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You can fail and fall
You can get it all wrong
You can realize you need to change course
After years down a winding path
You can cry and cringe
You can grieve
But darling,
For the love of all that is holy
(including you)
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Room to Dwell

This summer my husband and I decided to stay mostly local. We wanted to spend time connecting with each other, our sons,  friends, family and our community. I often find parallels between what I read for my Master’s Degree and my personal & professional life. Margaret Latta’s article about “creating room to dwell” and ““embracing the process” (Latta, 2010) in the context of teachers finding time during  and after lessons to be present and mindful of the learning that is occurring really resonated with me and became the basis of my thesis a few years ago. I have found connections to this concept of “creating room to dwell” in the inquiries I have undertook with my students over the years, in the Self Regulation work I have focused on in my classroom, in my personal goals of being present for my students and my family, and in many of the adventures I had with my family over the summer. This article has continued to inspire me to create room to dwell in the days and moments I am fortunate to share with my sons. Continue Reading

Interview: Erin Boniferro of Collage Collage

If you’ve been following along on this blog long enough, you know that we’ve been passionate about Erin Boniferro and her beautiful shop Collage Collage since the beginning. It was as if she had read our collective minds and made magic happen when her space opened its doors five years ago, as a creative hub for little AND big artists in the community. From art supplies, to book readings, drop-in classes and extended workshops, Collage Collage is bursting with carefully (and lovingly) curated items and activities. We are so thrilled to share with you our interview with Erin, who serves the realtalk up just how we like it: on business, the ever-present act of balance with kids and work, and her focus on community and learning through the arts…have a read and enjoy!

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Colours and Shapes

I’m in the thick of it… a my Master of Design Degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in beautiful Vancouver, BC… And my kids are starting to provide me with better critiques of my work than I have received from many an undergraduate during my previous degree.

They’ve grown up in a world of co-creation workshops, ethnographic design research and art + design shows where people have taken the time to share their concepts and explain their motivation. What stands before me today are the men of tomorrow – thoughtful, creative souls with a keen eye for detail and enough sense to let a lady explain herself before interjecting.

I understand that this is not the experience of every child, but I do hope that this blog will allow parents an opportunity to “get their feet wet” – try things they wouldn’t have otherwise known to do. In turn, Carina and I both look forward to you responses! Tell us what you have seen/done/pushed yourself to do – if you are inspired, tell us where you go for your own inspiration.

In the words of my 8-year-old son, lets do this!