Curiosity & Adventure Spiral
When opposing water currents meet, they spontaneously create whirlpools, swirling, spinning waters. The movement of the water at the base of Niagara Falls is strong and violent because there is so much rushing water falling down the Great Gorge into the moving rapids below. The pressure creates a swirling vortex, a water spiral that moves the water around and then out into Lake Ontario.
My Comfortable Life
Puffy recliner. Fleecy blanket. Steamy tea. Binge television. Glowing fireplace. I ache for cozy, lazy moments when my mind and body can sink into a fog of “relaxation.” I crave time to do nothing but feel snuggly.
It is September. At recess four primary students use giant sidewalk chalk. They rub it on the brick window ledge over and over in the same spot so chalk dust accumulates. When they have a small pile of dust, they stop.
From Sunshine to Spirals
Metaphors are good teachers. For nearly fifteen years I learned from the metaphor “sunshine in a jar” by exploring it in my writing and thinking. When I started work on The Writing Spiral, another metaphor landed on my page with lessons to share.
I have always loved questions.
My earliest memory of using questions in my teaching was about fifteen years ago. Grade 11 high school English. We studied Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Using a piece of blank 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, I wrote in black sharpie the names of themes around the edges of the page, leaving the centre blank. Friendship, good, evil, life, death, nature, survival, rules, and so on.
In March 2013, I travelled to New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii as a chaperone on a school trip. Here are some of my treasures I bought on vacation or just before I departed:
How has history impacted your work? Has it slipped into your created worlds? Has it inspired the people who inhabit them? If we fall too deeply down this well of thought it becomes impossible to separate the influences of history from our work. The stories of the past whisper in all our stories.