More Lessons to Come

I’m back to this location after working on a different site for the past year and a half. I hope you’ll continue to follow me here.

Today I posted at The Word Guild blog as I do once a month.  Today is about continuing to learn. If that’s what you do, it’s a good thing.


More Lessons to Come

As long as we live, we really ought to keep on learning. The other option to that is being stagnant or dying. Tough words, but they’re true. Think of seniors who take up university studies. They now have the time to devote to it and they want to keep learning. Or people who do crossword puzzles to keep their minds active.

I teach seniors at a community centre. Now that they have more time on their hands, and perhaps a little extra cash, they often strive to learn new things and keep their gray matter (brains) working. In my class they’ve learned about writing. Two of my students have written their life story and had them published. Other classes I’ve taught include learning about setting up a blog and writing posts, as well as storytelling. Bucket list or continuing to learn doesn’t matter, but what does is their willingness to keep on being a student, regardless of their age.

Recently I watched a video of seniors in a dance lesson on a Facebook post. In the article and accompanying video, the writer quoted a study out of McGill University in Canada in which researchers and participants discovered that “learning the steps necessary to tango actually improved brainpower and balance.” The participants were seniors who had “experienced a fall within the last year and were scared of falling again.” Otherwise the seniors were healthy. It showed that when we learn something new, the brain develops new pathways and the mind becomes more alert.

Read more here.





April 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Mats made from milk bags

I was in touch with a fellow writer, Grace, this evening and the subject of the Mats4Haiti came up. I didn’t know if the project was still going. Looks like it is.

She wrote on her Facebook post:

Not everyone is fortunate to have a soft, comfortable bed on which to sleep.
As a child, I have experienced the feeling of sleeping on a hard, cold, bare floor. It was horrid!
One of our local churches is collecting outer 3 or 4-litre plastic milk bags, to be used to create bed mats, for people in less developed regions of the world.
I have started to save my milk bags in support of this worthy cause.

If someone looking for a way to help, here’s a drop-off place:

All Saints Anglican Church
400 Northfield Dr West
Waterloo, ON N2L 0A6
PHONE: (519) 884-6600

October 27, 2017 at 1:39 am 2 comments

Blog continues…

My blog continues  over at Look for Storygal’s Blog. Come on over and see my posts in my new site. Here’s a few of my recent posts:



September 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment



This is no joke. We’re riding on over to the new blog location at this website.

You’ll still be able to look at old posts here, but the new ones will go up at the new site. See you there.



July 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm 1 comment

The garden produces


tomato blossoms

The plants are maturing and we’re beginning to reap the rewards. One day I went out and picked a cucumber. I sent a message to my daughter. E. will be happy to see cucumbers. “Can you bring the girls one day soon to see the garden?”

Several days later, they came, ready to see how it looked. Sure enough, there was another cucumber waiting to be picked. E loves cucumbers.

“You need to share that.”

And she agreed.



happy about the cucumber


Her sister, A., didn’t want to be in this picture. She wished for one of her own. Industriously, watering the strawberry plants, she got her wish.




giving the plants a drink


It was a good time of day to water, at early evening. We were having a hot dry spell with no rain so the plants were ready for a drink. We had to fill the small watering bucket again and again. Of course other plants got a drink too while the girls and their Mom were at our place.

The girls might have been surprised to see how the plants had grown. There were even the beginnings of tiny tomatoes. “I saw them, ” E. said. They both love the tiny tomatoes and will be happy to help pick, and eat, them when they’re big enough and ripe.




zucchinis starting to grow

We could have quite a lot of zucchinis growing, but no worries. Our family likes zucchini and my daughter, Laura, has one of those spiralizer machines that cuts the vegetable very thin.



mint in a pot




My parsley plant has seen better days. Here’s hoping I can find another plant to replace it, even this late in the summer. Our granddaughters, even the one with selective taste buds, like to pinch off a piece and eat it right there at the garden

This morning when I went out to take photos of the garden, I saw my neighbour in her yard. After a bit of conversation, I offered her a basil plant and so we got to talking about how to use it.






July 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm 5 comments

Write Canada 2016


Linda Hall, Indie publishing

Next week is Write Canada in Toronto. The committee has been working for months to get it organized and the registrar’s been busy too.

Instead of the intensive like last year, I’ll offering a two-part workshop on writing Creative Nonfiction and another on what you can do Before the Editor Steps In (not the one on your shoulder that taunts you about your writing, but the one who helps get your work ready for publication).

As far as I know registration is still open. Sign up for Professional Day, Saturday, or the whole conference, here.

Looking forward to it and hope you can join us.


Steve Bell performing at the 2015 Awards gala


Fern and Ruth share a table at one of the workshop sessions


NJ Lindquist, ready for gala

CN Intensive Class with CW and SBN

Members of the Creative Nonfiction Intensive group last year with my co-leader, Stephanie (left)


Sharing photos at gala, l. to r.: Donna Mann, me and Sara Davison



photos by C. Wilker and others at 2015 conference

June 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

The Garden as a Lesson in Growth

A few days ago I posted over at Canadian Writers Who Are Christian about lessons in gardening.

Read the first bit of it here:

I’m teaching my granddaughters who are 4 and 6 about gardening. It’s an ongoing lesson. They enjoy helping me plant and giving the plants a drink. I’m sure they’d be like me, as a child, if it was a large garden, dreading the long rows, but ours are much shorter than the large garden we had on the farm.

posing by the garden with her own tools

The garden teaches about growing. After sowing seeds, we look forward to seeing those first shoots poke above the ground. The children are gentle with the tender small plants that we set in the ground. They know that water helps the plants grow and so they love to get out the watering can and help it along.



Watering buckets can be heavy, but she’s strong


Read more here.

June 14, 2016 at 1:47 am Leave a comment

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