Cliff Notes Update from Calgary

Making snow angels...Standing above the city on Nose Hill

Here are a couple of pictures of me during my hike up Nose Hill a few weeks ago.

Standing above the city on Nose Hill

It’s been a while since I sent in an update so I will catch you all up in a cliff notes sorta version.  Spring is here in Calgary with the crocuses and snowdrops now daring bravely to come up out of the ground.  Although it continues to snow lightly every once in a while, the temperature is around zero and warmer most days.  I even got a sunburn the other day while sitting at the park!  Truth be told, it can snow any time of year here- or so I’ve been told by long-time residents- so I’m not putting away my gear.

Along with the wild weather here comes beauty that I’ve never witnessed before.  The other day, I was standing at the bus stop (YES, another a-ha while taking transit), when I got a poke to look up.  The sun was bright and hot and wrapping its way around it in a perfect circle was a vibrant rainbow that stayed there for hours.  I went swimming, came out of the rec center and it was still there.  So I started telling people I came across on the street to look up and the responses were pretty funny.  A security guard stared at it in awe with a smile on his face while another woman looked distressed.  I couldn’t figure out what was going on until she put both hands on her head and started pacing while saying, “This is a BAD sign!  This is not a good sign.”  She was from another country so maybe where she comes from, they are not good news?!  Dunno.  Anyhow, I thought it was a magical, wonderful sign.  I’d never seen anything like it.  I found out that the “halo” around the sun forms as sunlight is refracted in hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. So I guess I might see more of them in Alberta!  I’ve also been treated to faint Northern Lights!

Life here is full of new opportunities.  I’ve been asked to come to the Chinook Care Center to sing with elders there regularly and so will start that in May.  I’ve also been asked to teach a Bellydance Workshop to a women’s group a friend of mine runs and I am excited to do that.  I am also doing my Shamanic Coaching Practicum and am enjoying working with so many people in a variety of ways in the community here.  Along with swimming and dancing regularly, I’ve recently taken up kickboxing training.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to get those gloves on and hit bags and kick rubber statues of fake people!  OK.  So it may seem funny that someone in the healing arts who is a teacher working with children would get so much satisfaction from that- or maybe not 🙂  It is such a good release of pent up energy and stress.  And I am finding new confidence and strength in my body that I didn’t have before.

My sister, brother-in-law, and the kids came out to Kananaskis for Easter Weekend.  I went out to meet them and we had a wonderful, sunny day together in the magestic mountains of the area.  My 10 month old niece, Sophie, and I played some games of peekaboo and shared some laughs while my 3.5 year old nephew, Noah, and I went on a GPS egghunt with Dad and Grandpa.  I know, I know.  That is some high tech egg hunting; I wonder how the Easter Bunny is adjusting his work to this technological age…LOL.  Noah wanted to know where the Easter Bunny was and did he already make it to Calgary.  Did I get to meet him because he already saw his tracks in the snow….Clever kid!  We also saw a really great magic show that the hotel hosted for kids and “big” kids alike that was really neat.  It was sure great to see everyone.

Kananaskis Mountains

I hope you are all well wherever you are in the world.  Drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you!

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