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The Final Leg

December 9, 2017 I’VE BEEN WITHOUT INTERNET on my return trip from Vancouver to Toronto so the only blogs I’ve written are the internal monologues that go on inside my head. Train travel is strange and wonderful. Beguiling and unpredictable. Schedules are quickly abandoned as we pull over constantly to allow freight trains to pass…

Working with Children

December 1, 2017 JUST FINISHED MY LAST GIG IN JASPER … … Worked my butt off, happily, here in this mountain town. I’m not scared to use the word awesome to talk about this trip … … Just stare at the image below for a while. Pick a child, any child and just try to…

Jasper Elementary, Part 2

November 30, 2017 SPENT A 2nd  DAY AT JASPER ELEMENTARY. In the morning, we made a Skype connection between Nicole Stone’s KG class in Kingston and Michelle Beauchamp’s KG class in Jasper. We had some technical difficulties but still managed to sing, “If You’re Happy & You Know it” and make it stretch across the Rockies,…

Jasper Elementary

November 29, 2017 Penpals unite … … SPENT THE DAY AT JASPER ELEMENTARY in the library where the BIG windows look out to the mountains. Each class in the school came to visit me there and we sang and played the whole day long until every class in the school had come for a visit….

Alberta Bound

ALBERTA BOUND, ALBERTA BOUND … … It’s good to be Alberta Bound. The train crossed into Alberta sometime last night and we moved our clocks back another hour. We are now living on ‘train time.’ All schedules are thrown out the (train) window as The Canadian is seemingly scheduled to run notoriously off schedule. The…

Winnipeg Arrival

November 27, 2017 SHIRT, SHOES, NO SERVICE … Hey friends. All of my best laid plans for Skyping and blogging and social media-ing my away across the country ended abruptly upon boarding The Canadian. There is NO internet service. Wish I could bring you aboard but that will have to wait for station stops. The…

VIA Rail Adventure

November 24, 2017 GONNA SET OUR SAILS. GONNA RIDE THE SILVER RAILS … Hey friends, I’m getting set to start my railway adventure. I depart from Toronto’s Union Station on Saturday November 25th at 10pm. Destination: Vancouver, British Columbia with a stop in Jasper, Alberta. I’ll be the VIA Rail Artist on Board which means…

Blogger Falls off face of the Earth

November 16, 2017 BLOGGER FALLS OFF FACE OF THE EARTH … but in a miraculous turn of events makes it back to continue writing blogs. Yes, folks. I’m back. I was lost but now I’m found. I got kind of discouraged for a while there. No one seemed to be visiting my website and I…

100 Kids Video

February 29, 2016 Hey Friends 100 Kids Kingston had a very special event at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning on February 20, 2016. We gathered to make a little video featuring a small but mighty cast of the 100 Kids group singing the new theme song.  We were joined by Braden Dragomir from make…

100 Kids Theme Song

February 15, 2016 You may be small but you can make a difference … Hello friends. Here’s the latest update on 100 Kids Kingston. We had our 2nd official meeting on February 2, 2016. The group continues to grow. (100 Kids is now a group of 205 children!) I believe in 100 Kids Kingston and…