Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: A Few of My Favourite Things

Dress:  J. Morgan Puett
Turtleneck:  Akris
Skirt:  Junya Watanabe
Tights:  Hue
Boots:  La Canadienne

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting There

From Copenhagenizecom
There's been a lot of discussion in Hamilton about the demise of the bus-only lane on a main thoroughfare through town and the inability of the city council to get the light rail transit system going.  So Environment Hamilton, the same folks who put together the Lake to Lake ride I did last June, have started a campaign called Throw Council on the Bus, which lets Hamilton residents pledge money for a councillor (or multiple ones) to commute by bus for a week.  You wouldn't believe some of the blow-back and some of the excuses.   It's clear that many of the councillors are out of touch with reality and have no understanding of the integral part public transportation plays in many people's lives.

In  the meantime, the Hamilton Bike Share program, SoBi, has deployed a number of bikes throughout the city ahead of the March launch.  Initially I thought I had no need for a bike share membership; after all, I do own four bikes.  However, last week, I was meeting the ladyfriend for a gift consult after my regular "beer and a half" date with a friend.  It was then that I realized that if I had a SoBi account, I could ride to my various appointments and catch a ride home with the ladyfriend (I know - the accursed car!) rather than meet her at home ten minutes later (okay, I know, poor Claudia - waaah, another ten-minute bike ride.  I know, I know).  All this to say, while city council is dragging its heels and investing in the continuance of car culture, there are little victories all over the city.  Every time I ride my bike, I feel like I'm contributing to the greater bike culture of Hamilton.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Updo

Sweater:  No label (Mom thinks Comme des Garcons)
Skirt:  Comme des Garcons
Tights (not seen): Wolford
Socks (not seen):  Target
Boots (not seen):  Blundstones

Monday, January 26, 2015

On My Mind Mondays: I Want a Snow Day

 Looks like it's time to put the studded tires on.  I have to say - I'm kind of excited.

Sending warm thoughts to my friends and family in the blizzard zone!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Chin In Hand Takes the Pressure Off

Dress:  Aida Barni
Vest:  Dolce & Gabbana
Tights:  wool but label unknown
Boots:  La Canadienne

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Still January; Still Time to Set Goals

I'm sure I said I don't make resolutions, and the following list is not so much a list of resolutions, but a list of goals and milestones that could help move my writing forward.  I've adapted my list from Brooke Warner's, of SheWrites, list of 52 Things - Ideas for Writers 2015.  Amazingly, I actually edited it down (rather than my usual urge to add/complicate).  I intend to amend/edit it as I accomplish one thing or another, and I will be happy if I do half of these things over the course of the year.

Here's my version of Brooke's list:
  1. Start or join a writing group.
  2. Guest post for a blog you read/admire.
  3. Commit to a certain number of submissions a month, and stick to it for the whole year.
  4. Read a banned book during Banned Book Week, September 27 - October 3, 2015. For a list of banned books, visit:
  5. Submit a story to a call for submissions for an anthology.
  6. Buy a book for a child or teenager in your life for no reason at all.
  7. Commit to writing a certain number of words per week, or per month.
  8. Attend a local author reading, or two or five or ten.
  9. Support your local bookstore.
  10. Write a book review and put it on your blog or your website.
  11. Do one thing that truly champions another writer.
  12. Read a book that falls way outside your general area of interest.
  13. Go to a writers’ conference.
  14. Apply for residency retreats, like Hedgebrook.
  15. Do a 500 Words challenge. Writers like Jeff Goins have sponsored these kinds of challenges, where you write 500 words a day for a set number of days—a month or longer. Give it a whirl!
  16. Read your work out loud, either at an open mic night or at a literary event.
  17. Write and publish either an e-book or a chapbook. These can be as short as 25 or 30 pages (single stories or essays) and they can get your work on the map.
  18. Enter your work into a contest. You have nothing to lose!
  19. Map out a timeline for your book, or for your next book. Consider when would be a reasonable publication date for your book and write it down. Post it somewhere where you can see it to hold that date as a goal.
  20. Commit to a certain number of blog posts a month—one, two, four—and stick to it for the whole year.
  21. If you don’t already have a website, start one. If you have a website you know needs a facelift, commit to giving it one.
  22. Memorize a poem.
  23. Get involved with my local library.
  24. Make a list of your top ten favorite books in your own genre and reread two of them.
  25. Do something that shows your commitment to writing—plant something or buy yourself a house (or office) plant; get a piece of “writing” jewelry; or create or purchase something that’s meaningful to you that you see every day as a reminder to yourself about the meaning writing holds in your life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Winter Gothic

Shirt:  Karen Klein
Skirt:  Shack/J. Morgan Puett
Tights: Hue
Boots:  La Canadienne