Digging for Gold – Getting to the Heart of the Matter

My name is Fiona Stolze – welcome to my site. I created this space to share with you my writings on all the topics that are near and dear to me. As you can see, living what is true is a top value and I have reached a point in my life where I know that it serves no purpose to compromise and make up stories when I know the truth of what is deep within me. I’ve come to … Continue reading

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Echolalia – Not to be Discouraged in People with Autism

Many of you will remember Dustin Hoffman playing the role of Raymond Babbitt in The Rain Man. And for some of you, this was your introduction to the use of echolalia and the world of autism. Raymond was obsessed with watching movies and would use echolalia, the repetition of the phrases the actors and actresses were using on the screen, both in his romantic endeavours as well as when giving political advice. Recently I had the opportunity to work on … Continue reading

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New Silk Painting and Tie-Dyeing Supplies

Today we visited a store here in Edmonton that actually had some supplies I was able to buy and will be able to use in the very near future. I’ve now got various bits and pieces that will enable me to both tie-dye and do some silk painting. I was especially pleased to be able to get hold of a tjanting, one of those sweet little Indonesian devices that is used to apply wax to the fabric when creating batik. … Continue reading

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Silk Painting – Getting the Creative Urge Again

It’s been a very long time since I did some silk painting. In fact, too long.  Just far too long. Life just sometimes comes and leads you in a completely different direction. And then you get that urge again… I was just looking through my thousands of photos of my silk painting adventures. This picture below shows my old dye cupboard in our Victorian town house from many moons ago.   The photo below this is one that some of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Reflections on Mary Triplett

Today is Mother’s Day in Canada, and as I sat here reflecting on what it has meant to me to be a mother to my 3 lovely boys, one mother in particular sprang to mind. I thought it was fitting to write a little about her today. Her  name was Mary Triplett, mother of Donald Triplett, the first child diagnosed with autism. Her son was institutionalised in 1937 at the age of 3 as his behaviour deviated too much from … Continue reading

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Inclusion of Students with Exceptionalities

When I began my special needs intensive training, the book you see in this photo is one of the main textbooks I was required to buy for my studies. I referred to it affectionately as my telephone book, as it was literally a pile of large, thin, loose leaf pages with lots of print. However, I have come to greatly value it as it has become a great resource, one I can refer to again and again in the days … Continue reading

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Special Needs – A Whole New World

Last year I went back to university as a very mature student and completed this Spring an intensive special needs educational assistant certificate course.  This was a whole new world to me, and it took me a while to find my feet and get into the rhythm of things. This is an area that regular teachers often don’t cover in their training. As a result, in an era where inclusion is becoming more and more the norm, these teachers are … Continue reading

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Massive Clearout of my Silkandart Online Shops

For many years I have sold a multitude of items in my online silk shops but this August I will be stopping selling most of them and bringing a complete focus to a small range of pure silks. By that I mean the scarves, wraps, altar cloths, silk bags, silk panels, etc. All the other items are now being permanently phased out. These include small framed pictures, all types of supplies, mandala pocket mirrors, cushion/pillow covers, ties,  window pictures, painted … Continue reading

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Speaking Only When I’ve Really Got Something to Say

I realised this morning that it’s been such a long time since I made any posts on this site. And looking back over the years I also realised that in the early days I made a point of posting regularly here so that readers always had something new to look at and enjoy. Sure there are many older posts on this site sharing hints and tips around silk painting which many have found valuable. And it’s been lovely to pass … Continue reading

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Christmas Readings Offer

A Sea of Calm - a mandala oracle deck

I want to make a special offer to any of you who would like to have a recorded reading from me to get one at a really discounted rate over Christmas leading up to New Year. This is the deal – you can book a 30 minute reading and I will send you an mp3 recording of it by email to listen to at your leisure. This can be either for you or for a loved one. The cost is … Continue reading

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Integrity of Word

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It’s important to realise that everything we express, whether in words or actions or other means, takes form in reality – indelibly, like an ink stamp. So it’s really important to bring awareness to what we are saying in every moment. Words mindlessly spillt out into the ether are touching, forming, changing…everything they encounter both directly and indirectly. And it’s important to be aware of where the words are coming from. Are they spewing out of a sewage canal filled … Continue reading

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