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Foggy field in rural France

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 Read More

Marker drawing of a compass in which a scratch pen points north, a brush points east, a marker points south and a pencil points west.

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Chart with title only on it - looking to 2020

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 Read More

drawing of startled-looking eggs in pot as cold water is poured over them

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 Read More

Ducks at pond in rural France

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 Read More

Snowdrops blooming in rural France

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 Read More

Barn in Rural France.

Scavenger Hunt Story

We did this workshop in the afternoon of the first day in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. It was on the schedule as ‘team building’ – it was, and so much more. The charm of this was being in a country that was not my own, in a sweet and bucolic small town steeped in Read More

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