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  • v KURTZIE1998
    We are almost done with week 2, wishing you great week

    Can you believe we are on week 8 already, wishing you a very successful week.

    “Don't Just

    Don't just learn, experience.
    Don't just read, absorb.
    Don't just change, transform.
    Don't just relate, advocate.
    Don't just promise, prove.
    Don't just criticize, encourage.
    Don't just think, ponder.
    Don't just take, give.
    Don't just see, feel.
    Don’t just dream, do.
    Don't just hear, listen.
    Don't just talk, act.
    Don't just tell, show.
    Don't just exist, live.”

    ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
    4 days ago
  • v MEAGOP
    Hi Min,

    We have been very cold this week, hovering around -30 since last weekend, but tomorrow should be nice (for January in Alberta!) I hope you are having a lovely January and can get out for lots of walkies with your Dragon Pup!

    emoticon Megan
    9 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    Tomorrow is the big day. Let's bring it on. Let's go, I know emoticon
    17 days ago
    Glad to be a Weight Warrior with you this challenge!
    17 days ago
  • v MEAGOP
    Hi Min,

    Happy New Year! I miss you, too, and I miss the Dragons. Last challenge I just was too busy to really roar with our fierce brothers and sisters, so I decided to take a break for the Winter Challenge.

    I've started my last term teaching full-time while taking online courses on top. It may kill me, but I will be mostly finished at the end of February, and completely finished at the end of April. Can't wait! I am just so tired, Min!

    Bliss is GORGEOUS! Please wuzzle her silky ears for me!

    To celebrate the end of a gruelling two years, my husband and I are planning a trip to northern France and Belgium, in July. We are both history buffs, and I have a minor degree in art history. There are a few Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals I know well from studying them, but I have never seen them, so we want to gawk at Autun, Reims, Vezeley and visit Mont St. Michel. We also want to poke around Ghent and Bruges, and visit Brussels, too, since last time we were in Belgium we were only in Bruges (I love Northern Renaissance art, so we thoroughly enjoyed the churches and museums there). To finish off, my husband, who is a violinist and conductor who adores Mahler, has had a lifelong dream to spend time in the Alps with the cows. He wants to smell the pines and the meadows, and listen to the breeze and the tinkling of the cow bells. He wants to take long walks through the meadows and eat lots of good cheese. If some Swiss fellow feels inspired to play the alphorn, Edmond's experience will be complete--but we will be in the French part, not the German, so we are not counting on that... besides, the former alphorn and shepherding set are probably all computer programmers or bankers nowadays!

    Thoughts of this trip will carry me through the next two very intense months.

    Min, I cannot remember exactly where you live, but is it Belgium? If so... hint, hint? Or are you Danish? It drives me nuts when I can't remember such important information!

    I hope you've enjoyed the Banks novels. I have had to put my sci fi reading on hold, sadly, but I read a bunch of the Culture novels last summer. I loved The Player of Games, and enjoyed all the rest, too! The Hydrogen Sonata was so, so entertaining. Banks has a wicked sense of humour! My next project will be Ursula LeGuin, since I haven't read all the Hainish novels. I've read a lot of them, but not all.

    I'm currently teaching Shakespeare's The Tempest and re-reading Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible (not sci fi) for a novel unit in the spring, and will teach Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle for another novel study later on. I'm hoping I can teach The Elegance of the Hedgehog as a high school students/teachers/staff/parents book club at the end of the year. If this doesn't run after all, I'll probably teach a month-long seminar on The Brothers Karamazov for gr.11/12 and some of our returning grads, who generally spend June at the school reconnecting, helping out, etc. We like to offer them a few seminars while they are visiting, and it is amazing to work with them after they have been at university for a year. They mature so much!

    Well, I have a massive amount of reading to do this afternoon. I'll try to be a better correspondent, Min, but my life is so crazy!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, and I hope you burn this challenge down, Dragon Sister!

    20 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2020 4:05:44 PM
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