The Colours of My Life

My life
was once filled with the grey of:
cloudy days,
rain and drizzle,
repetition ad nauseum,
plodding steps with mire encased feet,
hunched shoulders,
frowns — never smiles,
managing and maintaining,
sustaining the status quo,
trying to avoid the cracks in the pavement,
being careful and forever watchful,
blending in by trying to be less than,
compacted rage,
distrust,
resentment,
forever denied intensity.

But that was then.

Now
my world is filled with delicious hues:
cotton candy tastes pink,
coffee smells brown
and so does the damp earth,
mown grass smells green
and so do cucumbers,
laughter sounds purple —
my favourite colour,
smiles are bright yellow,
soul stirring music is a deep royal blue.

I marvel at the possibility of
innumerable shades of
red and green and blue.
They transfix me
with their transparent depth.
They fill my heart with delight,
and remind me of the potential
and joy of creation.

My life can be draining and drab
or made of a life-affirming tapestry.

The choice is mine.

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About Authentic Vibrations

My life is about learning and personal growth. I was an educator in the public secondary system for over 33 years. I now work with women, individually and in small groups, using words and music, art and language to help them explore their individaul sense of self in ways with are authentically meaningful for each of them. I also facilitate discussions with educators at all stages of their involvement in the teaching profession to help each of us explore the meaning, value and potential of learning and teaching. It is my belief that, in working individually and in collective, we have the power to transform and evolve. In the power of the collectives which we create together is the power to create culture. As a musician, I believe that the arts have the power to change lives. Certification: CODE Model™ Coach WEL-Systems® Institute Affiliate Education: Ed. D (c) (Applied Psychology – Focus on Teaching) University of Toronto M. Ed (Curriculum Development and Design) Queen’s University (1992) B. Ed (Music, English, Elementary Education) University of Toronto (1976) Mus. Bac. (Music Education) University of Toronto (1975) RCM Grade 4 Harmony, Grade 4 History, Grade 9 Voice, Grade 10 Piano Awards: Life Membership, Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (2009)
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