Category Archives: Hobbies

Strokes of finesse in painting a poem

As part of my lifelong learning activities, I recently attended Sumi-e painting classes. This was just an introductory level to learning the nuances of preparing one’s ink, wetting the brush and applying just the right pressure when stroking the rice … Continue reading

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Little jot cards get around

Just when we thought I couldn’t find a smaller jot journal… I received a bag of nifty little key ring language card packs as part of the loot I purchased from a local fundraising auction. The previous owner used to teach English in … Continue reading

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The travel jot journal

My recent writing activities have revolved around travel. Whether I am touring about town on an artist’s date or travelling outside the city, I like to have a jot journal, a notebook of sorts to record observations and capture inspirations. … Continue reading

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Farewell to March! Hellooo, April!

Finally, we said goodbye to March. It seemed to stick around for-ev-verrrr! In the Ottawa Valley, it came in like a soggy little lamb. The days dragged on with waiting for buses in to the city and back for the … Continue reading

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Housework prevention duo

There are times when the cats have your best interests in mind. They may be telling you that it’s okay to leave the laundry for another week. They may be telling you to take it easy, let your inner artist … Continue reading

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A possible recurring character

I have been consuming sufficient quantities of coffee this morning. I find that the caffeine gets my brain cells jittering around with wonderful, whimsical ideas. It also encourages  a good BM :-} Lately I have been encouraging myself to do … Continue reading

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Ideas board

I have embraced the BS post-its method for those children’s book ideas dancing in my pretty little head. You can call it Brainstorming or Brainwriting.  It’s an approach I used in the past, while planning a year of events with … Continue reading

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