Breast cancer has certainly affected lives in my family and in my friends, so I am very happy to share this video. Yup, it made me all sniffy & blubbery. Beautiful.
As we all welcome in 2014, I have put together a gift for you. It is calendar page for January that you can save and print. It is from my Cooking With Sin project and I will be releasing a page each month that features the calendar for that month along with a special recipe from my CWS project.
Please share and enjoy!
If you include it in a document, please use the entire jpg so Cooking With Sin and Chef D get the credit. Thank you.
The calendar page is also available on my CWS site here.
Here’s to stirring up a little more “sin” this year!
Happy Happy New Year Everyone!
The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) recently polled teachers on their favourite movies and published the results in our lastest edition of Professionally Speaking, the magazine published for teachers by the OCT. While I wasn’t in the poll, I do like the results.
The Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region have done a brilliant job of explaining the how children are affected by women abuse. It shakes the fundamental structures of their emotional and physical well-being.
If you are being abused, there is hope.
In Cambridge, please call 519-653-2422
In Kitchener/Waterloo, please call 519-742-5894
More information and the original copy of this image go here.
The fall edition of Infinity Magazine has just been released and I am especially pleased with my article this month. I love driving, I love travel and I love my daughter, so the two of us went on a 7000 km road trip this summer through the prairies and had the time of our lives. Writing about it was easy as memories were vivid and precious. Plus, I have been named the Contributor of the Month for the magazine, so “Thank you” to Infinity Magazine for that honour.
Click the Infinity image for the article
Into the great wide open Under the skies of blue Out in the great wide open A rebel without a clue. ~ Tom Petty
On Sunday, September 8th, we will be hosting the annual Best Bites, Taste of the Region fundraiser for Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Rotary Club of Preston-Hespeler. It is a truly wonderful event that I am profoundly proud to be part of. Chefs, caterers and restaurants from across the region share bites of their favourite dishes while wineries, breweries and distillers share sips of their favourite libations. It is unlimited bites and sips for everyone who attends. For $125.00 it’s a great deal. What’s not to love!
This year the hospital funds will go toward the mental health unit. If you know me well, you know that mental illness has had a huge impact on my family. Plus a close family friend just spent the year on an exchange in Thailand funded by the Rotary club. She set aside graduating from high school to experience life in a very different culture and returns a truly enriched person. All of this makes this fundraiser ever nearer and dearer to my heart.
Check out the video from last year’s event and if you live in the area, go on the site and buy your ticket. Also, please tell other people in your circle about it too. You will truly enjoy being part of this special afternoon. Thank you!
In my first year of teaching, I attended a workshop given by professors who had just finished a huge education research project. They had been looking for a connection between school grades and success in the larger world. What they found, many of us already know. There is no connection between achievement in school and achievement outside school. Yes, for some people there is a strong connection – professors, teachers, lawyers, and a few others – but for the majority of us, there is no connection.
We all know people who barely made it through school, struggled to get good grades, were told repeatedly they were lazy or unmotivated, and yet found themselves truly excelling outside of school. They found a really great job or made a fortune with own business. We also know people who were the top of their class in school, were adored by their teachers, told they could do anything they wanted to do, but struggled to make smart decisions outside school.
So the next time the press publishes the data for the schools in your community and the next time a group like the Fraser Institute put all those results on a grading scale, please think critically about it and remember this. Students are so much more than their grades. They are more than their report cards. They have possibility beyond all of it. All students love education, but only a fraction of them love school. All those numbers and rating scales and the buzz that surrounds it doesn’t mean all that much.
This young poet-artist says it so well.
As many know, my day job is teaching Music to middle schoolers, Grades 7 & 8. It’s an awesome age. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This morning there was a surprise change of events. I woke up to hear that the schools were all closed because of an impending ice storm. Yes, that’s right. An ice storm in April. Wonders never cease to amaze.
So, with my newly acquired day I decided to work on our taxes. It’s a mundane job we all have to do and ours is just a bit more complicated than most as my husband and I have a few investment properties along with my book adventures that require extra paperwork this time of year.
As I worked my way through the files, it struck me that today would be a good day to get more familiar with the song for Music Monday this year. If you are Canadian, you may know about the organization Music Makes Us. Each year they feature a brand new song that people across the country are invited to learn and sing all at the same time. It is a special and powerful event that connects us across this vast and diverse land.
This year’s theme is “Fill the Skies with Music” and the tune was co-written by two great Canadians: Commander Chris Hadfield, our beloved – and multi-talented – Canadian astronaut working on the International Space Station and Ed Robertson, lead singer of the Bare Naked Ladies. How cool is that! The song is called “Is Somebody Singing” and it shares the initials I.S.S., with the International Space Station.
Back in February a video was released of the two of them performing the song together with a youth choir. Today I spent the afternoon today listening to and watching it over and over… and over again in preparation for Music Monday coming up on May 6th. This year’s Music Monday is going to be especially exciting as Chris Hadfield will be singing with us by a live feed from the International Space Station at 1 pm Eastern Standard Time, the time we are all scheduled to be performing across the country.