Category Archives: GENERAL

Heart Connections

A couple of days ago I did a short reading based on the card I drew from my deck for the day. It was Heart Connection. If  there’s one thing I’ve come to realise about my heart, it’s that I can’t pretend to have it open some of the time, and then close it down at other times when it suits me. Either my heart is wide open or it’s contracted and closed. It’s quite simple really. And it’s a … Continue reading

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Creating Art in the Coldest Spot on the Planet

We’ve just come out of a really cold snap – one that has had Edmonton ranked as the coldest spot on the planet with temperatures below -40 Celcius with real feel a few degrees below that too. It has been quite a challenge, but ideal for ramping up the heating and get creative indoors. Here are a few photos I took during this time. This first one was the view through the window in our front porch. I really love the … Continue reading

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Creating a Silk Altar Cloth in Firey Colours

I’ve just finished creating a lovely silk satin altar cloth with very firey colours and mandala design. I added some golden-coppery metallic accents for a nice sparkle and then took some photos. I’m sharing here with you both the finished item as well as an animated slideshow I created and posted on YouTube. Just click on the video screen to watch the animation. I rather like how it turned out. Please watch and let me know what you think. This … Continue reading

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Silk Painting with Gold Accents

I’ve been painting on silk for around 18 years now. My goodness – where does the time go? And yes, in that time I have covered a lot of ground. I’ve tried out lots of different techniques, and some of my experiments have ended up in the trash leaving me with a good-humoured sense of “Next!”. At quite an early point I began to create mandalas using gold liner as a resist and losing myself in lots of tiny details. … 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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Christmas Readings Offer

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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Getting a Spiritual Hair Cut

It struck me as quite funny how surrendering to divine will can be a bit like getting a hair cut. You suddenly have a flash of inspiration and decide to have a really radical haircut, so different from what you currently have, it’s like night and day. But then the mind kicks in and you end up only having an inch or two snipped. After a short while you realise that more needs to go and so off you go … Continue reading

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Mandala Oracle Deck Giveaway in Celebration of the Launch

A huge thank you to everyone who came and took part in the mandala oracle deck giveway I ran this week. So today I collected all the names together and put them in the pot for the draw. This short video shares with you what  happened. Have a look to see if you won the deck. 🙂 I’ll be in touch with you to get the shipping details and make sure the deck starts its travels to you as soon … Continue reading

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