Even though I’ve graded any number of school and university students’ papers, exams and projects, I’ve never enjoyed it. That’s an understatement. I loathe grading!
So why did I volunteer to join a judging committee for a children’s writing competition?
I suppose I felt it was a small way to give back to the larger writing community. I’ve been so lucky to have wonderful generous mentors and friends who’ve taken the time to give me advice and feedback.
In any case, what could be so hard about helping judge a children’s writing competition?
In the Middle Ages anyone who had committed a serious crime would be given security for thirty-seven days if they used The Sanctuary Knocker on the door of Durham Cathedral.
In that time they had to decide whether they would stand trial or leave the country – or (according to the site I’ve linked below the photo) try to reconcile with those who had suffered from their wrongdoing.
I found The Sanctuary Knocker quite mesmerizing and ominous. Was it looking into my innermost soul to see if I was guilty? It’s actually a replica but obviously imbued with the right aura!
Well, actually it’s not so easy to be green in March in Montreal!
Easier in England where I’ve spent the last few weeks. It was a very stressful and sad time. But every morning during the 45 minute drive to the hospital I would soak in the colours of daffodils, primroses, and the blossoming trees…
In particular I found the sight of the green, green fields spreading out each side of the road very comforting.
When you see something green you know it is alive, right? It also means balance, calm and harmony. So it is a great color to have around when you are trying to restart yourself after a hard day. It is the reason we feel so great when we are out in the open. Color Psychology
I arrived back in Montreal just in time for the biggest snow storm of the winter so it was back to white. It snowed again all day yesterday (Friday). No green in sight….
..until I came across the photo below as I was cleaning up my desktop. I had to use it!
The frog was in the reeds at the edge of a lake in the Montreal Botanical Gardens (2013 Montreal International Mosaïcultures).
I’ve always had trouble watching artists take daring risks, such as this tightrope walker crossing St. Denis Street during Montreal’s Cirque Festival in 2016. Usually I cover my eyes and ask my husband to tell me when it’s over!
But he was having so much fun that I couldn’t not watch! Even though there was nothing between him and the hard street below.
“…we are not in control. We are a part of this planet, and must learn to live within in it. Attempts to bend it to our will, ultimately, won’t work. Every place yearns to be wild. Weeds push through asphalt. Roots tap into underground piping. I think it’s time we honour our place within a living planet, and work hard to ensure that our impact doesn’t stifle the beauty and vibrancy of the wild world.” 2016 Governor General’s Award Winners Jon Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka
“After all, we all came from water.” Big guy lifting weights at the gym last week to his trainer
Thanks to settleinelpaso for including me in the networking activity Three Days, Three Quotes. I’m not sure if I’ll manage another quotations post but appreciate the idea as a way to reflect on the beginning of a new year! Go check out the fun posts in Settle in El Paso, a family blog.