Monday, September 28, 2009

Hooray for Saskatchewan Schools!

I'm back after an amazing week in sunny Saskatchewan. I'll be posting a few notes about my trip over the next few days.

For now, I'd like to send a big thank you to the wonderful teachers and librarians in Moose Jaw who invited me to visit their schools. They are: Rae Trites at Palliser Heights Elementary, Paula Shareski at King George Elementary, and Susan Bergen at Cornerstone Christian School. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your students!

The photo is of King George Elementary, one of the schools I visited, and where my father went to school as a boy. It was especially thrilling to visit here, and think about him playing on the playground and walking through the hallways.

Hi to all of the students I met last week. You were a fabulous audience! I hope I get to come back and visit you again someday.

Have a great fall!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Not Quiet For Long...

It's been a month, and I found out that I miss blogging. So, I'm back, but it may be sporadic postings. :-)

I finished the book I was working on over the summer and am about to write a proposal for a companion book, but in the (mini) interlude, I am travelling to Saskatchewan to attend the Prairie Horizons Canscaip Conference in Lumsden. I'll also be visiting elementary schools in the city of Moose Jaw, where I was born. (That's where this fantastic moose statue resides.)

I haven't been back to my hometown in 40 years, and part of the reason for going is to explore my roots and see the old family homesteads. I've always wanted to write a prairie book, and this trip may provide the inspiration for it. Fingers crossed!

On another note, I've been thinking a lot about blogging since I took my hiatus, and also thinking about Facebook and Twitter. I notice that a lot of folks are moving from blogging to these social networking sites. It's an interesting migration. I'm not quite ready to flap my wings, but it may come. I'll keep you posted.

Until then, I hope the fall is good one for you.