Family Hut Trips: A Love Story
March 13, 2017

What do you want to know about hut trips? Please read this reflection and comment below. A Picture of Perfection: There is an image seared in my mind, part real and part predefined. Cai and I used to read a series of books by Holly Hobbie about two pigs called  Toot and Puddle. My favorite […]

I am giving you fair warning, I need a little aid developing my thoughts on adventure.  Consequently, there will a be a plea for your help at the end. Let me start with a little context. A case for adventure: Cai is a little different from his classmates. It is very evident when we are skiing. Skiing is something a lot […]

Teaching Balance and Rhythm
September 11, 2016

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton Finding Balance and Rhythm while commuting: Rhythm has played a part in all my best commutes and I am blessed that several were incredible. The ferry from Manley to the Sydney Opera House, skate skiing in Anchorage for four months […]

“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity.”  T.F. Hodge   As a teacher I learned that while manipulation is a maligned tactic it is useful. I might go so far as to say it is an essential tool. When you desire your […]

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek Sinek makes his claim in the classic and popular TEDx talk based on the book Start with Why. While he was focusing on advertising, the Golden Circle, is a pretty universal truth. Not only is it a useful concept when selling something, […]

Magic and the Wonder Book
May 15, 2016

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats We were first introduced to the concept of a wonder book when Cai was six. It was shared by his teacher as a way of celebrating defining moments, such as teeth falling out. I don’t know what she was […]

Be ye constant: St David & simplicity
March 1, 2016

“Brothers be ye constant.” St David’s last words to his disciples Today is St. David’s Day. Not as well known as St Patrick, he is the patron saint of Wales. It always amuses me the way people celebrate Patrick. He was a monk, monks don’t do falling over drunk, so I’m almost glad that David […]

When the Time is Right
December 30, 2015

Quite frankly I still cannot believe it. For Christmas we gave Cai something that has not lived in our house for over a decade. A TV. I am still reeling over the honking, great big screen, attached to a Wii, Apple TV, and soon a few local channels. Not only that, we tidied up a basement […]

What Difference Do You Want To Make?
December 11, 2015

Inspired by the Live Your Legend Blogging Challenge Questions like this intimidate me. When I keep the answer inside then I am safe, I do not have to act. If I put it out into the world I am compelled to live it. I used this strategy when I decided to move to the States. It […]