Archives for July 21, 2018
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Local children’s author seeking community’s support by asking for your vote, for its second nomination, My Little Red Wagon Authoracademyaward.com Scroll down 1st page to the voting bar. Go to page 13/16 tap on “My Little Red Wagon”
Read up on the story & how it was created. Littleredwagongardenkit.com
Ebook is available by request Mylittleredwagon@outlook.com
Thank you for your time & support
Darcie (Bennett) Taylor in her own words
I introduced my storybook and Garden kit. I became the story of how it all started after deciding to go back to school with a grade 5 education at the age of 32 while being a single mother of 3.
Then I finished with how successful I’ve been since getting my “education” and how it’s the foundation of a great future no matter where you go.
Darcie and her family live in Oliver. Her husband works in Osoyoos
My Little Red Wagon story book was self published Oct 30, 2014. A true story about my daughter (now 19 and in college) and I planting a flower garden in her little red wagon. In 2016 I launched My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit. An educational hands on learning garden tool kit that promotes and supports literacy. The story book was my last English assignment over 10 years ago when I was at NorQuest College Edmonton Alberta, finishing up a 3 year struggle with a learning disability of reading and writing that had me starting upgrading at a grade 5 level at the age of 30.
I graduated with honours and continued on to get a degree in business administration. That true story I had made up from a once upon a time bed time story stuck in my heart for 10 years before publishing. After publishing my passion grew harder and My Little Red Wagon Garden kit was created to promote and support literacy. I’m trying to put my kit into every school and community to make awareness to literacy.
I believe education isn’t just about letters and numbers it’s about learning and we all learn a little different then others. Like each flower in a garden, each flower grows differently. I want to inspire everyone to keep learning, keep trying, keep creating into a beautiful flower of life. It’s never too late to learn to continue to grow into something much greater then what we were yesterday. Literacy is about every community, it has no Color or race but effects every generation.
My book and garden kit represents family literacy, creating, learning and growing together.
To hop is to launch my body from both feet at once, like a bunny. The bunny hop is a part of the dance at many weddings, where we all get in a circle, one behind the other, and we go, hop hop hop, kick left kick right hop hop hop. To hop is a dancing kind of move. Happy children (and adults too) often hop. I have seen deer hop when they play with each other. If I say the place is a hopping, that means many happy people
A hop, skip and a jump is a measure of distance, meaning just over there, not far. There is a game called hop scotch where the players take turns hopping across a pattern made on the cement with chalk. There are single and multiple length hops, hops with one foot, with two feet with feet together and with feet apart. It is most fun to play hop scotch with 4 or 3 or 2 people. Hop, hop
Hop to it, is to get at a task quick, like a bunny. In many places one can get a hop on, hop off pass for transportation. Touring around a city is one example. In Halifax there is this monstrous, amphibious vehicle called the Hopper. It takes you all around town and then into the water to see the harbour. Fun. Another fun hop on/off service is the local wine tour bus. You can hop off, stay a while, then hop on the next one
Hop-along-Cassidy is a fabled cowboy who had an injured leg so would hop along wherever he walked. To hop along as he did is to hop with one foot only. The TV show ‘The Real McCoys’ included a character simply referred to as Grandpa, and he hopped along with one foot too. Hopping is generally a moving from one place to another action
Yet, hopping on the spot is a common exercise move. It is also an expression of exuberant excitement to hop on the spot. Grandchildren do it when we are heading out for ice cream and I’m not getting my shoes on fast enough. To hop is an important skill. Otherwise, how would I hop a flight to another city? How would I hop onto the trolley in San Francisco?
How would I hop on over to visit you?
Today is a day of hard cold reflection on history repeating itself. In 2003 we faced a monster fire in the Okanagan.
When it was over I think we chalked it up to a once in a lifetime event. That allowed us to ignore just how fragile our lives, our Eco-system and the world really are.
The Okanagan Mountain Fire of 2003 was left to burn for a day without resistance. The wind storm and outburst of fire in all direction proved devastating over two hundred homes were lost. It was a case of two jurisdictions the Province and the City wanting to manage it until the fire became unmanageable and made its own rules.
The other night the same thing. The lightning struck in the same general area as the one fifteen years ago. Lightning never strikes in the same place eh? Well it burned unattended for hours and is now a major blaze. What is to burn you ask? New grasses. Different species of trees and scrubs Mother Nature has been busy up there.
Our summer was sliding through the days in peaceful tranquility until a couple of nights ago. The sudden storm came as a surprise, its intensity was overwhelming and destructive. There are folks I talked to that were actually afraid and rightfully so.
Several fires are the result and the destruction will set us back once again to years of regrowing what is being lost. It also is a warning. The climate and the weather patterns are changing and we are ignoring the big picture.
The problem is not an increase of fire danger. The problem is there are far more people in a crowded area, building houses in a danger zone.
It not only has implications for wildlife but us as well. We build in forests, we pave everything and cut down too many trees so water just runs down hill on the paved roads and driveways flooding everything in the water flows path.
Lightning strikes hit across the valley starting all kinds of fires It is time to ask the question we already know the answer too. Why are these fires now so intense?
First they are threatening human inhabited areas creating a series of problems we haven’t considered. Peachland is in a troubled spot – it’s in a forested area with roads through stands of trees. And going north is really the only alternative. Summerland is in a precarious position with fires on both sides of the community. Naramata is in trouble with fires as well, and one road in and out. Not to mention if West Kelowna sees another fire the power grid has one operation network if it burns thousands are without basic power requirements. Provincial Governments of all stripes are either deaf or oblivious as to the consequences that would result from a catastrophic event of this magnitude.
I remember a couple of years ago the Oliver fire and the two converging blazes damaged several orchards when a strange wind phenomenon blew entire stands of trees over and blew the crops off other trees.
These are not freak storms anymore from a fire standpoint and we need a plan with two ingredients Political will and money. For years logged areas were slash burned and much of it left on the forest floor. We have scraps of left over wood and pine needles and pine cones building up critical mass.
It needs to be cleaned up especially in community interface locations, Dry forest full of highly combustible material is a time bomb waiting for a reason to explode. With the explosion will come other problems as endangered wildlife will show up in communities in an ever shrinking habitat.
We are looking at and fearing the symptoms of a serious problem that is going to become the single biggest problem. That being environmental imbalance. Ask this question.
Would you give your grand child a burned out car for a gift?
No, then why would we give them a burned out world?
What we have seen so far with all its damage, and fear, is but a shot across the bow if we don’t get straight with Mother Nature. We can no longer put the forest fire threat on the back burner.