The Epistle of Q — Chapter Thirty-Seven (Part C)

I managed to continue the musical madness on Monday evening, by driving in to Vancouver in time to catch the VSO concert at the Orpheum. I always thought that Vancouver pulled off a real coup when they recruited Bramwell Tovey from the Winnipeg Symphony to be their conductor. He is not only very funny with […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Thirty-Seven (Part B)

Further to my question about musical madness happened later on Saturday evening. There is an incredible choir in the South Okanagan called Musaic Vocal Ensemble. Directed by Tracy Stuchbery, a graduate of McGill, and accompanied by Dennis Nordlund, who has studied at U of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) and UBC, this choir draws on singers from Kelowna […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Thirty-Seven (Part A)

Do we at times suffer from music madness? I ask this because this weekend I really got into music. Perhaps it was started by my attendance at a delightful event within the Osoyoos Oyster Festival where they paired whiskeys with oysters and they did it so well that I wanted to sing!! Anyway, Saturday morning […]

As an Aside — second thoughts

Tonight at Okanagan College, the very popular Speakers Series addressed the “role of exercise & nutrition in brain health”. This was an excellent presentation by Scott Forbes (who, incidentally, got his Ph.D. from my alma mater — but that isn’t why I’m impressed, as impressive as that might be). He started by pointing out in […]

A quick response to Chapter Thirty-Six (Part A)

Guess what, hope can lead to better tomorrows… just received word this afternoon that the Edmonton Public Schools system has a very dynamic approach to music throughout its elementary programs. As soon as I can figure out how to upload the curriculum guide I will… it is very encouraging and should result in better educated […]

As an Aside

If you are over fifty and wondering about how you are going to afford retirement, you must go see “Going in Style”. It would enough of a reason just because the main stars are over fifty: Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret… but this film is absolutely hilarious. I’m not going to spoil it […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Thirty-Five

When will we finally recognize Hamas as a truly evil organization? I’m an educator. According to most of my students I’m a fairly good one. My ethics, leadership and organizational development classes always rated high evaluative marks from my students whether they were in grad school, professional studies or undergrads. My pedagogy and my curricula […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Thirty-Four

What is it like to end a ski season when there’s still lots of snow on the mountain? Today marked the end of my ski season. The hill is still open tomorrow and Sunday, but as I have some pressing work to get done, I thought I should target today as my last day. It’s […]