ways to navigate through
. . . moving forward
Even when life seems overwhelming and happiness is out of reach, know that this time will pass and circumstances do change. Even when hurts and inner pain seem intolerable or you feel alone and isolated, there are those who care about you.
(c) *Abbreviated list excerpt from the books; “Angel Guides, love communication”, “Soul Calling, your angel guided life purpose”, “Sacred Space, mind body soul after sexual abuse” By; Jan Porter.
“The power of your ancestors and the magic of the cosmos is in your DNA!"
*Jan Porter is a seasoned personal growth and fiction author;www.inspiredsoulworks.com.
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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
The world is changing into a global community and new opportunities for creativity and innovation are presenting themselves. Our values and expectations of the education system are moving toward inclusion of wholeness and altruism. While priority has been given to labour market trends, there remains a growing need for inclusion of other modalities to ensure self esteem, life skills and quality contribution to community at large. We have seen obvious shifts away from absolute respect for authority to autonomy. Keeping up with the exponential growth of technology is a concern, yet as north Americans, we are still steeped in stress and social ills.
Canadian labour market and lifestyle trends demonstrate shifting values in lifestyle and family value priorities creating a demand for flexibility in work and individual wholeness needs. Long gone are the days of life time commitments in employer/employee loyalty and for the most part, we tend to consider ourselves and family situations first.
Lifelong learning, individual growth and economic sustainability are facts of life in a rapidly changing world. As a parent or grand parent, we have seen phenomenal changes in public education systems, yet as a society one only has to follow current events to know that we have a long way to go in order to grow healthy fulfilled and contributing adults. To answer the probing questions of how now best to instil basic knowledge in our children, in order to produce good citizens, while providing all of the other social, emotional and spiritual needs, many are turning away from public education systems and shopping for private school alternatives.
Teachers of the future, who are able to literally translate information in new and meaningful ways, may be required to begin their specialities sooner, with significant awareness of diverse cultures. Creativity and innovation is an absolute must, with versatility in cultural applications for flexibility in global marketplaces. Exponential changes in technology must be balanced with social-emotional wellbeing.
Paradigm Education Academy of Creative Enlightenment (PEACE) is the vision of Director, Susan Terry. With Susan’s expertise in Montessori, a touch of Waldorf in hand, and the added stateside creative methodology brain child of Creative Educational Systems, PEACE school will soon open it’s doors. Visionary and Associate Director, Robert Young, teachers and staff operate within arts-in-education principles that evolve around man’s symbiotic relation with nature.Drawing on their particularareas of expertise and experience, they act as guides and role models to ensure nurturing a vision of growing creative, joyful and highly evolved young citizens.
For more information contact Susan Terry, Director, B.A., B.Ed, directly: Paradigm Education Academy of Creative Enlightenment, P.O. Box 146, Callander, Ontario, Canada, P0H 1H0, http://peace-school.org, email@example.com.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter, www.inspiredsoulworks.com
Hosting a Successful Event
Guest speakers, performers and workshop facilitators need their host organizations to help in the preparations to ensure that the event is as successful as possible.
Here are some helpful tips:
Before you make an announcement of the event:
Contact the agent directly as soon as possible and confirm your preferred date, time, location and directions.
Negotiate the event format, eg; open/closed, number of readings, lecture/interactive
If would like the author to speak or comment on other topics that may interest your group or class, refer to the Bio first and then negotiate content.
Order a sufficient supply of the Author's book well in advance; 4 weeks if possible.
If the author lives out of your area; discuss meals & accommodation availability.
Make sure the guest has a back up contact person’s information, in case of any emergency and vice versa.
Inform the agent of any special accommodations your staff or organization may need.
Advise the agent if the event is intended to be a fundraiser.
Gather a good audience:
Open to the public Events;
Fax/Email a press release to local media at least 3-4 weeks ahead. Include the Author/Speaker's promo package. A sample can be provided by the promoter.
Advertise in local newspapers. Invite your local news reporters and set up an interview.
Make use of radio/television/newspaper public service announcements. They are free.
Notify special interest groups--book clubs, local service clubs, schools, libraries, creative writing classes, senior citizen groups and professional associations. They can provide a ready-made market.
Set up a display complete with author's photos and books along with your organization’s promotional materials that is visible before, during and after the event.
Make a simple poster & flyer for distributing to local libraries, cafes etc.
Notify your staff and clientele; in your calendar of events, handout flyers and your organizations website.
Closed to the public events:
Make a simple poster & flyer for distributing through out your organization.
Notify your group in your calendar of events, with memos, flyers and on your website.
Set up a display complete with author's and your organization’s promotional materials before, during and after the event. Some promotional materials are available from the promoter.
Choose a Good Location:
Space: Provide a comfortable space with comfortable chairs for the guest and the audience.
Display Table: Books, products, promotional materials etc..
Sound System: If the room is large, such as an auditorium, be sure the sound system is conducive for the audience to hear the author and that the author can hear individuals in the audience. Be sure that the room is noise free; turn off all noisy equipment during the event.
Climate Control: Be sure the room temperature and lighting is comfortable.
Event Host: Delegate an Master of Ceremonies to introduce the guest, direct the agenda and close the event. Be sure to allow time for a question and answer period and time for signings following the event.
Ode to Black Fly
A.k.a.; Buffalo Knat, May Fly or %$#&^.
I’m sure that it is helpful to know that this winged critter is a member of the Simuliidae of the Culicomorpha Infraorder family. You may also be interested to know that there are some 1,800 known species of black flies around the globe, thankfully 11 are extinct and Canada is home to more than 100 of them. They get their nourishment by feeding on the blood of other animals, as well as us. The most popular nuisance for unsuspecting and ill prepared tourists, they can and spread disease. (Yes, I checked Wiki)
Ask some seasoned Northerners who love to share stories of ‘Black Fly Madness’ and you forego your tour and retreat to the mall.
Be of faith and fear not.
Ask other more seasoned Northern dwellers who respect the critter’s reign on how they cope and they will tell you that in knowing their habits, what is the best way to survive and enjoy your time outdoors. Basically, their seasonal reign begins toward the end of May on through until mid to late summer and are most active at sunset. (Good to know that they do go to bed at night and spare us with their inability to live long indoors.) Also good to know is, that their larvae thrive in flowing water, creeks and waterfalls. The adults have an uncanny knack for finding hair lines, eyes, ankles, entrances via sleeves and pant legs but don’t seem to bite through most clothing. Oh and yes, they do bite repeatedly. Bites are those small, bloody and intensely itchy spots behind our ears and elsewhere that can cause headaches, nausea and even lymph node swelling or allegoric reactions.
Like me, another unsuccessful master of the Black Fly high road is Wade Hemsworth.This traumatised fellow wrote the musical ditty; "The Black Fly Song" in 1949 while working in the wilds of Northern Ontario. Incidentally, the song became an animated National Film Board short film 1991; www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly, or on You Tube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo&feature=related.
Give in to the critter madness and start a new festival or at least a new summer Olympic sport of Black Fly racing.
Take respite indoors with some ‘Black Fly Beer’ and watch re-runs of the short lived ‘Black Fly’ television series. Or curl up and read Giles Blunt’s novel; “Black Fly Season” and read about murder in Algonquin Bay where the black flies aren't the only ones out for blood. Story comes complete with an Ojibwa shaman, and a good haunting.
On the upside, there are those who firmly believe that they actually pollinate Blueberries which are rich in antioxidants and yummy.
What to do:
Timing: Strategize your day and avoid being outside during the morning, late afternoon and early evening. That means the bonfire is best after 9pm, after they’ve retreated for the night.
Clothing: Wear light colours, tuck in your shirt and pant legs into socks or try a mosquito net for your head.
Repellents: You can ammo yourself with insect chemical warfare and expensive attire. Commercial products such as Citronella might work but may need to be re-applied frequently. My father swears by the spraying of self and surrounding area with Listerine.
Change Perspective: This is the higher theory and not quite wholly mastered by the author; change how you think of this critter. In your OM approach, visualize the little critters contentedly pollinating wonderful blueberries and staying clear of you.
Whatever method you choose in order to cope, may the calm of ‘the All That Is’ be with you this Black Fly season an enjoy your summer.
Written By; Jan Porter copyright 2010
Kudos - John Foreman
Ever notice how upon meeting new people, some just seem to stand out, with their spirit staying with in your thoughts long after the conversation took place?
Regional semi-celebrity John Foreman graced the fundraiser for Maggie's Resource Centre and launch of Mystical Voices magazine this past May with a display of authentic Broad Axe Hand Hewing and folk music, is also the talent behind the Millennium Park’s bands shell built in 2001.
A side conversation drifted into John’s personal philosophy regarding forest management and harvesting practices. My mind drifted to a blurb, in the news recently about David Suzuki’s Foundation’s new Agreement with other Sustainable Forestry partners.
Once back at home office, I Googled the topic. (Incidentally, John has a web site for those wanting to now about his handhewing works, as well as videos on You Tube. )
‘The Canadian government, and several environmental organizations, which address some 72 million hectares of public forests, primarily Boreal Forest. The intent is to conserve forest and other wilderness areas while protecting caribou and numerous other living things within. Hopefully this initiative will mean a turning point to address our vision for the future. Since a vast majority of Canada’s Boreal Forest is First Nations territory, with Aboriginal treaty rights and title issues still unresolved,government is obligated to consult with Aboriginal people as partners, in order to do justice to our grander vision.
On a more micro level, are the John Foreman’s of the world, who in the early 1990’s found his grandfather's broadaxe on the garage floor of the old Foreman family homestead. His Broadaxe methodology, used in manufacturing square timber, and in the Band Shell, is the craft of hand hewing where this interesting pushing 80 lumberjack continues to build and teach. John speaks softly from his soul attempting to articulate his philosophy and approach to finding and choosing his woodworking material. Reminiscent of Suzuki’s own Biological systems and Productivity Theories. Simply, Suzuki and Foreman share a view in a harmonious human and nature balance of long-term maintenance and wellbeing that depends on the health of nature while responsibly using natural resources. While Scientists and Academics research and develop new technologies, John’s approach is not new.
So if you happen to be in downtown Bancroft’s ‘Millennium Park’, consider the band shell’s stage design and the man’s philosophy behind the structure; Kudo’s to John foreman; innovative thinker, handhewing expert and talented musician! www.handhewing.com
written by; Jan Porter, copyright June 2010
My wilderness son introduced me to Geocaching some two years ago, I can’t recall ever having had so much fun toddling about the country side is search of hidden treasure boxes.
So what is it?This outdoor treasure hunting activity is where people try to find hidden containers using latitude and longitude coordinates with a handheld GPS receiver. The GPS unit is used to navigate by entering the coordinates of the location that hosts the container. Now, the GPS only displays direction and distance to a destination, but once you get there, you still have to interpret the clues in order to find the hidden container, which can be as small as an old photo film or as large as Tupperware tub. Apparently some containers
Are as big as a 5 gallon bucket and some are donning camouflage coverings. Now that you have found the locations container, opening it up is a logbook for geo hunters to sign. Other trinkets within are for trade and add to the fun. The rule of thumb here is that if you take one out you put another in, typically, something interesting or some Geo Hunters have signature items, such as; crests, badges, coins, toy dinosaurs etc.
Geocaching is getting folks like myself, out hiking, walking, exploring nature, learning local history and the environment.
Geocaching can be considered a high tech treasure hunt version of orienteering with it’s inception in 2000 by the US military with the original intent to increase the accuracy of civilian use of their GPS satellites by a factor of 10. Growing at a phenomenal rate of more than 450,000 Geo Hunters in over 192 countries.
To find out more information about Geo Hunting, check online; www.geocaching.com., See how and where users search for caches, then download the data into their GPS's, while keeping track of the caches they've found.
One such concentrated Geo area is the Wilberforce and Greater Surroundings, which boasts as the "Geocaching Capital of Canada" www.GeocachingCapitalOfCanada.com.
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
Kudos! The Isle of Eigg—HEAD, HAND and HEART.
This community, in Scotland is in actuality, a Sustainability Centre that is proactively working to find hands on solutions to global environmental problems. Current project aims are: to reconnect people with nature, inspire people to reduce impact on the earth, promote ecological technologies and ways of living, while encouraging a greener mentality.
A few of their current projects are; using the islands sheep's wool as insulation that is sprinkled with Quassia chips to deter moths, solar panels with trackers, a vehicle designed for transporting goods that is an electric milk float which is recharged by hydro and solar power, addressing Dry Rot by curing damp materials and treating the good wood with natural linseed oil.
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, set up in 1997 to secure the island's sustainable future with Earth Connections, provides practical demonstration projects, workshops and residential courses. Reconnecting People with Nature courses include elements of ecobuilding, organic gardening, climate change, and wilderness exploration.
For more info: www.islandsgoinggreen.org, www.earthconnections.org.uk
“What is required of a man to be considered a measure of a man? Does one need to be a war hero, a great writer, politician, a righteous holy person, or an every day person that contributed to those around him? Dad was just my Dad, he did not achieve any requirement to be famous. Words building stories in my mind is the praise I am able to place upon him. Describing his life and those moments I observed and shared with the man is giving my measure of a man.” Edmond Alcid; ‘a Print of a Man’ www.moosehidebooks.com
The Earth is Hiring?
A symposium of sustainable opportunities; ‘The Earth is Hiring’, was held Saturday April 10th in Bancroft. Among the topical guests, keynote speaker; Toronto’s Mayor David Miller graced the stage with the presence reminiscent of Bob Rae and Al Gore. Miller spoke of projects currently under way and to the events tag line; ‘How environmental responsibility creates jobs and saves millions of taxpayer dollars’. It is a topic that is here to stay and affects every aspect of our lives.
Worldwatch Institute's Green Economy Program proposes that environmental and economic crises share common root causes, therefore ought to be solved as such. Thus, the call for community action on a global scale and a search ensues for meaningful solutions for human wellbeing while addressing environmental concerns for collective long-term sustainability.
As those who have experienced job loss, significant financial constraints and insecurities know, job security in being able to put food on the table and pay day to day living bills is an imperative priority to being able to address the larger social and environmental issues.
Be informed; www.worldwatch.org,
written by; Jan Porter
May 24th; ‘Break Free Party Weekend or Queen Victoria’s Birthday?
When my children became of age to toddle off on there own one May 24 weekend, I wondered what the archaic old gal ‘Victoria’ must think from her ghostly throne, of the transition of her birthday celebration to one of spring blast and partying.
So who was this woman, who has such an hourable day, typically set aside for Deities?
Victoria, birth named; ‘Alexandrina Victoria’ was born into this world on 24 May back in 1819 was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the first Empress of India for a reign of over 63 years. This significant time period in history is otherwise known as the ‘Victorian era’. Nicknamed; ‘the Grandmother of Europe’, her power began an era of profound ‘progress’ in industry, politics, science, and military strategy within the United Kingdom that still has far reaching affects the global community.
Perhaps a toast this May 24th?
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
The Grail Festival & Peace Fest 2010; a wave of evolution upon us.
While attending the recent ‘Grail Lady Faire festival & symposium; for women who care about their planet’ or ‘The Enlightened Woodstock for Women’ this past month at Grail Springs in Bancroft, hosted by; founder Madeline Marentette, I found myself humbled and moved. Some 7 days of workshops amidst powerful, and inspiring women from across the United States, Canada, as far away as Australia, Peru, United Kingdom, Brazil and more. Blessed to be caught in a wave gearing up for the International Women’s Year 2011; a call for Conscious Humanitarian and Environmentalism, presentations were given from notable thought leaders, authors, wisdom keepers, musicians, recording artists, yoga masters, healers, entrepreneurs, visionaries and green business leaders. Notable guests such as; Dale Allen and Janet Attwood renowned Inspirational Speakers, Pamela Gerrand a magical recording Artist, Vera Lopez a Wisdom Keeper from Brazil, Dr. Sugar Singleton and her mind blowing cellular healing techniques, and Alisa Starkweather who is the founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement, and more. All graced the stage and shared their knowledge with a portion of the ticket sales allocated to the 'Spirits of the Earth Foundation' in Peru. Media coverage with documentaries in the making and ongoing information available at; http://positivetv.tv/.
“If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.” ~ Indian Mystic Aurobindo
PEACEFEST GUELPH - Where the Conscious Come to Play, 1st Annual?
Hosted by founder; Theo Simms, www.theosimms.com, musician and seeming social activist brought a collection of profound shinning star talent to the stage July 10th, at the Riverside Concert band shell in Guelph. According to Theo, ‘there are over 2 million groups worldwide working towards social justice and environmental sustainability alone and countless committed & passionate individuals taking part. This event serves to acknowledge, celebrate and unify the greatest movement in human history.’ A gathering of talented musicians, such as Nabi Loney, Andrew McPherson & Shannon Kingsbury, Sam Turton & Jane Lewis, Prince Bamidel Bajowa, and Jenikz performed and renowned writer/poet Charlotte Fielden spoke. An event that naturally serves to promote networking for those intent on creating a harmonious presence on Earth. “We are all leaders and we are all followers. Let's make some changes ...and have fun doing it!” Check out this website to find out more about what is happening on these issues and more: www.globalonenessproject.org
written By; Jan Porter
New book: "The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother"
is finally born after a decade-long gestation and countless labour pains.
The original story of love between a Métis woman, Jane Howse, and Sam Livingston, a flamboyant Irishman, first published as Tell Me, Grandmother in 1985 by McClelland and Stewart, has been updated with new information, a new cover, and approximately 200 additional images (maps, photographs and illustrations), archival and modern.
Why The Ring? Their romance is symbolized by the ring given to Jane as a token of Sam’s undying love. Unusually wrought and engraved with the words IN MEMORY OF, it remains today as a legacy to the many descendants of this remarkable couple. The Ring appeals to adults and children alike, to people of all ages who are fascinated or curious about their past. It reveals how life can often turn full circle in mysterious ways.
You can find more about this book on Lyn Hancocks newborn website www.lynhancock.com and www.grandmotherjanesring.com.
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(Author of "There's A Seal In My Sleeping Bag", "Winging It In The North," "Nunavut," "Western Canada Travel Smart," and 15 other titles, including the new "Tabasco The Saucy Raccoon" and "The Ring".)
For booking a presentation, contact Lyn directly.