I tell stories and I help people tell their stories.
I have been telling stories for upwards of 20 years. During this time, I have taught languages and learned them (English, Japanese and French), I have ghost written for people, proofread tons of stuff, written for magazines, published my own magazine, and (nearly, 99%) completed an MSc degree. I have homeschooled my 4 boys, taught storytelling to kids, and taken a few storytelling courses. I have volunteered in storytelling circles. I have told stories at Touchstones museum. I have participated in Nanowrimo for 6 years straight, and won a few times. (This means that I have written 50,000 words “for fun” during the month of November for the past 6 years.)
I have taught the (CAE) Cambridge Advanced Exam and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), and the people I taught did well on their exams.
I have passed the JLPT, level 3 and *almost* passed level 2. This is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
I have passed with honors the Diplome de Langue from the Alliance Francaise, and passed the Diplôme Superieur de Langue et Littérature. This was a 9 hour exam in French literature and language.
While teaching English, I have been known to sing “Grammar Queen,” a song I made up, to the tune of “Dancing Queen” which has encouraged my students to love English Grammar. (Which I do have an affinity for. Which is why I can break its rules with such aplomb.)
By the way, my MSc degree is in Mental Health Counseling. I am changing it to Psychology. I love psychology, and love narrative theory + mindfulness.
I think one more thing that is important to know is that I have lived in several countries and visited many. I thrive on adventure and connecting with people.
Hired by American Active Travel company Backroads; led hiking, biking, multisport, cross country and backcountry skiing trips in the Canadian Rockies and hiking and biking trips in Bali, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland and California for fifteen years.
In between called the Rockies home from the Sunwapta Warden station on the Banff Jasper highway to Canmore Alberta. Became the guardian of a very smart Houdini-like Belgian Sheepdog.
After nine years in the Rockies gave up plugging the car in and moved to the Kootenays, bought a house and went back to school at the Kootenay School of the Arts in clay.
Purchased a squash club in Nelson with husband and learned to bar tend and stay up late; also worked an insurance gig, at a vet’s office and for the local MLA, Corky Evans.
Eventually found my way back to my roots and a love of the written word. Wrote an adventurous 91,000 word story set in Switzerland and worked again for Backroads writing newsy information about exotic locales. Hired by Nelson Landing, a housing development in Nelson to blog about history of the area.
Household consists of two people, pugnacious terrier, polydactyl cat and sensitive Pyrenees Sheepdog.
Have revived Hyatt’s Clay Studio and am an independent pen for hire.
Drawing upon the above experience I will share with you the hearty, hale and happy choices of activities available from Nelson to Balfour, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Lardeau and beyond. Follow this Blog which explores 108 healthy things to do in the Nelson and KootenayLake area to enter the virtual Kootenays. Better yet come see it all in person.