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Xwist Memin Kin

“I Want to Go Home” –Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch A new Book by: Mary Jane Joe (Elder Nk’xetko) Today we celebrate the release of Mary Jane Joe’s (Nk’xetko’s) new book Xwist Memin Kin “I Want to Go … Continue reading

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Symbols, Signs and Seals (not the kind in the ocean)

What if you dared go through a magical door into another land? What would lie on the other side?  What if you came across a letter…the old fashioned kind sealed with wax? Where would you find it? What was written … Continue reading

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Monster Menus! (Inspired by Roald Dahl)

I have always loved Roald Dahl’s sense of whimsy, fancy and fun! He took such liberties to create his own words and entertained us with heavy sprinklings of nonsense. After reading parts of “The BFG” and creating a list of … Continue reading

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Stories from Scary Mary’s Garden

This Mother’s Day I recommend that you DO NOT give your mom a bouquet from THIS garden! Scary Mary, from my book, “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch on” has inspired a few new breeds of plants…but be careful, some … Continue reading

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

April has been National Poetry Month and while I did not quite write or read a poem a day, I did hone my haikus and pen a few quirky quatrains. Thursday, April 29th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a … Continue reading

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Stories in Miniature Part Two: Goldimonkey and the Three Dragons

Art and words go hand in hand. Simple sculpting helps students develop a richer and more evocative vocabulary. It encourages them to pause and include things that would normally be overlooked. It allows them to explore colour and mood both … Continue reading

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Stories in Miniature…Part One: The Magician’s Pet

Words. They can help to elaborate on or describe a character or their actions, they can capture a mood, highlight a feeling…but what if words elude you? What if, however hard you try and however many times you use thesaurus.com, … Continue reading

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Turning Traditions Into Tales: How the First Polar Bear Swim in Scotland Came to Be!

Every year for the past 15 plus years or more, it has been my tradition, along with 1000’s of others and a handful of brave friends, to take the plunge, the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. Here in … Continue reading

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Holiday Headline: Marshmallow Snowman Inspires Story of the Year!

Now that I have your attention…with a few simple ingredients you and your friends, students or children can ‘cook’ up a delicious holiday treat without even going near a stove! Not only that, but before the snow people you make … Continue reading

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Remembrance: Poems and Stories for November 11th

Every year, I ask my students to write a poem or essay to submit to the Royal Canadian Legion’s essay and poetry competition. Every year, I am astounded at how much they learn and how they find ways to connect … Continue reading

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