Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I interrupt my slide show for these guys (and gal): about half my class on our final day (last Wednesday) of the spring term... let's see: from L to R, Jean from Cameroun, Choun Ming from Laos/France, Shadi from Syria, Bao Ming from China, Svilen from Bulgaria, Rodman from Costa Rica, Dary from Cambodia, Mohamed from Morocco, and this other guy -- can't remember his name -- from this exotic place called Ontario. We had fun together learning English all year (and yes, I learned from them)... I love you all, and this slide show is partly for you guys!! (Including, of course, those of you who didn't get into this photo.)
It's Canada Day, and summer is definitely upon us. This is the first summer I'll have had off in the last ten years. (Previous summers, I taught ESL immersion at Bishop's University: this year, I decided to change my routine.) Plans? Jocelyne and I are renting a chalet on a lake in the Laurentians for a week ; we'll be taking in some of Montreal's festivals, including the jazz festival; probably take a short trip to Quebec City & take in some of their 400th anniversary celebrations as well (not that I'm big on celebrations, but it happens to be.) As well -- actually primarily -- to write poetry, put together a second manuscript from what I've written, continue taking lessons with this guy & practice new arrangements of my songs, edit & produce a couple of Sky of Ink chapbooks, one by Jocelyne and one by Raphael Bendahan, do submissions and prepare (maybe I'll actually do it this time) a submission onslaught for September. I'll keep this blog active. What are your plans?