Compassion for Schizophrenia

Today I was reading my class readings in my Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, for EECO 504 Course, Systems with Pille Bunnell. Her website is http://www.sympoetic.net/Cognition/coordination.html and this week the topic is Cognition as Coordination  Closed Nervous system  Relational domains Emotioning Boy are these ever striking a painful cord in my heart.  Cognition.  Nervous Systems.  Relation/Relating.  Emotions.  And then … Read More

Why can’t we call it Magic?

Why can’t we call it Magic?  Why does it have to be scientifically proven, or based on a belief structure.  Why can’t the magic of nature be just that? Why am I on this journey of a Masters to prove the magic of nature, and how it alters lives?  With over 13 years of experience in the field, I have … Read More

The physics of the quest… Eat Pray Love

I have watched Eat Pray Love over and over and over and OVER again.  I am obviously trying to get something.  I am on a quest to find what I am looking for, and I don’t know what I am looking for.  It is funny… I feel pretty balanced in my world for me with me as me. “The Physics … Read More

Empathy shows itself to me yet again… maybe I should listen.

I woke up this morning reflecting on a pickle that I experienced at work.  And it wasn’t the pickle that hit home so much, or the fact that I felt incompetent and embarrassed.  What it all came down to was, how I dealt with this pickle, and the honest feedback and reflection that I received that smacked me in the … Read More

Today I paddle the Finlayson Arm

Today I am going to paddle the Finlayson Arm. I have been craving this for weeks, since I moved to this little cabin on the mountain, and I keep looking out at the arm, wondering what is around the bend… “Just around the river bend, I look once more just around the riverbend, beyond the shore… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z3WECm0lkU&w=420&h=315] I am exhilarated … Read More

Get out into Nature and what do I see?

Even I need to remember to get out into Nature.  A Nature Educator. This morning I woke and reflected on my days passed, of what I learned, what I saw and what I remember.  I came to realize that I was graced with the presence of a beautiful Barred Owl and in the stillness of his gaze, he spoke to me.  Yet my … Read More

Jamie Black is learning Advanced 2 Beat Weave from Play Poi

My online learning experience with Intermediate Poi.  After fending for myself for years with awkward online learning, I fell in love with this guy from Play Poi:   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ_dOugQ-Ck&w=560&h=315] Watch my video of me in-practice.   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiGiQRZtpDI&w=420&h=315]   1. As a learner, I found PlayPoi’s teaching methods very inviting and effective.  I attained the results I was looking for, and … Read More

Mommy is learning how to belay through Guided Discovery

Today my Mommy is learning how to belay through Guided Discovery. I am so proud of you Mommy!  For the past week, I have spent a few hours using a Guided Discovery teaching style to teach her how to belay.  Mom has got a new set of climbing gear and wants to come climbing with me, but before I can … Read More

A Sense once told me “You are Master of NOTHING!”

It is true, he did say “You are Master of Nothing”… and I believe he said this to me to inspire me to Master something.  At the time I was training in Kung-Fu.  My Sifu was training me privately to become a teacher for him, because I was good.  I was so good that he wanted me to continue the … Read More

Until I am as good as I want to be.

I am taking voice lessons to improve my voice, until I am as good as I want to be, to get my songs recorded… what are you learning right now? I’m watching a youtube video about how to learn anything in 20 hours. I’m skeptical, and yet VERY curious.  If you want to watch first on your own, check it … Read More

What kind of learning style do I have?

I am learning about what kind of learning style I have. In my Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University, I am taking EECO 508 “Learning Theory and Program Design”  taught by Professor Milt McClaren.  So far I have found Professor McClaren’s style and resources very intriguing.  I can tell that he is catering his … Read More

Surrendering to a dying deer

Yesterday, as I road my bike home, I peddled past a deer that had been hit by a car and was immobile, and yet still alive on the side of the road.  I at first saw it’s doey eyes staring up at me, and thought nothing of it as I peddled, but then soon realized that it was injured, I … Read More

Campaigning AND Social Media AND Disconnection

What an interesting experiment this whole Social Media Campaigning is.  Our asignment is to use TransMedia and Plenitude in a way to inspire some sort of campaign to engage.  Now I have been doing social media, studying social media, learning by doing, and am starting to see a pattern. Likes are just likes, once they like it they may never … Read More

Going down the rabbit hole of Experiential Education with John Dewey

As most of you know, my interest is in Experiential Education, Guided Discovery and Coyote Mentoring.  My topic of interest for my Environmental Communications course at Royal Roads is in bringing more Experiential Education into the school system. I feel humbled by knowing that John Dewey back in 1938, had it right in emphasizing “That we must understand how experience … Read More

Peter Parker picked a peck of pickled peppers… so who is Peter Parker?

Henry Jenkins uses “Peter Parker” as an example of aka Joe Blow, to demonstrate teen’s use of media and where we are at now.  There is a communication shift as more and more young people are becoming involved in society through their interaction with the internet.  Jenkins shares his views on TEDX: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFCLKa0XRlw&w=560&h=315] History Culture or Participatory Culture 1920’s amature … Read More

Do It Yourself’ers at “Trout Gulch” a Hobbit Movement

DIY means Do It Yourself. There are people labelled “DIYers” in an area called Trout Gulch who are in a Hobbit Movement… it makes me think of Erringtonians and the like-minded interest of being able to do it ourselves in a communal kinda way!  There are some interesting stories being told about people who milk their own goats, and live … Read More

“Scholarly Monologue gives way to Collegial Dialogue.” ~ Em Griffin

Today I study “What makes interpretive theory good?” I have a paper due in a couple of days, and I need to choose a topic to do a literary review on, and review it in the context of a communication theory.  It has been an interesting process to define what theory relates to my personal topic of interest.  My topic … Read More

It takes a village to convocate a MAEEC Student!

The MAEEC program has become my village, and the students have become my family.  The professors, my mentors much akin to me, and the laboratory of 260 hectares of marvelous beauty is willing me to do more, be more and educate more. Today was a wonderful day of exploration and appreciative inquiry as we stepped across the multitude of tide … Read More

July 12, 2013 Daily Journal Blog

Today was a beautfiul day…. and I was inspired by the Peacocks.  Cheryl inspired me to think about the symbolism of what it all means… it means; Renewal, and the gates of paradise were guarded by two peacocks. And I am definitely in paradise! And not only that, but I am surrounded by a blessed group of fabulous people who … Read More

Riding a Royal Road

I decided to ride my bike to university.  Yes to university… and no, I’m not riding from Qualicum all the way to Royal Roads University in Sooke every day.  But what I am doing right now is staying in a Motor Home at a friends house that is about 15 km away from Royal Roads up a little mountain (haha, funny, … Read More

July 11, 2013 Daily Journal Blog

I am finding that technology is running away from me as I ride my bike to school, and I spend more time outside.  I don’t blame it… My Earth Muffin tendencies can be intimidating.  But I ask of you Laptop, external hard drive, Go Pro, Sound recorder… please, make yourselves useful to me!  I am going to do great things … Read More

July 7, 2013 Daily Journal Blog

Today was an extra extra-ordinary day. My mommy and I spent the day together, and my favorite part was when she read a book to me.  Three chapters of “Silent Spring” by  and we bonded in the similar perceptions and notions that we agree with the state of the world.  Luckily mommy and I are doing something about it. The … Read More

2013-06-30 Daily Journal Entry I woke up this morning knowing exactly where I was!  I was in my new little research hub, the motorhome.  I love this home!  It is a fabulous vessel for cultivating that which is most true and real to me.  With my music lightly playing, and my sleep slowly fading from my eyes, I go outside … Read More

July 2, 2013 Daily Journal Blog

Wow, it is already day two, and I feel like the time is just flying by!  Last night I mixed and mingled in the Castle with the 1st and 2nd year Cohorts for the Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication.  What an inspiring place to study.  I can’t get over how I feel hear.  Is this a dream.  … Read More

July 1, 2013 Daily Journal Blog

What a glorious day!  The nerves of meeting new people was somewhat subsided the night before at the social gathering at the local pub, and yet, preparing for the introduction of myself with my newly painted tree created a curious anxiety in my body.  What would they think of me?  Do I dare fully be myself?  I decided to take … Read More

The first day of the rest of my life!

Today, my mother, aunt and I woke up at 6am to drive the Moho (a 30 foot motorhome) to my new found friend’s place near Goldstream Provincial Park in Langford.  We left by about 7am, and arrived at around 10am. On the drive up, I found myself getting emotional.  I felt overwhelmed at how my whole life has unfolded, and … Read More

My story is Little Mountain’s, my journey is to clean him up!

I came across a pile of garbage that was unnecessarily placed at the bottom of a majestic Little Mountain.  Darcy B’s homework from only a month earlier was laying next to me. It brought me to tears.  Then the Mountain spoke to me.  This is what he said: Darcy B. Darcy B.  why is your homework beneath the trees? Is … Read More

Daily Learning Journal June 26

June 26th, 2013 Well, I guess it isn’t exactly Daily yet.  I am still getting into the routine of not only plugging in, in the morning and at night, but also intentionally making time to do my homework and make sure that I am on track. I am reading “Ecological Identity” by Michell Thomashow for my EEC 500 class, and … Read More