The Latest Happenings
My biggest news – I’m a grandma! I love every minute with him. I’ve never seen a baby smile and laugh so much. He loves people, music and listening to people talk (and read books to him!). Could there be any greater joy?
Also, a first for me, I traveled across two oceans this year. First I crossed the Pacific to visit my dear friend in Hawaii, who lives in a quiet rural area with solar electricity and a view of the ocean. I so enjoyed partaking in the quiet, simple, organic lifestyle.
Then I went over the Atlantic to meet my German relatives, visit my mother’s little hometown in the Bavarian Forest on the border of the Czech Republic, and take a tour around Germany. How precious to be part of this lovely family with 4-generations in one house. And what happiness to help my mom and her sister have a video call and see each other for the first time in 40 years!
The beautiful small towns with their red roofs and church spires that dotted the foothills, the art and architecture and castles, and learning the history and determination of the German people–while traveling with my best friend since I was 9 years old!–all gave me such a thrill and great pride at my heritage.
My writing time has been curtailed, but I am still excited to work on a new book for Red Line about another Canadian culture and people. This time I have the opportunity to research a lot of biographical information, which I enjoy tremendously.
Last year’s book was “Immigration to Canada – Then and Now” series of educational books published by Beech Street books, entitled Chinese Immigrants in Canada. It was published in August 2018, and I wrote about it here.
My post on the first book, Respect Our World: Sustainability, is here.
If you have any interest in writing children’s education books, I recommend Evelyn Christenson’s website, which not only has a list of organizations to contact, it also has tips and more.
AND…I’m still LOVING going to school and spending the whole day teaching and supporting sweet, enthusiastic, respectful, hardworking students. As I mentioned before, I also enjoy the entertainment value of working in an office across from the restrooms. I have the fun of listening to the kindergarten teachers’ variety of character-building moments during whole-class bathroom breaks!
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