Monthly Archives: February 2013

What Mountains Teach us About Citizenship: A Tedx Talk

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Visual Soliloquy #700 There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell, and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence…

There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell, and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #699 You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive poss ibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and…

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. –Ralph Marston

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Visual Soliloquy #698 Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face…

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. –Victor Hugo

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Visual Soliloquy #697 Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings…

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. ~C.D. Jackson

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Visual Soliloquy #696 Whatever you are doing, take the attitude of wanting it directly or indirectly to benefit others…

Whatever you are doing, take the attitude of wanting it directly or indirectly to benefit others. Take the attitude of wanting it to increase your experience of kinship with your fellow beings. – Pema Chödrön

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Visual Soliloquy #695 If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too…

If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too. –Dr. Seuss

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From the classroom to a snow shelter: Students take what they learn about winter outside for the night

By Michelle Osmond Kelly, a Halifax native with not much camping experience, had a few things going against her. She’s scared of the dark, hates the cold, doesn’t like enclosed spaces (including sleeping bags), has a fear of being suffocated … Continue reading

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Fire up your Heart: Prayer Flags of Inspiration

My office has new decorations thanks to the Grade Four students at Holy Trinity School in Torbay. I presented the challenges and rewards of being an explorer to some of the Grade Four classes there. They listened attentively and then … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #694 Think and wonder, wonder and think…

Think and wonder, wonder and think. –Dr. Seuss

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Visual Soliloquy #693 I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living…

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.– Dr. Suess

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Visual Soliloquy #692 Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened…

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ― Dr. Seuss

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Visual Soliloquy #691 Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence…

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. ~Eric Fromm

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Finding your Everest: An interview with the Huddle

This is an interview I did with Aerin Guy of the The Huddle, an online community for physical educators. Huddlers, have I got a treat for you! In advance of the upcoming PESIC Conference in Corner Brook, Newfoundland next week, … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #690 You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again…

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One … Continue reading

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Live Life to its Fullest, Live the Life you Love, Love the Life you Live

There is a special bond that comes with sharing a tent with on a high altitude mountain with someone. You sleep close to another. You pee in your pee bottle next to them. They smell you. You smell them. You … Continue reading

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From Ferries to Pancakes

I had a grand adventure this morning heading off to Bell Island to speak at St. Michael’s Regional High School. I had to be up much earlier than usual to ensure I caught the ferry. The sunrise was spectacular and … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #689 If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather…

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.~Antoine De Saint Exupery

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From Snow Huts to Medals to Ripples in the Pond

Thursday I awoke deep in the woods of Pippy Park. My HKR 4210 students has successfully survived their nights in “snowballs” or quinzhees as they are more formally known. I was very proud of the students’ efforts in putting all … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #688 And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive…

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #687 The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion…

The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. –Sydney Smith

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Visual Soliloquy #686 Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night…

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. ~Kahlil … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #685 The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain…

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