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Life Lessons | Life

Just because you’re surrounded by negativity, doesn’t mean that you have to fall into the thought patterns. Keep your hope a float with these reminders.

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“ I would describe the situation as grim.”

That’s me on my weekly FaceTime conversation with my family. Since the pandemic started, we have gathered every Thursday night to connect. My mother always mentions when I speak of “grim” that I allude to the language of my grandparents.

The reality of Ontario’s third lockdown is that things are indeed grim. Our hospitals are overrun with high numbers of patients in Intensive Care with no hope of a steady rollout of vaccines. Our schools have transferred to virtual learning, indefinitely, as the number of infections yo-yo across the province.

Travel | Personal Reflections

Learning About Life, One Dish At A Time

Cooking class?
Sure, why not?

A Cooking Adventure in Battambang | Photo By Author

In my family, I inherited the take-out gene. On the best of days, cooking is a challenge for me. When my travel companion and I were looking for activities in Battambang, we were intrigued by the prospect of spending our morning learning the basics of Cambodian cuisine. As a non-cook, I was skeptical about how much I would learn in three hours but knew the potential for Instagram photos was huge.

That narrow perspective turned instantly into curiosity as soon as I stepped into Coconut Lyly’s Cooking School, or shall I say… cooking experience.


Pandemic Reflections | Life Lessons

Reflections on a year of pandemic living, virtual celebrations, and looking forward to our new futures

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Today’s Facebook memories brings bittersweet feelings and striking realities of the last year.


4 Tips to Securing Your Epic Photo (And Experience)

Birthday Sunrise at Angkor Wat | C. Clarke

Angkor Wat at sunrise is a truly magical experience.

During my visit to the Khmer Empire’s temple complex located moments north of Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was in constant awe of the world’s largest religious site’s beauty, complexity, and history.

Here are a couple of things to consider before setting out to capture an epic photo and experience.

Tip #1: Plan The Date

Travel | Reflections

A Gift From Mother Nature To My Memories

Travel Memories.

August 4, 2017. From the balcony of the Okay Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh, Nescafe instant coffee the left hand, iPad in the right.

Phnom Penh, View of the Waterfront, August 4, 2017


There is a special peacefulness this morning.

A peacefulness that you can’t really capture on film.

This is the last moment of quiet throughout the day. A brief moment in time when the soundtrack of Phnom Penh is paused and dominated by silence. The hammers and horns are resting.

The boats of the Mekong frame the distance, gently balancing their cargo as if suspended in space.

The sun illuminates the sky, transforming grey…

Beauty | Style

Best long-lasting tips to wearing lipstick under a mask. Smudge proof and keep fierce with tips for keeping your lipstick long-lasting under your mask.

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I adore lipstick and everything about lipstick. It is an obsession that grew from my first strawberry Lipsmacker to an ever-evolving, extensive red lipstick collection.

I tried to get on trend with the increase of eye products due to the need to wear masks in all public interactions. Although I have enjoyed my time experimenting with vibrant eyeliner and YouTube tutorial-esqe eye looks, nothing completes my look like a polished lip.

I must admit, I feel like it’s an ode to my past life before the pandemic. I have always believed in the power of red lipstick and, just like…

Education | Leadership

Get ready to brainstorm…

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Picking a topic for your practicum?

It’s like picking a topic for an essay or project.

What is really going to engage you while providing the appropriate, right-amount-of-challenge, all at the same time?

Whenever I launch into a new inquiry project with students or my team, I always encourage everyone to merge the details of the project with something they are passionate about. For, if you’re going to spend a lot of time on something, you need to have some engagement in the topic.

This article outlines the thought process I went through when I was…

Writing | Productivity | Education

A three-step, collaborative process to elevate your message and strengthen your work. Hint: you need to schedule some time.

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It’s literary essay time in my online English class. It is one of the most exciting times in the course as the students showcase their insights from their book club novel discussions. It’s also a time to focus on editing and feedback techniques to elevate the messages in the work.

I am going to explain the process I take the students through using a teaching lens. I invite you to apply and adapt this approach to your own pieces of writing.

Step #1: Mindful Planning

Education | Theatre | Creation

Rehearsal planning in both the studio and distance learning/distance creation environment

An example of a choice board from 2020 spring distance rehearsal season.

It is necessary to have a flexible plan for rehearsal.

In this plan, there needs to be a balance between structure (to keep the activities focused) while being flexible (to allow time for creativity to grow).

During the past four months of distance learning, the foundational practice of tailoring rehearsal to fit the needs of the artist and the production were still valid in the online classroom.

Regardless of teaching in the studio or from the computer, it is important to remember that rehearsal is about growth.

Growth of…

Education | Distance Learning

Let’s help students go from “being behind” to managing what they need to do for not only the curriculum, but for everyone’s wellness

Photo by Kevin Ku on Unsplash

In Ontario there are only four more weeks left in the 2019–2020 school year. For my theatre courses, I have approached the last two months of distance learning with units that allow the students flexibility and choice in content and assessment. As a secondary teacher, many of my students need this flexibility as we no longer have our protected, daily 75 minutes together. Plus, many of my students are balancing jobs and family commitments during the pandemic.

Cathy Clarke

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