I have just returned from an amazing trip to Scotland and Iceland. I little gift to myself for 33 years of hard work in the classroom. I thought I would share a few of the photos we took of these amazing places.

Icelandic horses grazing near the coast, east of Keflavik.


September 24. Can you make out the snow-topped mountain in the background?

Icelandic sheep are hardy, wooly creatures.

Mountains, lava fields and steam vents in Iceland.

waterfall on Isle of Arran, Scotland

northern shore of Isle of Skye

Plockton, Highlands of Scotland


Carrbridge, near Inverness

Rainbow, the Black Isle










Labour Day

Labour Day – traditionally the last day of summer. Kids go back to school this week.

It is a strange feeling to be doing summertime things this weekend. For the first time in my adult life, I am not making school plans. I have to say, I don’t miss the feeling that my life won’t be my own for the next ten months. The easing of that pressure is a huge load off my shoulders.

I am thinking that, now that I have more time to call my own, I want to get involved in something – something meaningful and important. Something that will make the world a better place. I have interests in animal welfare, child poverty, ecology and global warming.

I realize that I can’t take on all of these causes – not and do a good job. Not even if I gave up teaching just to become a slave to volunteering. And that I do not wish to do.

I have decided to give myself a little time to sort myself out before I plunge into anything. (This is a real step toward wisdom for me!) I feel I need to settle into retirement first. Then once I have found my space, I will search my heart and develop a plan of action. I want to do this smart, not as a knee-jerk reaction to the bewilderment of having that precious commodity – time.

So I’ll give myself a few months. I’ll allow myself some “me” time. And then I’ll see what I can do to make this a better world.