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Mapping Out (British North) America

I really like historical maps. Especially the one that Fiona added to the resource library, where you can click on different dates to see the changes in state or country boundary lines.  “After the war of 1812, immigration to British North America led to a more diversified economy, with lumbering, farming and shipbuilding growing in both the Maritimes and in the Canadas. But by the 1830s there was a great.. Read More

1st Mentor Meeting: Mission Successful

So, I had my first meeting with my mentor last night. I was a bit worried, because we’d never met before and I wasn’t entirely sure what would transpire that evening. But, “only good things” as I told myself, were about to occur. My mentor is an incredibly kind and generous person. She lives within a 15 minute drive for me, so she’s also quite local. When meeting with her,.. Read More

An Original Title

Where have we been? Where are we going? These questions really change depending on who I define “we” as. It could be the universe, or a specific group of people, like the TALONS class. For the sake of brevity and my sanity, I will set “we” to mean the human species for now. Aside from where we’ve literally been as a species (the Earth, Moon and nearby areas of outer.. Read More

In-Depth Week 7

Good news! I have a mentor!! She is a local artists who is exploring recycled art right now – she’s famous for making little, personalized dolls. She also teaches at Place des Arts for painting. We’re going to meet for the first time on Monday, so I’ll probably make a post on Tuesday night briefly reflecting on the experience. I recently got new information about my mentor, and I have.. Read More

In-Depth Week 5: How to be Interesting

Welcome to In-Depth Week 5! What’s new: A space junk mobile in-the-making, milk carton jellyfish (dedicated to Jeanie, of course), and… mentor contacts? So, I’m a little behind for this post because on Saturday I was at the Zero Waste Leadership Clinic! It was a lot of fun, and I got to meet a lot of really cool people. I also hear there’s a clean energy clinic in the works,.. Read More

In -Depth Week 3: The Search Continues

So, in my previous post, I stated that I wanted to have a mentor by, well, last Sunday. Today and yesterday,I got emails back from the two people I had contacted about a week an a half ago. Unfortunately,the artist I emailed is in the process of moving houses, and the other person I emailed was part of an organization that may be able to help me find artists. As.. Read More

360 Degree Challenges

From John C. Maxwell’s The 360 Degree Leader 1. How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation? We’ve all been here before. In stressful situations, I usually find it best to identify the source of tension and try to understand why it is there. For example, if someone in my committee is not doing their part, I would approach them individually and try to understand why they are.. Read More

Leadership 11: Myth Bustin’!

Questions from John C. Maxwell’s “360 Degree Leader” 1. Discuss if people need to possess the top title in order to achieve results and help others become productive. People definitely don’t need to possess the top title in order to achieve results and help others become productive. For example, in my band class, I don’t have an authoritative position (heck, I’m not even one of the best flute players), but.. Read More

Intro to In-Depth: Recycled Art

And so In -Depth begins again! This year I’m pretty excited for what I’m going to do. In fact, it took me a really long time to get this post up because every time I went looking for a picture I got distracted by all of the cool recycled art on the web. So, what’s recycled art? It’s basically taking old stuff, and making art out of it. This is.. Read More

Annotated Biblography This was my starting point for Angela Davis. It’s rather short, but it covers most of the events Angela Davis was well known for, such as her imprisonment. It also covers the basic facts of age, occupation, etc. The most useful part of this website, however, can be found in the bottom of the article, under Angela Davis – Elsewhere on the Web. Here, I found two links to.. Read More