Offering Kindness is a Mood Fixer

Today I was grumpy. I hate to say that there was no real reason---but there was no real reason. A colleague popped to say hello and we started commiserating, chatting about the general stress of life these days. Just bantering back and forth. "I need a mental health day!" I proclaimed "but it's so hard... Continue Reading →

A Creative Dose

I had a visitor during my morning class, another teacher---she teaches social studies. She sat near my desk studying the room. Quiet indie music played from the speaker in the corner while the students leaned over their large beautiful pastel portraits, working and blending colors, completely focused. "Look at them." She said with a smile.... Continue Reading →

Culinary Therapy

If you love cooking you have already made the connection in the title CULINARY and THERAPY. But, if you don't like cooking, I hope by the end of this you might consider gastronomy a potential option for stress relief. What is stress about? Think about those days when you are struggling. Something negative happens. A... Continue Reading →

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women's Day to all the lovely women in my life, young and old who, every day, do their best to do good. The theme this year is Choose to Challenge. I love that. Let's challenge the status quo, internationally and locally. Because we have to. Because as a women of privilege it's up... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know the Author

My students were cutting up old magazines for an art project. I was day dreaming about the other job in the lull of the quiet work. I found a loose page in a magazine where James Corden answered the following questions. Made me think about my answers. And, well, here they are: Best Pinch Me... Continue Reading →

Taking Steps to Happiness

Sometimes the day to day grind is a royal pain in my ass and frustration follows me around like a cliché that I can't think of right now. And, mostly all the things that make me want to scream are out of my control. The only thing I can control is myself. This also reads... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with a YA Reader

I recently got a notification on Pinterest that someone wanted to send me a message. I didn't make any connections to the name so out of curiosity I accepted. It turns out it was my cousin's daughter in Greece. She's in Grade 10. Below is the conversation we had about the Shepherd and Wolfe series... Continue Reading →

The Modern Magazine Stand

My magazine Let me begin by telling you that I don't feel strongly about Facebook. There are things I like about it and things I don't. I imagine my Facebook is like Angie's Magazine. It sits there and I put pictures in it, articles, the weather, stuff I did, I repost ideas and happenings I... Continue Reading →

Good bye January

Here I am---first day of February. I made it. One month behind me. One month into a new year. One hopeful month in and as I look back (briefly, because I'm not heading that way) it feels like it was a fine month---and this one-day-at-a-time is how I will eventually put another whole year behind... Continue Reading →

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