Renaissance, my retired teacher's magazine asked us to answer these questions:
|Setting the camera timer I took my photo|
What motivated you to start this pastime?
How has your hobby affected or changed your everyday life?
|I wrote about Michele in my book.|
Being her friend helped me be a better hospice volunteer,
and caring for my parents helped me figure out
what a good death might be.
My hobbies are all integrated into one hobby: blogging. When I moved to Muskoka, to care for my dying mother, I began a blog to let my adult children know what I was up to. This led to the book I wrote about my journey, . The blogging morphed into some new projects: how to take better photos, writing every day, and connecting with friends far away.
I write a blog on healthcare, this one on living in cottage country, and another on teaching. As a volunteer, I do the blogs for Habitat for Humanity Muskoka and Habitat NCR. I enjoy gardening, crafts, touring our local festivals for daycations, and photographing my world as a hobby. Learning how to integrate technology into my teaching, my students and I planned out what we wanted to do and how to accomplish it. We created personal web pages, documenting our classwork, and this was a fabulously creative endeavour. We thrived on it.
|Recently I gave a speech at the|
Heart of Hastings Hospice AGM!
I ended up having Skype chats with family, and others dealing with dying family members. I wrote about bullying, and helping kids deal with death and dying. Recently, I did a Skype video for TVOntario on poverty and healthcare. Promoting local fundraising opportunities helps give back to the community.
Blogging, as a retiree, has opened up a whole new world for me. I have honed my computer skills, begun to use Twitter to influence and educate
|I blogged about my kids/grandkids camping!|
We Skyped when I lived far away in Muskoka.
I was interviewed for a TV show:
TVO's Why Poverty.
Dr. Brian Goldman, interviewing me for his White Coat, Black Art radio show. What a thrill!