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Are You Creating?

Hulusi Tabs for Happy Birthday
Art from the video game Five Nights at Freddies. American graphic design.
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Chinese animation. Super hero and kung fu master, Shen Long. He arrives in Dragon World to teach dragons protection and self defines.
Betty White
Betty White and friends.

The students I teach are a range from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  The 3rd graders enjoy “torturing” me with scary video games and their personal art.  I find it important to encourage their exploration of topics Asian in their own personal interest life.  For many that includes drawing, colouring and video games.  Some of them have been bringing me drawings and pictures and I have been attempting to turn it into some sort of scroll-like art.  As of yet, I have failed to reach a finishing point.  Just like real life, art is about knowing when something is finished.  Finishing the product can be called success in my classroom.

Perhaps I should explain.  I am a teacher.  I teach Mandarin Chinese.  No, I am not Chinese.  Long story.  For those of you who love animation and all things in the Mandarin language check out this awesome Chinese animation feature film.  The name is Xi Yang Yang.  That means Happy Sheep.  Sit back, relax, grab some yummy Chinese noodles, and enjoy the show.


Time to recover.  Time to rest, time to eat right, and time to make better decisions about essentials and nonessentials.  “May you live in interesting times.”  A famous old Chinese curse.  How can we NOT live in interesting times?  When society is at war citizens are in grief and turmoil  When society is in peace for long enough, we forget.

I often think of the non-problem problems we have in the circles I swirl in.  Most of these irritants are due to a lack of clarity about essential and nonessentials.

Take time to rest, play, and trim out essentials.  Peace.

All My Pigeons

January 10, 2015

I truly never dreamed my little flock of pigeons would be so sweet and demanding at the same time.  Diablo, the rock pigeon, has truly stolen my heart and a little mountain dove named Hansel flies in every morning and evening to boss me into feeding her.  My neighbour, retired artist and nature lover, brought Manu to my flock.  Manu is a white man bird.  He has the authority of a king and once ignored by this human, can be quite independent.














This is Billy, he is the kind of our school farm. He is a chubby boy! One thing on this guy’s mind. His stomach!

This is Hansel. She was released about three weeks ago and has declared me to be her servant. She flies in morning and afternoon to be fed then off she goes until she is ready for me to wait on her again. I oblige her whims of fancy. Better to be the save of a little mountain dove than…well, you get my point.

Goats. The best description I have for these dear animals is “head up-tail down-eating”. Goats love to eat.


My lily pond.

Pigeons are delightful, if not very funny and loveable pets. And quiet! Pigeons are quiet. Your neighbours will not be complaining about loud parrots next-door.




These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

TreeWithBird2014 is headed out the door.  What happened?  Well, most recently I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.  During the time of the diagnosis I caught a terrible cough.  Coughing with a horrible headache.  Not my idea of perfect health.  Time to kick up the ever popular New Year Resolution “pay better attention to my health”.

I visited China twice.  Both times I left China with a heavy heart.  It always tears me up to leave.  Half of my heart is China.  Always has been-since I was a little girl.  Always will be.  I learned to play the Hulusi flute.  Once my headaches grew worse it was very painful to play.  So I have set my flute aside until the headaches are under control.

I learned more and dove deeper into wildlife rescue.  The students and one of the teachers and I helped quite a few animals on our school campus.  We rescued and adopted out an entire family of cats dumped on our campus.  We help countless feral chickens and roosters, and have become better at helping baby birds.  I still have so much to learn!  App