Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ollie and Nic

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Intensive Summer Writing

In May, I came across a UBC Okanagan writing workshop quite by accident.  It turned out to be located in Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre, very near my house.  The only way it would be more convenient would be if it was held in my living room, so I signed up.  Here are some photos I've taken over the last few days for those curious to see the setting.

Yesterday we took a walk across the road to Woodhaven Regional Park where we did some five minute sense writing exercises and were attacked by viscous ants.

Working in a natural setting is something I enjoy immensely.  I feel very much at home - my last name is Wood afterall.  There's been a juvenile bear in the area for months now and someone saw it early yesterday morning, as some composte was left out.  The obligatory sign went up, though the presence of our group will certainly keep it away.  We've also seen a few deer in the bushes that surround us and one crossed my path when I biked home one lunch to let the dogs out.

It's been interesting and enlightening and more academic than I expected.  The mornings are spent in discussions more lofty than I'm used to, but I'm learning a lot. It's been 30 years since I've been in a university class so I've had a few brain cramps but I've enjoyed the process.  The feedback I've gotten has encouraged me, filled the well and has me itching to send my manuscript off, after some judicious editing. 

 One of the participants is staying at our house and is considering the Creative Writing program at UBCO in 2016.  We did a quick tour of the campus yesterday afternoon.  The library was my favourite spot.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom

On Tuesday, my daughter received her diploma from the University of British Columbia.

On Wednesday I was moving documents to my new computer when I stumbled upon a verse I'd copied from a card my mom gave Nicole when she graduated from high school.  I thought I'd post it today along with some photos of my Mom.  Today, is the fourth anniversary of her passing.


I've traveled paths you've yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I'm blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad


Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side

Walk softly when you're angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter's power is immense!

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don't shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it's near, you'll find a way.

Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly

Give freely from your heart

The world is far from perfect
There's conflict and there's strife
But you still can make a difference

By how you live your life.


 And so I'm very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my Granddaughter
And I believe in you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Little B&W

I've been trying to cull some of my photos as of late and I've discovered it's a very slow process.  I have more than 33,000 jpegs on my MacBook and I know at least 1/3 of them should be tossed, maybe more.  I ran across some black and white ones last night and the culling turned into re-composing and fussing with some settings.  Thought I'd share.