Wednesday, May 17, 2017


This week I embarked on a change in diet. It is not a "diet" but rather a lifestyle change in eating habits. It was about 3 months ago that a friend and former co-worker, Kim, posted on Facebook that she was making a change in her way of gaining nutrition. She said it was because she was feeling less energy from day to day (Kim is a very busy lady with all she does work wise) and she also was not happy with the way her body was shaping up. I can say that I never thought looking at her that she was having body issues, but like a lot of us loose clothes will do the trick to hide a good number of things. I chatted off line with her a bit and then started to follow her progress as she shared it over the next few weeks.

I also started to read the online material from the company, Isagenix, and also did some searches for independent observations about their products and business plan. Kim was not quite finished her 30 day start up and was feeling so good about it she was not going to take advantage of their money back offer if a user is unsatisfied with the results. She invited me to participate in an online Facebook "conference" and it was quite a riot trying to keep up with the messaging, watch the presenters and answer all the skill testing questions. I asked some questions that would be pertinent to my involvement, if I chose to get involved, and ones related to my wife, Judy.

The next day I got on a conference call with Kim, Micheal and Luisa. More questions, more answers and finally a decision that I would like to present some data and documents to my doctor before seriously considering getting going. Judy decided she wanted to start and a few days later her starter kit came to the door. As of now, she is just completing her sixth week. During these six weeks Judy has had a number of questions about her response to these changes and Michael and Kim have been great to connect with her by conference calls, give her motivation and ideas. I can see some major differences happening for her and a number of her annoyingly small medical issues have disappeared. My doctor's appointment had to be cancelled for a week or so and when I did see him he said he could see no issues with my participation.

I had a few more questions and spoke on the phone with Michael and Kim, then had Kim put in my order. The 30 day package arrived yesterday and so I am two days into the plan. Obviously two days isn't going to see much change, but my eating habits are already improved as both yesterday and today, three meals are in the plan replacing my long time habit of toast and coffee for breakfast, nothing or a sandwich for lunch and then a pretty reasonable dinner. I have also (temporarily LOL) cut alcohol from my diet although the program does not require that I do this. I did discuss with Michael that I will be on the program 100% for 9 days and then am off with a group of friends on a golf trip for a week and then with Judy and three other couples at a VRBO in Naramata, wine shopping and drinking and eating some good food. For that two weeks I will take some product with me and work at trying to be conscious of what I consume. Then, in mid June I will be back on track with the program again. So, the purpose of this blog entry is to tell my little blog world - if anyone is actually still reading since it has been a while since I last posted. And it will provide me with a bit of a journal of my successes. I know I will have some. When I cruise in the Caribbean in October, my body will be different.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Persuasive Writing

I must say that today was another wonderful day at work. I have had many of them over my 40+ years, but my return to Cedar Grove Elementary to work today for the principal, Kerry Mahlman, was a delight. I have so many good memories of this school from my previous years working there.

In the last few weeks here on the Sunshine Coast we have had a number of cougar sightings and the photo to the left was taken by a fellow in Roberts Creek and made the news with a story on the CBC.

One of my tasks today was to spend some time with the grade 7 class doing a persuasive write. Ms. Mahlmann had suggested using this current events story as a starter for this activity. At the beginning of class we watched the 2 minute video and then talked about my recent readings on Facebook Sunshine Coast sites where this is a topic of discussion about three possible solutions. These were to relocate the cougars to another part of British Columbia, to kill the cougars or to let them move up the Coast until they found their way to mountains. The students were to choose one of these three options, or suggest a fourth, and then to write the body of a letter to the conservation officer suggesting their solution for dealing with the wildlife. They were not given much time for this task - approximately fifteen minutes. Not all the students were successful with this writing, but all gave it a go. Two of the students asked if theirs could be published and I said I would put this on my blog for today.

Kali wrote:

I believe the conservation officer should let the cubs be. People should intervene only if the cubs kill pets or livestock. The cubs should be left alone because right now they are not harming anyone or doing anything to interrupt the Sunshine Coast. If we let them Carry one then most likely they will find their way up the mountain and in the process of doing that, they will not affect us.

Hanna wrote:

I believe that the cougars should not be harmed. The cougars should be left to do what nature wants them to, but at the same time if they started to harm people or pets, they should be transported not killed. Killing the cougars would be barbaric. If they were going to harm someone it would only be because they thought they were in threat and in that case people should be more smart and just let them be.

Good job ladies.

Here are a few more photos from today.

IXL with Mrs. Chambers, a lovely note to a Kindergarten child from her mom and buddy work at the close of the day.

Monday, December 16, 2013


I admit to being a Twitter fan. I have been for years and find a lot of things of interest to things I do today in my retired life. I follow wineries that produce the wines I enjoy. I follow golfers who are friends of mine, professional, and who write about golf. My interest in photography is enhanced by reading about and seeing others photographs. I also maintain a strong interest in K-12 education and while I do not follow as many contributors as I did in my working days, I feel that I have a good network of those I do follow. One of my interests over the past number of years, both when I was working, and now as grandfather and ocassional presenter at schools, is internet safety. Usually when a link to a good resource is posted, as happened last week, I bookmark it or retweet it or favourite it so that it is part of my personal feed. In case of that link, I neglected to do any of those good things. Consequently when I was looking for it about 4 days later, I could't recall who had made the original post.

So, I made this post, however as often happens when a question is posed on line, I don't get a response that answers the question. This is not a criticism as often I do get an answer, specially if the question is a bit easier to resolve.

So, I began to think of how I might solve the problem. I had searched for some key words, however there was one aspect of the search function I had never used and thinking about it, I should have.

I went back over the keywords I had used before, this time selecting the People you follow option. Finally, the keyword talk, brought up the tweet I was looking for.

Thanks to Craig Badura for his creation of this presentation, and thanks for pointing out a new app, Smore, that might be useful.

Love Twitter, and love to have learned something new about searching for a tweet from a member of my PLN.