finding the narrative

  • June 24, 2024

    I went to the grade eight students’ graduation today. It was nice to see them walk across the stage, but something felt different about this one, it didn’t have the same gravitas that the ceremony has had in the past. I’ve been working with the same group for three years so it felt right to…

  • June 23, 2024

    It’s 9:30 pm and I’m heading to bed. I can’t wait for summer.

  • June 23, 2024

    It’s 9:30 pm and I’m heading to bed. I can’t wait for summer.

  • June 22, 2024

  • June 21, 2024

    The end of the school year feels like a time for change and renewal. It’s when the last ten months is freshest on your mind, despite the fatigue. It’s now when I think about what I want to do next.

  • June 20, 2024

    I’m looking forward to reading this summer. I just don’t read enough.

  • June 19, 2024

    I don’t know if it’s the heat but I’ve been incredibly irritable lately. Working in a 100-year old building, without AC, and about 700 students running through it likely isn’t helping. The air feels like breathing through Parmesan flavoured cotton candy. Everywhere I go, in all aspects of my life, I’m frustrated. I’m annoyed. I’m…

  • June 18, 2024

    I gave my grade eight class some pencil boxes today. I often feel like giving gifts to my students at the end of the year, so I do. It was amazing to watch them try to put them together. For the most part, they struggled, providing every reason for more STEAM programming. I was shocked…

  • Pen Turning | Brown Mallee Burl with Crushed Flower Petal Inlay

    In today’s video, I turn a Cigar pen using Brown Mallee Burl. This one has a special inlay of crushed flower petals from a wedding we went to last year. This pen is a gift from the wife to her husband on their anniversary. I have got to say, I’m quite pleased with this one.…

  • June 16, 2024

    I’m having to remind myself to slow down. I keep rushing to get things done, making costly mistakes. I’ve noticed that I’m not looking for the most efficient way to do something, but the fastest. What I need to focus on is doing things well, in a reasonable amount of time. Going to the shop…

  • June 16, 2024

    I’m having to remind myself to slow down. I keep rushing to get things done, making costly mistakes. I’ve noticed that I’m not looking for the most efficient way to do something, but the fastest. What I need to focus on is doing things well, in a reasonable amount of time. Going to the shop…

  • June 15, 2024

    Things were going so well at the shop last night that I didn’t get home until 2! Tonight, I’m struggling a bit more and fighting to get things right. I might leave soon.