The year has has turned. The house is quiet, still, ready to walk with us down the miraculous path that lies ahead.
We were up late on New Year's Eve, though not quite to midnight, playing an improvised version of Balderdash. Driving back to Fort McMurray from Kamsack, we listened to a similar word definition game on CBC Radio. In our case, we found a website that generated random words from the English language. All five of us (brother-n-law Chris is living with us at the moment - explanation to follow) took turns picking a word from the website. Each person made up a possible definition for the word. They were then read aloud, along with the real definition, and we had to guess which one was real.
It was a lot of fun as we had to use our imagination and language skills. On the final turn, we all wrote definitions before finding out the word. That was an absolute hoot!
Backing up to why our household population has grown by one. At the beginning of December, Chris started a new job as Assistant Deputy Emergency Management with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. He retired from the Canadian Forces, last based in Ottawa, after securing the position here. Corinne will eventually follow as will at least some or all of the boys. We ended 2015 very thankful that we have added some family to our community.
I have been rather negligent in maintaining my Wood Buffalo Update correspondences. I apologize. What began as a bi-weekly endeavour has changed to monthly, bi-monthly and now bi-annual. During a recent visit with my cousin Guy Dore in Kamsack, he wondered if it was still being sent, as he hadn't seen one in awhile.
Frankly, my spare time has been absorbed by many hours spent in Birdsong Studio, the adopted name of our workshop in the backyard that has gone from being a motorcycle repair space and songwriting enclave with the previous owner to being an extra bedroom, carpentry shop and now art space with us. It also become an art space for others, as I have had a number of guests join me in recent months including Taylor, a young fellow who works in oil sands who wanted to reignite his artistic passions.
Our family in the north has had a great year marked by various travelling and learning adventures. Heather has pursued various dimensions of her practice, spending time in both California and West Virginia. I made my annual pilgrimage to Mindcamp in Ontario while Dylan returned to his beloved Artstrek in Red Deer. Ben travelled into the mountains for an amazing ski trip.
As a family we convened in the beautiful environs of the Kootenays in southern British Columbia in August with the Wagners, and returned to Saskatchewan to spend time with the Thomases in Kamsack at Christmas. Both trips were memorable and heart-filling.
|Heather has integrated drawing and colouring into her daily practice|
|Heather's first painting in many years - a stunning portrait of Nina Simone|
|Dylan on location during the filming of The Good Survivor|
|Ben is enjoying his skiing adventures|