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Mary Smith
Interests: Hi, my name is Mary Smith. I always find it hard to explain what something is "about". When I was in university, I loved writing essays, although I often got the question, "but what is your thesis? What is the main idea?" Well, the meaning of life, of course! I love to think big. My mind is full of ideas, observations and quirky jokes that I love to share. I also believe in a practise described in the Bible, of focusing our thoughts and view on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, and of course funny and outrageous too! I started to do this through visual journaling and when I heard about blogging, I thought, sounds great. Life is full of such riches. Seize life, I say!!!!
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Hi, Cathy, thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm glad that a fellow Canadian teacher could use it for a Canada unit! I'm so glad that they turned out well for your students! Flattered to hear that!
Hey, I was going to write "well said" too! Contentment can bring so much more joy in the now than constantly striving to "improve". I heard it's not even a healthy practice to make resolutions anymore-just leads to disappointment and unmet expectations. Happy new year Martina!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2014 on Owning 2014. at FreshMD
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I absolutely love the idea-brilliant! Had no idea this was possible, so thank you so much for sharing, Martina. Just might have to try this next year:)
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2014 on Christmas tree by permit. at FreshMD
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Love those blueberry-stained cheeks! A wonderful tradition. Two posts! Are you back? HOpe so!
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He is a major cutie!!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2013 on 27 August at Uncommon Grace
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Funny thing is, it was my first day all to myself and I was looking forward to the kids coming back home after school:)
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2013 on Back to school. at FreshMD
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Thanks, Lesley! It was so great to see you at P.R. Hope to see you more next summer!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2013 on Front Porch at Such Things
I am completely amazed by your garden and all that you do with what you have harvested. Thanks for the continual inspiration! We are just getting started at gardening: http://www.suchthings.ca/my_weblog/2013/08/from-our-garden.html
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2013 on in the summer kitchen at SouleMama
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I think the best way to teach students about Canada is to take the most visual journey possible. The next best thing to actually taking a trip. When teaching about the Prairie provinces, the book If You Are Not from the Prairie, written and illustrated by David Bouchard, is a powerful teaching tool both in it's poetic language and painted imagry. I read it slowly to the students, emphasizing the repetitive words, "flat", "sky", "grass", "wind". After the reading, as a class, we discuss the pictures, focusing on the horizon, the colours, foreground and background. The students choose from photocopies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Seedlings
It was so great to see you and Evan too, Kirsten. The two of them spent lots of time together and even had some quality time eating ice.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2013 on This Six Year Old Boy at Such Things
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In a world full of Ipods, video games and Youtube, I think it is vital to give children plenty of opportunity to engage their natural curiosity. In the beginning of the school year, before the weather starts to cool down too much, I take the children outside into the forest behind our school on variety of "nature quests". We usually have a specific discovery, something that I ask the kids to look for, and then a period of free exploration so that they can make discoveries of their own. This creates springboards for future lessons and learning. Meaningful and interactive.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Seedlings
We love it!!! We go every year. There is a lot to do, so you can make a day of it. I recommend going in late Sept., early fall before it gets too busy.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2012 on Snapshots::Early October at Such Things
Thanks, Martina! That's so nice of you to say! I had to grow my hair because I noticed all the beautiful movie stars have long hair:)
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2012 on Steveston, B.C. at Such Things
Lovely choices!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2012 on loving right now at artsy-crafty babe
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Hope you enjoy it!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2012 on Sun-dried Tomato Basil Dip at Such Things
Happy summer to you too! Looks like you are having a good one!!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2012 on Happy First and Fourth! at Such Things
Hi, Rosa, This was freezer jam too, and thanks for mentioning that, because I forgot to mention that in my post!:)
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2012 on Strawberry Freezer Jam at Such Things
Thanks, Rosa! Miranda was pretty happy to have that catch. I posted it as my first "pin" on pintrest! Thanks for introducing Mark and I to that!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2012 on Father's Day Hike at Such Things
Gorgeous quilt! I absolutely love the colours!!
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She reminds me of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2012 on farm girl fashion at SouleMama
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It was just amazing, Jen!! I think your trip certainly inspired us too!
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2012 on From Glory to Glory at Such Things
Thanks for sharing those. What a wonderful project and keepsake!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2012 on Flying Books at Quince and Quire
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I'm afraid I can't take credit for the pickles. They were at a country store and inspired me. I did do my first canning, though and hope to share on my next post! Smiles, Mary:)
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2011 on September to October at Such Things