“What’s so Funny ’bout Peace, Love and Understanding?”

(thanks to Elvis Costello for the title) This weekend, I wish everyone peace.  I want to remind myself (and anyone who reads this) that even if you don’t agree with someone, even if you don’t see eye to eye, even if your positions on a subject, or many subjects, are radically different, it doesn’t mean…

Signs of Spring and Seeking Solutions

It’s the second week of a much-needed Spring Break here in BC. I recently took myself off to a sort of retreat at one of my favourite places in the world, (I hesitate to tell you where it is as you’ll probably want to go there and they’re already overrun with tourists in the summers…

February: Families, Feng Shui and Feeling Fortunate

February: Families, Feng Shui and Feeling Fortunate How have almost 2 years gone by since my last blog post! I guess a few things have happened in the meantime… (understatement of the year!) Even though in many ways, it feels like the world is going crazy right now, if I look in a different direction,…

Teaching from Home

I can’t believe how much time has gone by since my last blog post! Just to catch up: I retired from full-time teaching and started out the year being a teacher-on-call, which I enjoyed immensely. The days go like this: go into the school, find out where the class is, read the classroom or music…

I’m a children’s author!! What next?

pdgind-insidepages-layout-jollygood-2 It’s a new year. And…so many changes have happened to me in the space of 6 months, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I retired from full time teaching, had a great first month of holidays, did lots of personal growth work, went to my family reunion, had a wonderful time (until I broke both…

Soon, soon, very soon!

This book will actually be held in my hands! (and hopefully yours) I’ve found the illustrator of my dreams, Anita Ho. Her work is constantly surpassing my dreams and expectations, in so many ways –  I feel VERY blessed to be working with her.  Check out her other, slightly less kid-oriented work here:     …

Miller Family Reunion!

Now I realize that not everyone has a family like mine. You might think that, looking at the picture, we managed to somehow get everyone in our amazing extended family (on my mother’s side) in one place at the same time, and possibly, that we borrowed a few strays along the way. (well there is…

The last week of school!

Ok, well, since the last entry was the winter solstice and today is officially summer solstice, I guess I’m just a wee bit behind. I’m super excited, and sad, all at the same time, that next week is my last week of full time teaching, ever! I’m officially retiring this year and am REALLY looking…

It’s the most wonderful time…

Solstice is approaching, the days are getting shorter and darker (and in many cases, drearier, with all the rain here). These days are always mixed for me: it’s exciting getting ready for winter concerts – so much fun music to learn and create choreography for, and watching the delightful expression on the faces of ‘my’…

Wait! What? Summer’s over? Already?!!!

I had so much fun this summer and got to spend a lot of time doing many of my favourite things: camping, playing music, playing games, hanging out with friends, old and new, swimming (in lakes and the ocean), hiking and just chilling in Nature in general. As a public school teacher, that down time…