Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

Victoria spent Christmas 2010 with her brother Etienne (on the left with his girlfriend Kelsey), Grandpa and Grandma (93 and 89), Mom and Dad, uncle Wayne and her brother Adrien and his wife Kasia.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My new look Website

Dear friend/reader -

I have recently made a significant change to my website. My old website, "the book", was exactly what I had hoped it would be. It was a fun, exciting flash movie created by our very close friend (and cousin) in Yorkshire, Garry Stockdill. Garry is an amazing talent who was discovered by many through my website. I will always be grateful to Garry for having been such a big part of my professional life through the past decade. I can honestly say that I had never seen an author's website that was as exciting as was mine (up until J.K. Rowling appeared on the scene).
Like anything and almost everything in life, a new breath/look is good. Change is not always good but keeping up with the times is. My flash site wasn't the easiest to navigate through. Even after adding links to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube and a Blog...my website was a little...???...heavy? So after much soul searching (the kind of soul searching that has me getting my hair cut shorter), I sought out someone who had the vision and sensitivity I wanted in my site. I looked for an artist/designer who would understand my vision and be able to pull it off. Here dear friend, I introduce you to Michael Moore.

My site is a work in progress although I'm very happy with where it is today. Michael is working on the bookstore and helping me improve on/add to areas that are needy. This blog is new and will hopefully become a tool that will allow me to say/share things that FB and Twitter do not. I'm anxious to post some of my travels/new projects/responses to my work and experiences. This blog will allow me to do that.

That's it! ...I hope to get back in here over the Christmas season break with a few updates that pertain to my writing...as I'm working on some great projects. Until then dear reader, be safe but do take chances. Life moves along too quickly to accept the status quo. ...As a parting thought, when people ask me if I see hope for our aboriginal students in a system that has failed them for over a century, whereas I would have once said a definate no, I can now say that I watched the Berlin wall come down...and I watched the U.S. elect Barack Obama. How can I say no to anything? Everything is possible...There is a crack in the door...

From our home in Victoria to your home wherever you are, Merry Christmas and God Bless you!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas is for children...

This is a card I sent to my daughter Victoria

Home for the Holidays

It's almost Christmas. I'm home resting/dreaming and writing...and admiring my new website!

Hagrid dies...

Though our Hagrid died April 13th, 2007, my heart still aches.

Leonard Paul, my friend and partner in my book Long Powwow Nights, did this beautiful painting of Hagrid. As wolf does for all who arrive at heaven's door, he announces Hagrid's arrival in the spirit world. As we are all greeted by someone special, Hagrid is being welcomed by a Buffalo Dancer. The Buffalo dancer reaches out inviting Hagrid to stay. I cannot imagine a more perfect testimony to the most wonderful dog ever.

Another friend, Ghost Dancer Jim Poitras, reminded me that it might take a year or for Hagrid to find his place in the spirit world. Through loving memories, we have to allow our big boy the time he needs. We were blessed to have had this spectacular Irish Wolfhound as our companion and friend. There will never be another Hagrid...nor would I want there to be.

The Fifth Annual Lois E. Hole lecture

Over the past few years, I have been honoured to have met and worked with so many Albertans, adults and children alike. Among these honours was my being invited to deliver the Fifth Annual Lois E. Hole lecture.
On a personal note, I am trying to come to know more of our people and remain involved in our Metis Community. When you travel as much as I do, this type of committement is not always easy. Our family's last effort was jigging lessons a la facon des Metis. Vicki can jig. Victoria has huge potential. Me? I clearly have jigging in my heart and in my blood though I'm having some trouble transferring it into my feet.