I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of being back in Canada. So much has changed in the past year,.. It’s crazy how different my life was in Japan. This drawing shows a trip I took in Fall of 2012 to Nikko with my sister Cindy. It was my third trip to this beautiful town in Tochigi prefecture, about two hours from central Tokyo. Nikko is in a beautiful mountainous area, and is famous for hot springs, monkeys, shrines, colorful fall foliage and more recently, antiques. On this trip, we ventured out to the Kinugawa onsen area along a one-train-per-hour track — such a change of pace from the every-two-minutes Yamanote line in the central Tokyo core. Such an unforgettable experience that was….
July 3, 2014
Working on my art journal, documenting my vacation to Naoshima, Japan’s contemporary art island in 2012. One of the best experiences of my life. #arttherapy #lostintranslation
Having a lazy start to this rainy day…Pondering life.
Albert Camus said, “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” This confuses me… If I’m not doing those things, what am I supposed to be doing?
I think with some people, happiness is an intrinsic state that they don’t have to think about or search for. It’s just there. It just exists. And for many of the same people they don’t have to search for the meaning of life because they’re just too busy living to think about what it is…I fluctuate between being both kinds of people. Today unfortunately, my existentialism, verging on nihilism is getting the better of me.
June 3, 2014
If I ever have the privilege of raising a female living thing, like a cat or dog or daughter 😂, I’m totally going to name her “Magnolia” because magnolias are just the most beautiful, majestic and resilient of flowering trees. (at High Park)
Been working on my art journal… My apartment in Tokyo is finally done dizzzzzzo!! Awesome memories of that place ❤ #japanesearchitecture #tokyolife #thistookforever
I am not a morning person. No matter how much sleep I get, or which side of the bed I wake up on, I never feel ready to start my day. Every so often though, my morning grumpiness immediately dissipates because I look out my window and see something as majestic as this.
November 21, 2013
Teaching in the primary grades is undoubtedly a challenge and there are so many moments every day that astound me, as to the cognitive development occurring at this stage in their young lives. I’m still smiling at how emphatically this student stated that there was a ‘w’ at the end of ‘Lego’ because ‘you can hear it.’
November 19, 2013