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

Shinrin Yoku & Gardens

Today I had the privilege of having lunch with Gardener, Lecturer, Presenter and Mentor, Paul Allison. I met him during our residency when he toured us around the gardens with such passion and love that made me want to literally eat what he said. 😀 Today, when he shared his presentations, and what he does, he suggested I look him … Read More

Let’s go on a journey through the eyes of beauty

Image credits here. Let me take you on a journey through the eyes of beauty. Today, while paddling the Finlayson Arm, I began reflecting on why I am doing what I am doing.  Why I choose to be connected with nature… Why I have a job in a Nature House… why I am taking my Masters in Environmental Education and … 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… I am exhilarated by … Read More

What other people think of me is none of my business! Gary Oldman

Right now I feel like there is SO much that I am learning! In my Masters, I am diving deeper, learning about curriculum development, learning styles, teamwork, and communication.  And the key item that relates directly to my work at the moment is this concept of… “It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’s how you say it… … Read More

Get out into Nature and Hoo 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 approach from Play Poi: Watch this video of Jamie in practice.     1. As a learner, I found PlayPoi’s teaching methods very inviting and effective.  I attained the results I was looking for, and appreciated that … 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

What is the core of a pedagogue?

I am seeking the answer to what Pedagogue means to teachers alike, and to educators like me.  Upon writing a gratitude letter to my new mentor Hilary Leighton    I was drawn back to the notes that I took while sitting in a conversation with her in July.  It was about my Thesis, and my direction of focus for my … Read More

A Sensé 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

Grounded Learning

What do you think of Grounded Learning? Here I squat at the top of one of the volcanos on the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand, and I am moved to share with the world my life experiences.  I plan on sharing more about how I learn, and what motivates me to want to not only engage in learning but share … Read More

More of how I learn, using www.keirsey.com

The www.keirsey.com learning assessment tool is so bang-on for me it’s rediculous! It says that I am an Idealist Champion, and here is what it says about me… found at this link: http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/personal_page.aspx Your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the Idealists (NF), as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists … 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

What can we do with our privilege?

I woke up this morning, with my head in my hands because I feel SO privileged here, and don’t know what I should do with my skills, knowledge, resources, contacts, money and time to change the world. Then Beverly Yoshida-deVries sent me this link and opened my eyes to what is possible.

Privileged Canadians, Courageous Zimbabweens

Last night, before I went to bed, I flipped through the National Geographic, May 2013. On page 72 is “Courage in Zimbabwe” and my heart fell… but then was turned to wonder. I wonder why all of the publicity goes to the black people of Zimbabwe. p. 79. “A corrupt and Bloody Reighn Robert Mugabe won election as Zimbabwe’s first … Read More

One CAN believe impossible things

“One can’t believe impossible things.”  “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.  “When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This is the second time today that Alice and Wonderland literature has crossed my eyeballs on the great search for … Read More

Branwen Daughter of Llyr – Mythical Story of the Celts

This morning, I was looking for insight from my Druid Animal Oracle Deck, and I picked Black Bird, upside down.  Black Bird is known as Druid Dhubh.  Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call. He calls to us from the gateway between two worlds, urging us to follow a spiritual path or to become more self-aware.  He calls to us in … 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: History Culture or Participatory Culture 1920’s amature radio … 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 communication theory.  It has been an interesting process to define what theory relates to my personal topic of interest.  My topic has … 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

I woke up this morning knowing exactly where I was

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