Category Archives: Writing

Dusting Off the Cobwebs

Looking back at some of my old posts I realize that much of my thinking is connected to the changing seasons. Am I so influenced by the barometer, temperature, and precipitation? Does it really matter whether the colour scheme outside my sliding door is shades of white or tints of green? Apparently, I am and it does. I don’t think I’m alone, either. Many of us get a sudden urge in the spring to clean and sweep every nook and cranny of our homes or ravage our closets to rid ourselves of Read more [...]

Quick and Slow Writing

When I’m teaching writing to my high school students, I often have them start with quick writes. I give them a prompt, an object, a visual or a video and a short space of time to create a response, a poem, a scene, or a story. I remind them to keep the pen on the page or fingers on the keyboard, silence their inner critic, and ignore errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation (we’ll fix that later). Instead, we focus on letting our ideas flow. It’s a great way to jumpstart the creative Read more [...]

New Year, New Thinking

While December was all about reflecting, January is all about planning. I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions. The thought of raising my hopes to fulfill some lofty goal, only to see it dashed away as I drift from my purpose fills me with dread. But the sense of a new beginning with the turn of a calendar page is a refreshing idea that always inspires me to rethink what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. I’m an unabashed organized, plan-making machine. I have lists and coloured Read more [...]

Think Like a Student

At this time of year, I’m keenly aware of every red maple leaf waving amongst a sea of green, the deep orange berries weighing down the branches of my mountain ash, the darkness creeping earlier into the evening and cool air entering through my still-open window in the wee hours of the morning. September is fast approaching and I’m powerless to hold on to those long, aimless summer days. But, I’m buoyed by the idea of a revamped routine for the coming months and inspired by a new old idea: Read more [...]