me to talk about my last post.  It made me realize how much I’ve missed the blogging world of over a decade ago when we’d have real discussions in the comments sections and through private messaging. I’m endeavoring to breathe life back into my…

Change is the only constant.

It really is. Change sweeps us up and pushes us along.  It’s funny, after 45 I thought my identity was pretty much fully formed.  I’ve been a wife, I am a Mom, a Friend, and an Artist,  among many other things.  A big thing I’ve been over the past 10-ish years is an Education Assistant…

Graphic recording in Trail – some thoughts

I’ve been busy these last couple weeks with all kinds of things, but most notably, working with the Poverty Reduction Summit – Striving to Thriving in Trail. We had our first part of the Summit last week, and are looking forward to some real ‘feet on the ground’ action next week. I can only hope…

New Experiments – sharpening my saw

We had a 4 day weekend here recently – something that I don’t often allow myself to embrace fully. This huge luxury of free time! What would I do with it all? I rolled out a new 4′ X 6′ paper on the wall of my working space and started looking at the next 3…

Two more energizers

Further to last post, I thought I could include a couple more ways to get a group moving: Silvia‘s energizer was fun and got us moving. I don’t know what to call it and so name it: Silvia’s energizer The group stands. Starting with one arm, shake it vigorously while counting to 16. Switch to…

Two energizer activities from Stories We Tell

While we were in Bernay-en-Ponthieu we did a variety of different energizer-style activities at different times to perk us up or shift the energy of the room. It’s high time I put some here, wouldn’t you say? The first one was offered up by MeriƧ: ‘The sun shines on…’ This game is very similar to…

A little time with KCDS – Graphic Recording

I’m a very lucky person. I got to spend the morning yesterday working with Gary Ockenden and the Kootenay Career Development Society as part of their strategic planning processes.     This graphic recording thing is always an interesting gig, really. I get to meet so many different people, see many different ways that groups interact…

Other projects – words and games

Well, scheduled posting is a great thing. While it seems like I’ve been here all week creating new posts about our time in Bernay-en-Ponthieu, the reality of my life has involved a lot of cleaning my basement. The flood has now been diverted, thanks to a lot of help from a dear friend, and my…

Sound Story

A new experience for me in Bernay was creating stories that had no words or images in them. On day 4 of the workshop experience we listened to a traditional/historical story of the Bernay region, and without speaking, we took a piece of paper and each drew our favorite part of the story.  Still without…

Bernay Stories

This was one of my favorite writing activities while we were working together in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. We were released into the community in small groups to explore and collect ideas and inspiration for 3 different types of stories. Our group worked together to find sounds and sights for each other’s stories, and…