Tag Archive: education

Nov 27

Wicked jet lag….

I left Japan three weeks ago. Most days it seems utterly surreal that I spent an entire month living my life on another continent. Before I left I titled this trip: “Japan: Then & Now.”  Here’s my first attempt at that (unfulfilled) promise of regular blog posts!

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Feb 03

Happy Setsubun!

   While Setsubun (“seasonal division”) is not a national holiday, it is an important festival held in early February, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. For many centuries, the people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of …

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Jan 06

Japanese New Year

    O-Shogatsu (New Year’s Day) is the most festive occasion of the entire year for Japanese citizens . While we are scrambling for deals over the post-Christmas season, Japan is “closed for business”.  The Emperor’s birthday is celebrated on December 23 followed by traditional ceremonies and customs that last for several days.  Most Japanese people …

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Oct 23

Speed dating for Authors!

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable hosted an exciting event recently: DARK ALCHEMY: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum, featuring Kenneth Oppel talking about his new work “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein…and the Frankenstein Myth”. This engaging, humorous author held his audience in the palm of his hand as he offered some insights …

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Oct 09

National Sports Day in Japan~another national holiday

Canadian’s celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday while Japan celebrated Sports Day, a national holiday on the second Monday in October. This holiday was first observed in 1966 to mark the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. To commemorate the first ever Olympic games to take place in Asia, October 10 was made a national holiday. …

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Oct 05

Thank you to LIVE YOUR DREAM

Crystal Stranaghan, creator of LIVE YOUR DREAM website along with Jared Hunt, has posted an interview with me on their website. Most of you will know Crystal as the “Project Director/Tech Genius/Videographer” for my recent iBook re-launch of Fly Catcher Boy. That’s a pretty long title but believe me, this woman has more skills than …

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Sep 29

Updates to my website

After lots of hardwork and attention to detail, the “media” page on my website has been updated with new information, author/illustrator photos and bios, a press release, plus iBook & print version info sales sheets.  Thanks to my creative project manager, Crystal Stranaghan, for doing such a fine job……and, did I mention a new Youtube video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67sgPA5fTg

Jul 04

Thank you Keen Readers!

Sure, the writing and publishing road can be fraught with potholes, detours, or unexpected dead ends yet there are so many success stories, not all of them measured by best-sellers or high-profile book tours.  While my own publishing story came down to “right place, right time”, it was also loaded with all that is wonderful and exciting in a first …

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Jun 02

The wait is over…

Fly Catcher Boy for the iPAD* now available Fly Catcher Boy, first published by Gumboot Books, Vancouver 2009) has been re-worked and re-launched as a dual-language English story with Japanese words throughout, an interactive version brought to life by Simon Hayama’s narration, and Hailey Sabourin’s manga-style illustrations. The read-it-to-me page by page audio option with sound …

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