Tag Archive: Author

Nov 11

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary2: Greetings

Fly Catcher Boy introduces the reader to the “Top 4” greetings commonly used in Japan. First, ohayo (Ohio).  Ohayo is a casual, informal version of the more polite “ohayo-goziamas” which you should use when entering the school staff room or the local grocery store (after the staff shout “irrashai-mase” or welcome, in unison).  A humble head …

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Sep 21

Celebrating National Holidays in Japan

I arrived in Japan in the fall of 1994 and with the help of good friends I settled into my new life and began working as an English teacher.  It soon became apparent that Japan likes to celebrate….most anything, really!  Each month of the year a national holiday is celebrated…..many fall on a Monday, whether they like it …

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Mar 13

Finally……extreme makeover complete

Maybe you’ve noticed?  I’ve not been around for awhile but now I’m back….catching up on a few posts that have been waiting patiently in draft limbo: Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s SERENDIPITY 2012 , THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, began Friday, February 24th with a lovely dinner at UBC Golf Club.  Serendipity’s theme, ASIAN THEMES FOR YOUNG …

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Nov 17

Shichi-go-san celebrated November 15th in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by Japanese parents on the fifteenth of November, to mark the growth of their children as they turn three, five and seven years of age.  In my book, Fly Catcher Boy, Sumiko is celebrating her special day at the Shrine!  Kenji praises how “kawaii” (cute) she is as the families …

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Sep 05

Retreat…..

Oxford defines retreat as  “a period of seclusion for prayer and meditation.”  Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo added a “place of shelter or seclusion” to the mix giving me a weekend I won’t soon forget.

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Aug 03

On…and off… the road in B.C.

I love nothing more than a road trip, preferably on my own, with enough freedom to take back roads, explore, sit on a porch and talk to the townfolk.  So, on July 21st I set off from White Rock, destination: Kettle Valley area. Purpose?  TBA later on; however, I wanted to share Part 1 of …

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Jun 06

May 2011 Book Events

May 7:  Hosted by the Burnaby Public Library, the TD Literacy Tour kicked off with  “BEST MESS: Nurturing Young Authors”, featuring seven local BC authors sharing their best mess…including their own unique process of creation along with a short reading of their book. The afternoon also showcased Ted Staunton, a children’s book author since 1983, who …

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Sep 05

Continued….

  Written in Ajijic; posted in White Rock… As my departure date nears, people are asking “will you miss Mexico?”  Yes, of course.  I’m so glad that I came, faced the negative parts of living here for four years, and relaxed into what I love most about this area.  There are the givens: temperate climate, flora …

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