My Celebrity Crush

My Celebrity Crush

I started watching the videos on a super cold night last winter. Then I began to follow the Instagram page. Now I am totally following the storyline of what is going on in the Chef’s world. You might be asking why I am doing this. Doesn’t this seem child-like?
This is in no way child’s play. The Chef is a character, which has the ability to change the world for the better.

Spaghetti and Some

Spaghetti and Some

I’m not sure if my family is the only one that does this. We name our best food dishes after the people who make or who have made them. Although we all make many different types of food, we only have a few specifically named. Noonie’s Spaghetti is a family classic. In my family, if a dish is made often, loved, and requested it gets named.Recently, my daughter went to Europe. Once there, she was proud to tell me that she made Noonie’s Spaghetti in France . This made me smile as this dish is now an international food!

Red Pen People

Red Pen People

In grade 6, my teacher Miss Chess used a green pen. She found red was too bold and offensive. She would do her corrections in a soft green ink. I liked that a lot. It was soothing for a person like me, who made a tremendous amount of spelling errors. It’s easier to look at a paper filled with green ink corrections than redly inked marks. After a great year of learning with Miss Chess, I decided green ink was the way to go when I played school with my friends. Now as a university instructor, I still correct in green ink and pencil.

The Smile Project

The Smile Project

I ventured out to test my “Smile Project”. I got into my running gear and went for a run. My first subject was a mail carrier. As I ran by her I said, “Good Job Emilie!” and gave her a big thumbs up. She gave me a big smile and hollered, “Thanks, Sue!!!”

I continued along my run. While on a canopied tree-lined street I noticed an older woman, bent over, and trying to walk using a walker. It looked as though she was using the walker to help her cope with a recent injury. I slowed down a bit. As I approached her I said, “You’re doing a great job! Keep it going!” She raised her head, looked at me with the BIGGEST SMILE ever! By the way, she won biggest smile of that day!!!

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

All my emotions, secrets, and deepest thoughts and passions are expressed in my journals. All the times I wanted to get my furious anger out, I wrote it down. All the times I wanted to scream and cry and tear the world apart, I wrote it down. All the times I cheered from unbridled joy, I wrote it down. I wrote my heart out on paper. If my journal wasn’t enough, I climbed to the top of a mountain and screamed my lungs out! Then… I wrote that down, too!

Teaching Fall 2019 at Le Centre Cummings – Two Writing Courses

Teaching Fall 2019 at Le Centre Cummings –       Two Writing Courses

Le Centre Cummings Course Registration starts AUGUST 5th.

I will be teaching two writing courses this Fall 2019.

Write Your Memoir – LIT 101 – Sept 4 to 25, Wednesdays 1 – 3 p.m.
Write About It – LIT 176 – Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, Wednesdays 1 – 3 p.m.

Limited registration for both courses, so don’t wait!

Check out the course details and register at:
CUMMINGSCENTRE.ORG
Community Centre for adults 50+ in Montreal | Cummings Centre

What is Real Beauty?

What is Real Beauty?

The air was cool at 4:30 a.m. We were told to pick the fruits which looked colour filled and unripe. We were told to only eat the fruits which were ripe, but not to eat too many. If we ate too many, our best friend would be the toilet!
Around 5:00-5:30 a.m., the sun began to rise. By 6:30 a.m. we were already hot. So were the fruits. My goal was to climb to the top of the apricot tree and pick the fruits which were hot on the sunny side and cool on the shaded side. I succeeded each morning – so yummy!

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Naturally, I’m already on a slower speed than the rest of the world. In truth, this annoys people who know me very well. I have a tendency to get lost in the moments. I putter, think, wait, watch, listen, contemplate, and daydream, a lot. You remember, the kid the teacher always told to stop daydreaming. As a student, I preferred to sit next to the classroom window. Frequently, I gazed outward, wondering, thinking, pondering, and then alerted to stop daydreaming. I wasn’t daydreaming, I was creating!  Pink Floyd The Wall, “Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

Queen of The Canoe

Queen of The Canoe

Now that I am older, I have a renewed appreciation for life. I am questioning the perspectives of more senior people. Some of my questions are, how did I get here so fast, what needs to be done, will I have any regrets, and what is most important now?  Usually, I ask these questions to my greatest mentor. My mother Noonie. These are the questions I pose to her when we are in the middle of Lake Monroe in our red canoe. At least once a year we venture off into our canoe. We paddle to the middle of the lake and I ask divine questions, get her perspective, and listen intently.

A Sense of Accomplishment

A Sense of Accomplishment

On the last night of my course, after the last student has left the classroom, I sit there for about 10 minutes alone.  It’s done.  Ten weeks of lectures, lessons, planning, correcting, assignments, research, etc.  It’s all done. The students have left the classroom.  At this time, I sit and reflect on what has taken place.  I breathe and allow my mind to wonder and contemplate. I hope my students received the learning they wanted.  I question myself, did I do the best I can do?   Now, it’s time to pack up the final materials from the semester, close the lights and leave the classroom.  Sue… Elvis has left the building.

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

In Part Five, we learn about Michelle Asterino who is a tremendous real estate agent in Scottsdale Arizona, Sharon Bishin who is the best person to speak to if you’re looking for work, and Dr. Perri Young who explains her profession with brilliant love and care. Highlighted are interesting challenges, insights, and passions each women share. I hope you enjoy this final feature of the 2019 Spring Series.  I truly enjoyed creating it for you!

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Published! Letter to the Editor in The Suburban Newspaper.
— Bottom line, Miss Macdonald was the most fantastic, innovative, friendly, wonderful, amazing, informative teacher. And the fact that she wore a big catholic cross around her neck each day she taught us, made no fricken difference to anyone in the classroom. So, I really don’t know what the big deal is now! Seriously 45 years later!! Bill 21 is a waste of everyone’s time and money!

Happy Day!

Happy Day!

Today, families are not strictly Mother and Father created.  There are many families which have two Mother’s and/or two Fathers.  Some families may have one Mother or one Father.  Some families don’t have Fathers or Mothers.  Families can no longer be defined as simply a Mother and Father with children.  Our society is too far expanded as all families are unique, not gender based. How’s about your professional family, or your gym family, or your summer camp family, or your choir family, or simply your friend’s family? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day needs to expand with society and be more diverse!