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For A Better Life

Halifax, Canada statue dedicated to the emigrant.The port city of Halifax, Canada already felt welcoming even before I happened upon this statue dedicated to the emigrant. It’s bronze and marble, proudly displayed on a pedestal high enough to show respect for the subject and yet accessible enough to see the beauty and determined forward movement. It was donated by the artist, Armando Barbon, himself an immigrant from Italy.

It’s a timely meditation. None of my ancestors were born on this continent. None were “founding fathers.” All faced discrimination, worked hard and made something of themselves. They transitioned into Americans.

Thanks, Canada, for reminding me of the value in that.

The Summer of Firstevers: Connecting the Events

Saint John, NB. Canada (8/26/15)If last year was the Summer of Free Music, this was The Summer of Firstevers.

Leaving Halifax

I took my first cruise to my first visit to Canada. I was happily shocked that the huge ship was so stable that I often forgot that we weren’t in some landlocked resort, but rather, in the Atlantic Ocean. I will revisit the cities of Saint John and Halifax because a few hours is simply not enough time to experience a culture. I loved what I did see: the rugged coast, the historic structures, the friendly people, lighthouses. Even the rain, though inconvenient, seemed appropriate.

At the Reversing Rapids in Saint John, NB, Canada

I did my first Manhattenhenge, the event where the setting sun lines up with Manhattan’s crosstown streets. I have worked in Manhattan my entire adult life and only this year thought to view this phenomenon.

After exhaustive research (ok, mostly Pinterest searches) I discovered keratin products to to tame my curly, coarse hair. It’s laborious, and the blowing out will probably result in nicely defined upper arms. That would seem like a shallow accomplishment but we are often treated according to our appearance. It’s easier to leave the house knowing that I look my personal best.

I attended my first blogging conference and enjoyed it more than I anticipated. It’s still daunting to know how much technical, creative and monetary potential a blog has. I would love to find an in person, college-level, certificate granting course to make me a blogging expert.

school sign in Brooklyn

For the first time ever, I saw what it takes to set  up a classroom. I was honored to help my daughter clean and arrange the disorganized schoolroom that she was assigned. She did most of the work days before I arrived but there was plenty to wash and sort and hang on boards. I had no idea how many learning tools exist, from math manipulatives to finely-leveled readers, many of which had been haphazardly stored in very large bags.

So many disparate experiences, all connected by the chances to do and learn new things.  To be sure, I have spent a fair amount of time doing nothing of interest, but I am so grateful for the past few months’ growth opportunities.