Planning with the Family Support Institute #graphicfacilitation

In June I had the great gift of an invitation to spend the day with the B.C. Family Support Institute Resource parents as they debriefed about training, the gifts they bring and share, and planned for their future.   Resource parents for the Family Support Institute are all over the province, and volunteer to help other families of children with disabilities wend their way through systems that can be complicated and arcane.   What an amazing group of people. The day was facilitated by David Wetherow, one of B.C.’s most venerated facilitators.   I’ve always wanted to see David work, but to … Continue reading Planning with the Family Support Institute #graphicfacilitation

Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

I’ve been spending a great deal of time questioning the idea of teaching and traditional education lately (though this is really the theme of most of my working life), and part of what’s been interesting for me in this is approaching a couple of events in which I’ll prepare curricula with teaching partners and then spend a few days presenting, teaching, learning.   I’m also at the end of completing a graduate degree in adult education and equity studies and, as they should be, a number of things are falling into place – perhaps as questions and ideas about processes rather … Continue reading Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

the moments before you enter the room… talking about disability and ableism at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

In an acting class that Zev took last year, the kids studied their lines and then when they expected to perform them, the teacher asked them “so what was your character doing before they were about to say these lines?”   The kids were fascinated with this idea of exploring character and what might have happened… How we became public presenters is another story – 103 presentations over 4 years ago – but this was a really special day because we were invited in to a “new” audience.   We spend so much time in our work thinking about ways … Continue reading the moments before you enter the room… talking about disability and ableism at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

what did you *ship* last year?

I liked this blog posting by Seth Godin, who I think is a total genius in so many ways – not least in that he fearlessly tosses out a million ideas and the few hundred that catch on are so worth it.   there’s a big time lesson in that.   So I sent this out to some friends, one of whom has replied – she’s done so much in the last year and yet she limited herself to seven things, which I also think is so brilliant.    I need to do that – have been thinking that I … Continue reading what did you *ship* last year?

nearly done…

the holidays are nearly done…   the year is nearly done…  i am nearly done the ninth book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer series; by tomorrow I may know the fate of the fool, who has been healed and left on the island with the black man, who was a white prophet.    this series blows me away, and it’s also making me a bit sad.   partly because it’s nearly done, and i’ve read all her other works as Robin Hobb (but need to now look for Meghan Lindholm’s books – her other pseudonym) and partly because it’s so incredible … Continue reading nearly done…

Martha Stewart Cornmeal Biscotti with Pistachios and Cranberries

so here’s part of our family mythology.    When we went for the first time to meet Zev at his foster-mom’s house (Grandma Carolyn, who has become a great friend…   a whole other story) I thought we should take cookies.   I had this new martha stewart book and made these.   The kids (there were five of them then) were so excited about home-made cookies and then ended up gnawing on these brick-like little biscuits…   it was pretty funny.   I’ll see if i can find the photo of zev watching Gary eat his and trying to … Continue reading Martha Stewart Cornmeal Biscotti with Pistachios and Cranberries

Shelter / Elf

just watched this movie, Shelter, and really liked it – sweet, gentle, real movie – indie i think.   IMDB is funny: “When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend’s brother.”  um…   he realizes he’s gay, falls in love, adopts his nephew, gets a scholarship to art school and they all go off to live happily ever after in Los Angeles leaving behind his needy family.    anyway, it’s a beautiful movie. and we started off the evening by watching Elf – our family tradition…   Zev … Continue reading Shelter / Elf