Daily Archives: January 21, 2007

Update: Math Solutions

Last year, I wrote about math and my grade 11 son and how to make math interesting for him. Soon after, a guy came into the bookstore, who, I discovered after a brief conversation lives and breathes math. Hmm. I think a rare find. Now he comes to our house a couple of times a week to spread the word and my son’s marks have soared.

He’s not the first tutor we’ve had, but he is the only one who has had any effect. I think it is because he is really passionate about his subject and he has the social skills that we don’t normally equate with a numbers person and he can teach.

So, if you or someone you know is struggling in a subject in school, don’t give up, instead find somebody who can help you and who you can work with. The right person can make all the difference in the world.


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Wow! I’m Going to the Yukon!

I have been selected to spend three months at The Pierre Berton Writers Retreat in Dawson City. I applied for this retreat quite a while ago, and promptly forgot all about it. Needless to say, I was surprised when the phone call came. Dawson City is 500 kilometers north of White Horse, and a gizillion miles away from Vancouver. This is a huge honour and opportunity for me and I am eternally grateful to Pierre Berton for leaving such a generous legacy for writers around the world. Just yesterday I was complaining about time constraints. I love it when wishes come true.

I’m pretty urbane, and somewhat anxious about living in a place where you have to have your sushi flown in ;), but I always learn alot when I’m out of my comfort zone and I know I will get some awesome writing time in.

It’s been eons since I’ve had so much unstructured time with no responsibilities to anybody but myself, so I plan to take full advantage, and to blog, because there will be no excuse not to…


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