It’s the day after Christmas–Boxing Day here in Canada. The kids are down for an afternoon nap, and the house is relatively quiet. I’ve put some Rosemary Shortbread in the oven in anticipation of a second family gathering this afternoon, and I’ve poured myself a glass of red wine to help hold open this wonderful and much appreciated holiday space.
It’s been several months since I’ve posted here and I have to admit that, during that time of absence, I have felt rather cut off from what had become a real source of inspiration, challenge and support in my own thinking about schools and education. I had been in the habit of getting up early each morning, reading the latest ideas posted here, responding and writing new posts. It seemed that in May of this year, I let the Cooperative Catalyst thread drop and I’m only now getting back to realizing how important it had become to the fabric of my life. The folks that are part of this initiative represent some of the most thoughtful, provocative voices in education today and, to be quite honest, my the work that I do wouldn’t be the same without these voices.
But it wasn’t until I tweeted a link to a recent blogpost that I had written for the Canadian Education Assocation—the place where a great deal of my energy has gone over the past couple of years—and received an enthusiastic response from Monika Hardy that I realized that I needed to get back here to catch up on your thinking and contribute some of my own to your efforts.
A great deal has happened in my life over the past several months. I lost a brother to cancer, took on a new role as Arts Consultant for our school district, helped to organize EdCamp Toronto, completed a focus group project with teachers from across Canada and found a place to live my life-long dream of having my own radio show. Believe it or not, I’ve also been able to find some connective tissue between all of this.
So on this the day after Christmas 2011, I wanted to let you know that I would like to make my way back into the fold. Thanks to Monika for coming to get me, and thanks to the keepers of the keyfor not removing my ability to come home!