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2020

  • Quantum Possibilities

    As a math teacher, I appreciate arithmetic progressions and geometric patterns. The nature of the Fibonacci sequence is pleasing. Chaos theory is unfolding before our eyes. And, I am fascinated by quantum leaps. As we search for apt descriptions of our experiences over the past four months, I am deeply concerned about and also hopefully energized because innovative quantum change is possible today. 
  • Freckles in April

    I have not grown in isolation. I have not grown from my eleven-year-old height, nor have I grown much in emotional or spiritual ways. I have not found the cure for the virus, made a mind-blowing revelation or even gotten out of bed before eight in the morning. I was expecting more from myself; I was hoping that I could come out of this crisis with some kind of silver lining, some kind of tremendous proof that I did something. That I grew somehow. But the truth of the matter is, we are in the middle of a global pandemic and I have been in my house for over two months.
     
  • An Imaginary Flight Gives Us Wings

    Teaching through the pandemic while classrooms are closed and schools are shuttered is complex and multi-layered.  We crave the connection with our students. They miss their friends and classmates. We're all trying our best; from hastily carved out spaces at home, to maintaining a connection with each student so they know they still matter to us. Because they do and because we miss them. This week marks my 6th week of distance education for our Junior Primary students, and remarkably, despite initial misgivings and a very steep learning curve, I'm still going strong. And so are they. 
     
  • What If We Dance With COVID?

    Last week I was scheduled to give a talk at a local parish. We moved it to Zoom. I sat in front of my screen and what looked like a Peter Breughel painting stared back at me. In the bottom left corner an elderly couple wrestled over a tablet. In the top right, a man was bent over, twisting the rabbit ears of his modem, seemingly unaware that, behind him, his camera was already working fine and recording his partially covered rear in high definition. In the Zoom box beside him, two mouths and four nostrils were visible accompanied by an agitated voice shouting, “Is this free? This better be free, because I can’t see nothin’!”
  • And The World Played On


    You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.”
    - Robin Williams, August Rush
     
     
  • All Will be Well

    Over the past few days, a phrase which has been repeating in my head is, “All will be well, all will be well, all manner of things will be well”. This is the refrain of a song that my university choir sang, often during evening prayer. It is quite meditative in nature, and I share a recording of it here: All Will be Well - Steven C. Warner
  • A Successful School Homestay Program Requires Home and Heart

    A story in the news recently described the disturbing situation some families faced after they chose the wrong homestays for their children studying abroad in Canada. Broken promises, disregard for personal and cultural preferences, and worse, misappropriation of funds, are generally not the norm in the world of Canadian homestays, but they happen. 

    How do you protect your family? 

    After running a successful Homestay Program in conjunction with our International Program for almost 15 years, we have some recommendations. 
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