Grateful

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155863057136289&l=3f8004627fAnd so comes to an end another Thanksgiving…a time to rejoice and be gracious for the life you have been gifted.I am beyond grateful.Life is exactly what you make of it. How yo…

The Stories of our Lives

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rossyyume/7772794404/sizes/o/”The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” ~ Neil Gaiman…

The Stories of our Lives

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rossyyume/7772794404/sizes/o/”The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” ~ Neil Gaiman…

Like Hope Shining Through

Used with permission from artist © Nicki Ault, 2017

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~Desmond Tutu

There is beauty in this world that we almost can’t comprehend. Without a break from the monotony of the day to day, it would be easy to have it pass us by. It lives and breathes a life that can be compared to no other. It is, in its simplicity, found in the everyday, just waiting to be savoured & enjoyed.

As the sand of time continue to count down, I find myself thinking less about the here and now, and more about where I need to be … in the coming days, weeks, months. It can be overwhelming at times, thinking about the future rather than allowing myself to fully commit to present moment. Truth be told, it is actually a mind shift that many of us educators make as the summer sunshine begins to move just a little farther off on the horizon. The multitude of moments to recharge and reconnect with ourselves begin to slowly fade in anticipation of another school year.

It is the promise of this hope that plays a significant, make that, a critical role in our view and vantage point as teachers.  I know so many of us are excitedly planning and envisioning for the new school year. How else could any other profession begin to celebrate milestones that have yet to happen? As teachers we want not only the beginning, but also the middle, and end to seamlessly come together to create the just right conditions for our student’s success. 

My beautiful, inspiring friend Nicki Ault is the acclaimed artist who created the beautiful painting I have showcased in my post. I have been following her journey, almost since its inception, and I am happy to report our friendship spans almost 2 decades, as neighbours, new moms, and most of all, friends. She continues to inspire me with her passion, her drive, and also her gifts as well as talents as an artist. I follow her blog with zest & zeal as she showcases her newest works and upcoming exhibits.

This particular piece of artwork (which I am happily gazing upon right now from across the table) is, in its essence, a most incredible sense of JOY to be captured with paint and brush. From the majestic trees that allow the glorious sunset to filter through, their beautiful shadows mirror the beauty of the earth at their feet. The sunshine, as it begins to set, provides a canvas that bursts with colours and hues that captivate the sky. Texture and depth allow for glorious movement and the blue of the skyline is the promise of another day. 

And so I will allow my own hopefulness to shine through, as I reflect and plan for the coming year ahead.


For those as inspired as I am by Nicki’s works, please check out her Facebook page as well as take a peek at what is currently being displayed at the Darrell Bell Gallery here in Saskatoon.

Like Hope Shining Through

Used with permission from artist © Nicki Ault, 2017

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~Desmond Tutu

There is beauty in this world that we almost can’t comprehend. Without a break from the monotony of the day to day, it would be easy to have it pass us by. It lives and breathes a life that can be compared to no other. It is, in its simplicity, found in the everyday, just waiting to be savoured & enjoyed.

As the sand of time continue to count down, I find myself thinking less about the here and now, and more about where I need to be … in the coming days, weeks, months. It can be overwhelming at times, thinking about the future rather than allowing myself to fully commit to present moment. Truth be told, it is actually a mind shift that many of us educators make as the summer sunshine begins to move just a little farther off on the horizon. The multitude of moments to recharge and reconnect with ourselves begin to slowly fade in anticipation of another school year.

It is the promise of this hope that plays a significant, make that, a critical role in our view and vantage point as teachers.  I know so many of us are excitedly planning and envisioning for the new school year. How else could any other profession begin to celebrate milestones that have yet to happen? As teachers we want not only the beginning, but also the middle, and end to seamlessly come together to create the just right conditions for our student’s success. 

My beautiful, inspiring friend Nicki Ault is the acclaimed artist who created the beautiful painting I have showcased in my post. I have been following her journey, almost since its inception, and I am happy to report our friendship spans almost 2 decades, as neighbours, new moms, and most of all, friends. She continues to inspire me with her passion, her drive, and also her gifts as well as talents as an artist. I follow her blog with zest & zeal as she showcases her newest works and upcoming exhibits.

This particular piece of artwork (which I am happily gazing upon right now from across the table) is, in its essence, a most incredible sense of JOY to be captured with paint and brush. From the majestic trees that allow the glorious sunset to filter through, their beautiful shadows mirror the beauty of the earth at their feet. The sunshine, as it begins to set, provides a canvas that bursts with colours and hues that captivate the sky. Texture and depth allow for glorious movement and the blue of the skyline is the promise of another day. 

And so I will allow my own hopefulness to shine through, as I reflect and plan for the coming year ahead.


For those as inspired as I am by Nicki’s works, please check out her Facebook page as well as take a peek at what is currently being displayed at the Darrell Bell Gallery here in Saskatoon.

Going the Distance

https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanlavine/5714484922/sizes/lThere are times when I find myself wondering how I will ever find the time to get it all done. I actually have this unique ability to fluctuate between being an amazing multi-tasker and th…

Going the Distance

https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanlavine/5714484922/sizes/lThere are times when I find myself wondering how I will ever find the time to get it all done. I actually have this unique ability to fluctuate between being an amazing multi-tasker and th…

A Tribe of Readers

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Reading has always been a passion of mine.

To be lost in a good book, was and always will be, the gift of a lifetime. 
Reading has always been that skill set that provides each 1 of us the ability and desire to invest in who we are. It is the opportunity to find adventure, to imagine, to find yourself in another place and time. To educate, investigate and search deeply for answers to questions long since asked. To be lost in the pages of a good yarn, is to find balance & harmony in the world that surrounds us.

And yet? We seem to have lost the very essence of reading. We focus on cadence, fluency, on the amount of words read per minute and beating our previous score. Our young learners have begun to pigeon hole themselves and their abilities early on. They know where they sit and how they compare not only to their classmates, but on a much larger scale, 1 that is meant to ensure accurate data collection. But I want the learners that I come into contact with to remember why we read… in truth? It is to learn.

There is something truly remarkable when you find yourself in the midst of a group of students– children who live, eat, and breathe reading. The excitement that you see as their eyes light up, having found the next 150 pages that they mean to conquer. The sheer passion they exude, as they can’t seem to wait long enough to sign out their new treasures, eyeing the learning space for a quiet corner to settle in & begin. 

But the reality is that, for every voracious reader in any class, there are also individuals who struggle to find any book to read each and every week. They avoid engaging with you in the hopes that you won’t notice what really is at the root… they can’t read what they think they should be. 

That is perhaps why my heart has been consistently leading me to make the library my learning space. Beginning more than a decade ago really, the notion that perhaps I would be best suited to lead and invite a love of reading in a place & space I have pinned for my entire life. I want to ensure our learners investigate and progress at their own predetermined rate. To know that with time, they can nurture their skills and abilities and work towards developing a critical mindset as life long readers. 

For me, a love of reading is synonymous with creating the just right conditions to cultivate a tribe of readers that this world still so desperately needs.