Monday, 21 February 2011
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton set out with 27 men to be the first to cross Antarctica. When ice trapped their ship-and eventually crushed it-they lost all hope of crossing the continent. Yet they managed to survive two harsh years trapped in the barren, frigid Antarctic. This film tells their true story of heroism and determination.
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure recounts a true story of epic proportions that is ideally captured in our giant-screen Discovery Dome Theatre format, where you will feel as if you have been transported back in time to experience the greatest survival story of our time.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Friday, 18 February 2011
In the end it worked out though because Allen and I went out to celebrate our anniversary. Mwah!!
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Time flies when you're having fun.
One of Allen's aunt's posted a note on facebook:
I remember that day, Dick was in the hospital, it was a snowy dark night, and I didn't feel confident to drive myself so I missed the Reception! Felt really bad about it, 17 yrs later....... Congratulations to you both.
I remember people later talking about what a bad storm there was the night of our reception. Funny thing was I don't have any recollection of that storm.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
...and now for my nerdy confession: One of the authors we read a lot in University was Vera Goodman. I grew to love Vera Goodman. I thought she was absolutely brilliant.
....and guess what? She is my friend on facebook!!! (I really had to show some self-control to refrain from putting that all in caps!)
She posted a great article recently on reluctant readers....here are some of her tips that I nodded to as I read:
- Reading is solitary and children want to be groupies. To read we need to be in a quiet place to have a silent conversation with a story and we need to love it enough to choose to be there.
- The secret of hooking kids on books is to find a series that, like Harry Potter, pulls them into a compelling story – one they can’t put down. This involves time on a parent’s part to choose books from the library and then to read the first chapters to them aloud. When they find one that excites them to find out ‘What’s Next?’ you have the right book.
- When I taught Junior High I had some reluctant readers. So I looked for a series that would interest them and that they were capable of reading on their own. I took time to introduce them to the series by reading the first chapter of the first book aloud and discussing it. When I found a book that grabbed them they would finish the series and look for another. My work was over!
- You might choose to read at least this first book yourself so you can share the excitement and discuss the story and the issues with your reluctant reader. As adults we like to join book clubs to share a good book. Your child will enjoy doing this with you too, and it will engender a lifelong love of books.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
The Calgary Philharmonic did a night called Romancing Rachmaninoff. It was soooo great!
Prior to the performance they have a 'fireside chat' where they tell you about the composer, his music, and what was going on in his life when he wrote it. I loved it. I was even pleasantly surprised to see that I knew some of the music!
I loved loved loved the piano concerto. It made me want to go back to practising the piano!
You can listen to it on You Tube here.
Here's what we listened to:
- Marche from Cinq Études-tableau
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
- Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Chris Van Allsberg. Lately it's been Bill Peet. It has been so fun to read a swack of Bill Peet books again!! Seriously. You have to go get one from the library right now!
I can't even begin to talk about just one. They're all amazing.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
A few weeks ago at a swim meet I was feeling bad for Jill that she had to miss out on everything on Sunday. Way back we decided she wouldn't swim on Sundays. At the end of the races on Saturday at the last meet I said to her, "Sometimes I think you should swim Sundays." In that moment, if she would have said, "Me too mom!" we would have stayed. Instead she looked at me and said, "Why?" I explained that it just is fun and maybe having more chances to race would be a good thing. She just looked at me in a puzzled way and said, "Oh mom, you know that would never work."
She's right. Thanks for reminding me Jill!
Then a while ago I was shopping. I ran across some purple shoes that were a great deal. However, I didn't know what size I should get - so I didn't buy any. On Sunday we were driving to church when I remembered. It turned out that Jill does wear the size of shoes they had there. I mentioned that maybe we should stop by there after church and snap them up because there was only one pair left. Both Jill and Peirce exclaimed, "Mom!!!"
They're so good.
Maybe that's why I get to be their mom.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
I've read many books she's written (you'll have to click through the books tag to see them all.....maybe I should make a Deborah Ellis tag actually!) and I'm becoming rather obsessed with the lives of children in war. I can see how people become peace advocates and fight against any wars.
In this book every story had something that amazed and saddened me. To get it all into one post would be impossible.
This book was made up from interviews she had with Palestian and Israeli children. Their parents and ancestors have fought for years over a very small piece of land. As a result, the children's lives have been hugely impacted.
The end of almost every chapter the children share what they'd wish for if they could have three wishes. One chapter is about an Israeli child, and the next is about a Palestinian child. In the quotes below I took out any reference to whether or not they're Israeli or Palestinian. I don't think it matters. I have just replaced the word with enemies.
- I would become a doctor and I would be famous, maybe as a writer. And I would be able to walk.
- I have just one. I want the war to end, so I can keep living in Israel and raise my children here.
- I have only one wish. That is to go back to America and live with my father. I don't know what I'd do there, but I'd be with him, and it's a better place than here.
- A volunteer who came here from Canada to help teach us told me therea re no checkpoints in Canada. People who live there can start to go somewhere, without soldiers stopping them and asking them a lot of questions, and keep them from going where they want to. That must be very nice. I would like to be able to do that and one day, just go and go and go and go.
- I wish the fighting would end, so that we can just make music and have fun and not hate each other. Maybe we could even make music with the enemies one day.
- I have only one wish. I would like to go to heaven. Maybe in heaven there is happiness, after we die. Maybe then.
- If I had three wishes, I would walk again, I would play soccer, and I would go to see beautiful places.
- I only have one wish. To get well soon so I can go back to fighting the enemies.
- I would want all the enemies who are trying to take our land to be killed. I want to be a success in my studies. This will make the enemies nervous. They don't want us to study, and they often close our schools. And I want to build a family home that the soldiers can't destroy, and live in it with my family.
I'm stunned at the things these children have to deal with. The hopelessness that results from the war is heart breaking.
Surely something can be done.
I just wish I knew what. I guess just being aware is the first step. Listening to these children speak though makes it impossible to not do something.
Everyone definitely should read this book.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Today I got to do that. I had three little ones who did an amazing job on their spelling test. It was so fun to make a big deal of it. All the others really paid attention too! I'm sure I'll have some more amazing spelling tests tomorrow.
One little girl, upon her return, had the cutest thing to share. She said, “Mrs. Ackroyd, I dreamed of this day! And now my dream came true!”
...I love teaching.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
I remember having similar questions.
I had some friends who started a really cool company. I worked there for a while and was so inspired by what they were doing. They put catalogs on CD Rom.....really cool stuff! But it kind of died because there was this thing called 'the internet' that everyone was going to put their catalogs on.
I thought, "Pfffft! That's crazy! These guys are just giving up too easy....what they're doing is really cool!"
I remember when I got my first job working from home online in the mystery shopping industry. One of the interview questions went something like this:
Interviewer: Which browsers are you familiar with?
Interviewer: Do you use internet explorer or
I had no idea what either was.
Oh how life has changed!!!