Wednesday, December 30, 2020


 -- Announcement -- 

We were thrilled to hear from Aaron ( of ) who set us up with a listing on Small Business BC's new program : "BC Marketplace". We've since signed up for an account so that we could edit our listing with images and links, etc.

If you have a business, you may want to check out this free resource. This program is supported both by the BC Government and the Government of Canada and is designed to drive traffic to small businesses within the province of BC. They utilize various marketing efforts to promote this site.

If you have time, please do check out our spot on their website at: 

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Reviving Ancient Tribal Music

Ancient Healing Music

*A wonderful article written by Caven Masuku (with liberal editing by Lillian Brummet) that shares how shaman used music as part of their ancient healing methods - how this is being revived and the joy of traditional African music.

"When I first listened to the mbira sound, I wanted to hear more and more. I could not stop it, I was sick until I learned to play, so I
could hear these sounds.", said Zimbabwe's Mbira Queen maestro, Stella Rambisai Chiweshe.

The above experience is not unique to Stella, (as she is known by her legions of fans), Those same feelings also inspired the only
Mbira music ensemble in Gweru, the Midlands Mbira Crew, to the traditional beat.

The group is a brainchild of three mbira enthusiasts, Trymore Marowa, Chigama Hope and James Chiguvare was formed in November last year and are about to release their first album soon.

The trio reveals that as they play and listen to the Mbira beat they
get "engrossed by the spiritual world", they get possessed with
ancestral powers "that can cast the evils of society away."

The group's manager Martin Mgwagwa explains that the artful way ancestors lived made them play mbira music, an art he says is "innate and does not need formal education.He added that the traditional beat is unique, compared to others as
Sungura as one plays using instruments that are not connected to
external wires.

"Mbira as part of art music is distinct from Sungura music that is
played out of wires connected to electricity for entertainment. Mbira music get into the bottom of his heart through feelings that can neither be touched or seen", said Mgwagwa. "We play mbira to express our feelings as well as that of my community using typical ancestry self made instruments that we want to conserve as culture to our children", he added.

Mgwagwa revealed that mbira music remind the people of Zimbabwe about their ancestor's way of life before the coming in of television and radios. He said that traditional living can be captured and conserved through playing mbira to the people of Gweru.

Mbira music is more salient to social and economic issues than in politics. As Midlands Mbira Crew we get invitations from all over the
country to perform, especially where there will be spirit mediums (mhondoro) or where there ceremonies to bless new buildings
or to cleanse away evil spirits. "We have seen many artists dying of HIV/Aids and if you are playing Mbira dzechivanhu it works on you as a carthesis that disciplines and cleanses away evil."

The trio revealed that as they play and listen to the Mbira beat they are "engrossed in the spiritual world", which make them get possessed with ancestral powers "that can cast the evils to the society members. "The traditional beat is unique, compared to others as Sungura as one plays using instruments that are not connected to external wires... We play mbira to express our feelings as well as that of my community using typical ancestry self made instruments that we want to conserve as culture to our children.", Mgwagwa explained. "There is a need to teach mbira music at both primary and secondary levels as a way of preserving our local culture" Mgwagwa and the band want to inspire all artists around the country not be shy about what they are doing, and to explore music that uses traditional instruments.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Read a book :)

It's A Great Time To Read A Book

Books are an awesome  gift!!

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

recommended resources

 Recommended Resources

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The Farley Foundation works within Ontario (Canada) helping low-income people provide proper health care for their sick or injured pets.

Farm Folk - City Folk works to connect local food providers with local businesses and markets - ensuring engaged, environmentally sustainable, food-secure communities. 

Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) works to increase awareness about our impact on wildlife like birds and moths - from reflective glass and pollinator gardens to night lights. 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Understanding Prose and Poetry

Understanding Prose and Poetry 

*Written by Marco A Bomfoco - a lifelong language and storytelling enthusiast and a passionate advocate of quality education for all. He lives in southern Brazil. You can reach Marco at

Prose and poetry are the two common forms of the literary discourse. Although we are not aware of this, at least in two ways we can react to discourses. Specifically, we can enjoy or appreciate them. The key to true appreciation is enjoyment and this depends largely on your attitude to literature in general.

Enjoyment must not be confused with appreciation. For instance, we often enjoy a poem without fully understand its meaning. The reason has to do with the nature of the genres. Poetry calls attention primarily to the "music" of the words, while prose, for its meaning. Prose is the kind of writing that does not fit a recognized poetical form, that is, it does not have metrical structure. In prose, a writer may express herself more directly. We might gain pleasure from a poem without knowing to explain why it is so.

Actually, when one reads prose, she must pay attention to what the author actually has to say. In other words, the meaning always comes first. Conversely, when one reads a poem it is possible to pay more attention to the way a poet says something. Poetic language fits a rigid pattern. Poetry shows some sort of definite regularity in prosodic form, that is, some pattern of lines, pitches, or stresses.

Appreciation relates to reasoning. Before you can discuss the meaning of the text, it's necessary to know what type of text it is you are reading. This will help to discern the writer's intentions easily. Poetry - like prose - is an art of sounds. In order to appreciate a poem, we should note there are four main types of poems, to know: descriptive, reflective, narrative, and the lyric. Poetry uses sense devices. For instance, simile, metaphor, and personification.

In order to appreciate a prose passage, one should remember that not all prose is alike. Types of prose are: narrative, descriptive, and argumentative. Narrative tells a story; it focuses on actions. Descriptive describes scenes, objects, people, or even persons' feelings. Argumentative deals with ideas and facts. Note that argumentative is the most difficult type of prose, because each sentence logically adds something to the main argument. 

Sometimes it is not easy to follow an argumentative text. Often the argument is nuanced: there are subtle shades of meaning or expression. So, the reading must be very attentive. In order to fully appreciate a text, it is important to note how writers compose and develop their thoughts, ideas, and emotions.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. 

Looking forward I am filled with vision. 

Looking upward I am filled with strength. 

And looking within I discover peace." Apache prayer 

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Volunteering in the Kootenays

Hi all !! 

This time of year, despite COVID, numerous charities are struggling to provide services to their local communities and support their volunteers at the same time. As many of our blog readers might already be aware... at the top of our blog, just under the heading, there is a row of tabs... they look like file tabs... click there and you'll find various pages beyond what you see here on this home page of the blog. 

There, you'll also find a free resource page supporting local (Creston Valley region in BC, Canada) volunteer opportunities. 

It is a one-stop resource for all new comers to the area, to learn what is available in our area, and for local residents in terms of support for their situation.  It is also a great resource for non-profits to become more aware of one-another, offer referrals to their clients and network with each other on any project they are looking at taking on. This time of year, people with a little excess income might be looking at how they can support their local area and still benefit from charity donation tax deductions. This page will help them find options to consider. 

For those of you who reside in or visit this area (or know someone who does) please do feel free to share this site. There is no sign-up for anything, no fee and no hidden catches. Just a free resource page for anyone to enjoy. 

*...if you happen to notice a charity is missing, please let us know.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Author Interview

World of Writing - Author Interview

Today we will be interviewing author Michelle Moore; mother to three boys and founder and president of Mother’s Grace, a nonprofit that addresses the critical needs of mothers and their children in the midst of tragic life events. Her new book, A Mother’s Grace: Healing the World One Woman at a Time, shares the stories of 12 amazing moms who are setting the world on fire helping others. She invites our readers to visit her website ( and visit her at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. *Special shout out to publicist Leslie Barret (of for suggesting today's guest for our blog :)

Q: So glad to have you on our blog, Michelle :) Let's start with learning a little about who you are behind the scenes... how would do you think a good friend might describe you?

A: I think most of my friends would describe me as very authentic, real and balanced across my life. I think they would say I am a good mom to my 3 sons, a friend that would go to the ends of the earth for the people I love and a person that makes things happen. 

Q: Do you use certain tricks that help prevent you from straying from your goal? 

A: It sounds corny but I can get paralyzed like everyone else from overthinking and setting too many goals. Having structure and keeping a handwritten “to-do” list help keep me on track! Physically scratching things off my list makes me feel like I am moving things forward. Also finding peace when working on the tasks that aren’t very fun helps take you out of that paralysis. I find that good music, fresh air, exercise, iced tea, candles burning, and getting centred, will get me focused enough to knock stuff out. 

Q:How do you determine or evaluate "success"? "happiness”?

A: Happiness for me is having healthy, loving relationships. Of course, with friends and family, but most of all with my sons. I find complete joy when I’m hanging out with them, chatting and laughing hysterically at their witty sarcastic humor. Another source of happiness for me is traveling all over, taking in the scenes and people, and just getting out and seeing the world especially with my sons, partner, or girlfriends, with no agenda or rush. Lastly, laughter on a daily basis is a sign of happiness for me. 

Q: What was your path to publication?

A: This was a very long journey! (20 years in the making) I can say that it was a divine journey and a calling! I think because I lost my mom at 5 years old, I found myself subconsciously looking for meaningful and impactful connections with other moms. Amazing women who were facing adversity started dropping into my life in quite miraculous ways; then we began working together in their communities, and ultimately, many became my lifelong friends. Then I became one of them, a mom in crisis with cancer and a very sick child. All at once I understood their souls even more. My life came full circle, and the book telling each of their stories, practically wrote itself.

Q: What are the biggest surprises you’ve encountered as a writer?

A: I would say one of the biggest surprises is the editing process. Mine took a long time and just when you think you have nailed something, an editor tells you it's grammatically incorrect. Editing was very arduous for me! The other surprise is when it was finally done, I really couldn’t believe it was done and bound and for sale. After years of work it is surreal to see the finished product!

Q: That is so true - it is often surprising how long it takes once the manuscript has the final edit done, there's a lot more to do; all the beta readers, creating the formatted proof, cover design, and other stages involved behind the scenes. Even when you've put out a few books, I feel, one still feels the weight of the work and time involved before the book has a release date and the marketing plan begins. There's always learning involved no matter how many books you've released, that's for sure. Speaking of marketing - could you share some of the tools you've decided to utilize?

A: I am currently engaging on social media, sending out press releases and sharing with friends. I am also working to book speaking engagements where I can speak about Mother’s Grace and the incredible women in the book as well. 

Q: How much time do you devote to marketing your book?

A: I work with a wonderful PR company (PR by the Book) and they have me doing media interviews, writing articles and a virtual book tour; as such I put in at least a few hours a week toward marketing.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

recommended resources

 Recommended Resources

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Everdale Environmental Learning Centre teaches sustainable living via hands-on projects and activities ranging from organic gardens to meadows and forests and alternative energy. 

Evergreen helps cities become low-carbon, sustainable, green communities.

Evergreen Theatre: Cirriculum-baseed musical theatre touring shows, programs and workshops with actors, scientists ande educators. 

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Parenting Toddlers - Advice

5 ways to use your morning routine 
to increase your toddler’s language skills 

* Today's article comes to us via author Tinita Kearney ( PH.D., CCC-SLP/L) a speech-language pathologist who hails from New York and the DC area. She owns a speech therapy private practice and lives to empower families to be their child’s very best advocate and resource. Check out her newest children’s book series at and subscribe to get weekly communication tips and tricks.

As a wife, mother of two children under 2 and a business owner, I am all too familiar with just how busy each day can get! There are a million things to check off of the daily ‘To-Do’ list and not a million hours in which to do it all. But, like any parent, my children are always at the very top of my priority list, and this means that I am purposeful about finding creative ways to fit them into my hectic schedule. And since I just happen to also be a speech-language pathologist, this often takes the form of games and activities that are designed to build language and communication skills (in super fun ways!). 

Mornings at my house are typically fast-paced and very routine. It’s very easy to get caught-up in the automaticity of it all in the effort to make sure that everyone gets out the door on-time. But morning routines are also a great way to get in regularly scheduled language-building practice. If you’re anything like me (and I’m betting you are), then preparing your children to achieve their very best is your ultimate goal as a parent. Growing their language and communication skills is the greatest way to set them on the road to success and this list of five quick and easy ways to use your morning routine to build these skills will help you navigate the way!

Sing Songs (or make them up!)

Songs are a great tool to help grow vocabulary and to teach basic concepts. Pair a song with a routine morning activity and feel free to get silly with it!

Try: Sing a ‘brushing teeth’ song during this part of your morning routine (e.g., “This is the way we brush our teeth, so early in the morning.”).

Tips & Tricks: Add words/lines to the song to teach specific vocabulary (e.g., “This is the way we brush our tongue”) and basic concepts (e.g., “This is the way we brush up top/on bottom”). 

Tag Team Dressing

You’re probably already familiar with the growing independence of your toddler! Encourage this important development and also build language skills by getting your toddler involved in the dressing process.

Try: Play “I choose, you choose,” where your child gets to select one clothing item that they would like to wear for the day, and you select another until a complete outfit is created. 

Tips & Tricks: Present your child with only 2 clothing item choices at a time to speed things up and keep your morning on track. Also, try giving your child 1 ‘silly’ option (e.g., a thick sweater as a choice in the middle of summer) and encourage your child to tell you why it’s a silly choice (e.g., Parent: “Is this sweater a good choice? No, it’s silly! It’s too hot outside! Tell daddy why this is silly.”).

Mirror Time

Increase your little one’s vocabulary and expressive language skills by having them take a look in the mirror and describing what they see.

Try: After dressing, have your child stand in front of a mirror and describe 1 or 2 things that they are wearing. Introduce them to new vocabulary words when describing (e.g., colors, textures, patterns, shapes, materials, etc.) and encourage them to use these new words each day.

Tips & Tricks: Lay the foundation for more mature sentences and teach new vocabulary by restating and adding to what your child says (e.g., Child: “Ooh, pretty shirt!” Parent: “Yes, your polka dot shirt is pretty!”). 

Assign a Job

One way to use your toddler’s “I-can-do-it-by-myself!” spirit is to assign a job that they can in fact complete by themselves, while simultaneously helping you to keep your morning routine running smoothly! This is also a good way to grow your toddler’s following directions and comprehension skills.

Try: Keep your child’s shoes in an easy-to-access area and instruct them to put on a specific pair each morning a few minutes before you’re ready to head out the door (e.g., “Go put on your red sneakers.”).

Tips & Tricks: Grow your child’s skills even more by giving a two-part instruction (e.g., “Go get your red sneakers and bring them to me.”).

Play-by-Play Commentator

The easiest way to build your tot’s language skills is to model good language yourself! You are their first (and best!) teacher, and how YOU communicate is how they will learn to communicate. 

Try: Talk-out every action that you take involving your child throughout the morning (e.g., “It’s time to wash your face! Let’s get a washcloth and dip it in the water. Now we have to wring it out. Look at all that water coming out! Squeeze, squeeze, all done! Let’s wipe your face now. Ok, nice and clean!”). 

Tips & Tricks: Talk-out your actions even when your child is half-asleep and you’re convinced that your play-by-play commentary is 100% useless -- you’d be surprised how much actually gets through!

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 


"It’s scary to think that one day 

we’re going to have to live without our mother, 

or father, or brother, or husband, or wife, 

...of that one day we’re going to have to walk this earth 

without our best friend by our side, 

or them without us. 

Appreciate your loved ones while you can, 

because none of us are going to be here forever."

 ~ unknown

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Mountain Day


Did you know that Today, Dec 11th, is celebrated as International Mountain Day?


so... just how does one celebrate a mountain... and why? 


 Well for one thing, mountains host 15% of the world's population and are responsible for half of the world's biodiversity, all the while providing freshwater and mitigating water flow for the valley's to enjoy below. Suprisingly, mountain terrain is quite fragile. The soil layer is thin and so when there's a forest fire or clear cut or mud slide, these mountains lose the little soil they have at an astounding rate.


I'm a huge fan of mountains, was happiest amongst them and have chosen to live in a lush valley where I am surrounded by them. 


Around the planet, nearly 70% of mountain land is used for grazing and those animals actually improve the terrain if they are grazed properly. their hooves lightly churning the ground as they move on by. Control of undergrowth , preventing wildfires, and contributing manure to the soil. Likewise, the mountain livestock have developed unique genetic traits that can be helpful for many global issues we may face in the future. 


Today in honour of this celebrated day... I'm taking the opportunity to share some pictures - just a few - of some of the mountains I've had the pleasure of living near. 

I hope you have enjoyed them and take the time to spread the word about International Mountain Day :)

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Thursday, December 10, 2020


 Recommended Resources

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Equestrian Canada is a national non-profit advancing all horse relate sports, programs, events and therapy organizations. 

ETRA is an international therapeutic horse riding association 

Etobice Humane Society, an independent, all-volunteer, no-kill shelter offering animal care, rehoming and sanctuary. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Defining 'Alliteration'

Figure of Speech: Alliteration

* Written by Tanveer Abbasi

The word 'alliteration', has its origin in Latin word "littera", which means to start with the same letter. 

In literature, alliteration means occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words in poetry or prose.

The following are some examples of alliteration:

- Peter Pounce (A character in the Novel "Joseph Andrews")

 She sells sea shells by the sea shore. (A tongue twister)

 How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

 Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

 Dan's dog, Dove, dove deep in the dam, drinking dirty water.

 The store clerk stood and stared at me in stupor.

 Dunkin' Donuts (Brand name)

 Your financial future will fell into a free-fall.

 Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

-  PayPal (Brand name).

 The lion licked his lips.

 The teacher took the troublemakers' toys.

 Which bone had to be broken to break the camel's back of your ambition.

 Last laugh

 Donald Duck (A cartoon character)

. Ronald Reagan (An American Politician)

 Michael Moore (An American Documentary filmmaker)

 "For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky
Lay like a load on my weary eye.
" ("Rime of the Ancient Mariner" By Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

- "If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter
but a bit of better butter
Will make my batter better
(Children Poem "Betty Botter bought some butter")

"Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard."
(Shekespeare's "The Sonnet" No. 12)

 "The splinter'd speare-shafts crack and fly."
("Sir Glahad" poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson)

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes."
(William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet)

 "Behemoth biggest born of earth upheaved
His vastness: Fleeced the flocks and bleating rose.
("Paradise Lost" Book-VII by John Milton)

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 


"Nothing is more honourable

 than a grateful heart."

 ~ Seneca

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Read a book

It's A Great Time To Read A Book

Books are an awesome  gift!!

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Vocal terms defined

Head, Chest and Middle Voice - Explained. 

* Today's article is timely with the holiday season bringing lots of carollers and singing groups together (spaced safely, of course). Here the author Chuck L. Stewart takes us through the definitions of vocal registers, and invites our readers to check out the free lessons and information at: 

"If you wish to converse with me, define your terms." 
~ Voltaire

The Common Names of Vocal Registers:

Chest Voice
Low Middle Voice
High Middle Voice
Head Voice
Super Head Voice

Chest Voice got its name as a result of singers feeling a sympathetic vibration in the chest as they sang in the lowest part of their voices. Chest voice is not actually a sound, per se, but is a register. The size of the sound waves is such, that in the lowest register, the chest vibrates.

Low Middle Voice is just above Chest Voice. It should blend with chest voice and may sound exactly the same, except it is on higher pitches, above actual chest voice.

High Middle Voice is below Head Voice, but is above Low Middle Voice. Some prominent vocal coaches don't differentiate between low middle and high middle and call it all the same thing. Some prominent vocal coaches call middle voice Mix or Mix Voice or Mixed Voice. This is misleading in that it sounds like a singer could or would mix two singing registers and that is not what is happening, as is easily demonstrated when you observe the vocal folds as a singer slides from chest to low middle to high middle to head voice. You do not have a magic blender or food processor in your neck which blends sounds in some imaginary way. The middle voice registers, low and high, are not a combination of head voice and chest voice. They are between those registers.

Head Voice got its name because singers noticed that they could feel vibrations in the head when they sang higher than where they typically speak.

Super Head Voice is above Head Voice. It also is called whistle register, but it is not a whistle. Some call super head voice flageolet, which is an actual "mechanical" whistle.

To recapitulate, vocal registers are the ranges of the voice, but they are not qualities of sound or tone. Some singers and vocal coaches do not know this and they speak of registers as if they are a specific tone quality or a timbre. The top music schools, conservatories, and universities are precise and explicit and do not interchange or misuse terminology. This is a great time to all get on the same page. By doing this, we can gain a deeper understanding of the structure and function of singing. We may even be able to get along.

Now let's examine sound, tone, and timbre:

Sound travels at about 750 miles per hour. We do not have valves, as such, inside our heads, to enable us to direct the sound or to place the sound to any appreciable degree. We also do not have muscles which expand the pharyngeal cavity and therefor cannot actually "open our throats" or "keep our throats open". Don't blame me. I did not design or build the human body.

When the vocal folds are in close proximity, as air is expelled through them, we will have a sound which is called full voice. Full voice is the sound we make in which we can "project" or have power or loudness. Many singers and some vocal coaches refer to full voice as chest voice but these terms are precise and are not interchangeable. Chest voice is a register and full voice is a sound. A register will be exact notes in your own vocal production. You may notice that they slightly vary up or down on any given day, but not much. Don't call full voice chest voice. You can sing with full voice in every single register. When you do this, you are not stretching chest voice higher. That is a common fallacy. You can yell or scream and do a thing some call "pulling chest voice", but it is yelling, not singing, and is potentially harmful to the vocal folds.
You cannot loudly sing with a breathy sound and you may even feel pain if you try doing that. Breathy tone production is achieved by the vocal folds not adducting enough to make the full voice sound. As a result, air escapes and we can hear that in combination with the tone of the vibrating vocal folds. A breathy tone could be called a sound characteristic, or timbre.

Vocal chords only exist when there are three singers singing together on three different pitches. Some vocal coaches have referred to vocal chords, but meaning to say vocal cords. Doctors normally do not say vocal cords, since they are not cords and definitely are not "chords".

Video stroboscopy has revealed that the vibrating action of the vocal folds is quite complex. Using a microphone which allows the measurement of the frequency vibration and combining that with a strobe light has enabled physicians and speech therapists to visually observe the actual function and structure of the voice as it is in action. Videos of this may be found online.

You can think of Full Voice as a solid sound and a breathy voice as having air in it.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020


 Recommended Resources

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Environmental Law Centre began in 1982 in an effort to educate, advise, and empower Albertans (Canada) to protect the environment. Check out their blog, publications, and current programs at: ELC.AB.CA

Environmental Studies Association of Canada is a network of scholarly environmental researchers, educators and scientists working across Canada and beyond.
 Info: ESAC.CA

Environmental Youth Alliance : everything from rooftop gardens and other urban agriculture options, green building projects and community education programs.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Eco - Events in December

RCEN Speed Networking for Environmental Professionals event
When: Fri. Dec 4th
Where: online
What: a networking event; meet & greet with like-minded environmental professionals.

Urban Planning event
When: Tuesday, Dec 8th 
York University's Environmental and Urban Change planning program is offering a course preparation and study guide including program details and scholarship opportunities. Join the free exchange at: 

First Nations Water Storytelling Event
When: Tuesday Dec 15
Where: Online
InfoJoin Storytelling Gatherer – Grandmother Kim Wheatley, Water Storyteller – Dr. Shirley Williams, Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator – J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth and students from across the country online, as you listen to inspiring and educating Indigenous water stories.
Pre-register at by Wednesday December 9.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Green Events

Green Events

While many of us will be avoiding events, there are still going to be a few happening here and there and as such I wanted to offer some ways to create an environmentally friendly event... these are audio archives of our old talk radio show, great for listening to while doing those dishes or other mundane chores :) :

Want more access to the archived episodes? Check out this link:

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Monday, November 30, 2020

World of writing - Author Interview

Author Interview

* A note of appreciation goes out to Leslie Barrett, publicist at, who pointed today's guest our way. 

Today we are joined by author Tinita Kearney for yet another author interview on our blog. (We try to schedule one interview per month). Dr. Kearney is a speech pathologist who has recently released Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures, a fun book that teaches kids aged 2-6 critical language skills through an enchanting, 22-page adventure. Check out her newest children’s book series at and subscribe to get weekly communication tips and tricks.

Q: What is your education/career background?

I have had a desire to work with young children since high school and have done that for every job I've had since that time. I am now a paediatric speech-language pathologist and I take great joy in helping little ones improve their speech and language skills both in my private practice and in the public school system that I work with. It is this love of children and my vested interest in their progress that drove me to create the Lola Koala's Travel Adventures book series.

Q: What inspired your story?

School year after school year, I am met with a caseload of unique, eager-to-learn elementary-school-aged students with not-so-unique speech and language issues. And while a percentage of these students have difficulties that require intensive therapy (plus the dedicated involvement of the family and school team), a good portion requires much less involvement from me. It's this group that I aim to help with my books -- by empowering their families to build their language skills at home with consistent, fun practice and resources!

Q: What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

My third-grade teacher, Kristen Potter, played a crucial role in teaching me that I could achieve anything that I could imagine. She was one of those teachers from the storybooks -- patient, kind, encouraging, fun -- the kind you think don't really exist! I wish every student in the world could benefit from the amazing effects of having an awesome teacher who sows greatness into your future. I just love that lady!

Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

As a child, I loved the A Wrinkle In Time series. I also loved the American Girl: Addy book series (and all things 'Addy') by Connie Rose Porter.

Q: What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Rhyming! It was so much harder than I anticipated -- coming up with rhyming words that naturally fit within the story was a huge challenge in and of itself!

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