The Best Year of My Life… Seriously?!?

If someone told you that you could have the best year of your life, would you a) fold your arms across your chest and go, “oh yeah? okay, give me the best year of my life.” OR b) jump up and down excitedly and shout, “awesome! what do I need to do? Tell me and I’ll do it!” If you answered A, then this post isn’t for you. Well, actually it is for you, but you’re not ready. So, bugger off. Go on. Okay, now that those A people are gone… I think most people tend to want the outside world to make them happy. If only THIS would happen, then I’d be happy. I learned a long time ago that it’s the other way around. I have to get happy first. A friend of mine desperately wants to find a partner. She’s even said to me,...

Start the Year with Kindness

Several years ago I had the privilege of working for Puget Sound Community School in Seattle, WA. At that time, the school was only a few years old and had no fixed address. Classes were held in different places on each day of the week (from a retirement home to a community centre to a church to a frat house). Mondays we had field trips and/or community service and on Fridays students had mentorships in the community. There were no grades. Discipline happened democratically. The kids were amazing. I was having so much fun I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to work for them. The founder and director, Andy Smallman, is a visionary educator, although I don’t know if his down-to-earth nature would call it anything other than passion. And his passion is...

3:15 August 3, 2002

The 2009 experiment is almost here. I’m feeling nostalgic. I’m posting one of my faves from experiments gone by… Join the 3:15 Experiment Facebook Group to stay in the hypnagogic loop. from August 3, 2002 Seattle, WA cherry blossom midnight sneaking spoons in the dark hollow cherished far too many words to not describe my heart-break it breaks itself you know it erases its own glee tumbling like laundry lists believe that memory believe that gesture don’t believe your eyes touch is like grapefruit round and sensitive the eyes     two vulnerable moments of now my god doesn’t like traffic lights or marshmallows my god knows something about picket lines and visits to the dentist I want more of less much more of less...

Going on a Crone Cruise!

I’ve signed up to take a cruise to Alaska with a bunch of women over 40. I’ve never considered myself a cruise person before, but I couldn’t pass this up when I heard about it. Dara Marks, script analyst extraordinaire, will be leading a women’s writing workshop during the cruise. We’re leaving from Seattle on August 28th if anyone would like to join us! The early bird rate is in effect until June 15. More info below. Engaging the Feminine Heroic – August 28 – Sept 4, 2009 FTX Events is proud and pleased to announce a unique opportunity for women writers who have dared to pursue something in the creative realm and would enjoy some pampering aboard a CRUISE TO ALASKA this summer! This writer’s retreat is for anyone...

2009 Women in Film Festival Recap

The 4th annual WIFF is over… the curtains are drawn… and Vancouver sits in a thin blanket of snow. It’s a great day to rest and recuperate. I know I’m totally biased… but I think the WIFF is one of the best film festivals around. It’s not just the great films, it’s the networking/socializing, community-building, commraderie. That and just plain nice people attend the festival. The venue is great for hanging out in between screenings. Some highlights (too many to mention!): I mentioned The Baby Formula in my last post, which was quite fun. I also enjoyed Carl Bessai’s Mothers and Daughters. In it, six of Canada’s top actresses improvised their lines using only skeletons of stories to portray the interwoven...

Day Two Women in Film Festival

I had the romantic notion that I would live-blog some of the events at the Fourth Annual Women In Film Festival, but I’ve been too busy! Yesterday was the festival’s first New Media Day and I was one of the principle organizers. (Here’s a tip if you’re ever organizing an event… don’t put yourself as the moderator on the first panel of the morning! Leave that to someone with a fresh brain.) The Media Day included four panel discussions, an interactive exhibit, application demos, and a networking party with free beer from Molsens. Yay free beer! We had a social media team who actually DID live blog and tweet the event, so if you want to hear more… check out these links from: miss604 hummingbird604 - twitter feed on...