Category: writing

road trip to northern alberta

One thing I love being about a writer is that the fruits of your labour come full circle when an article is published.

In October, I embarked on a trip, courtesy of a CLPNA assignment, three hours north of Edmonton to Slave Lake. I spent the day in Slave Lake at Northern Lakes College, interviewing and photographing staff and students in the Practical Nurse Program at the College.

The next day I was off on a road trip adventure with Bonnie Porat, Director of Health Career Programs at Northern Lakes.  We stopped at campuses in High Prairie and Valleyview before settling in Grande Prairie for the night.  After more interviews the next day, Bonnie drove me back in Slave Lake, in the midst of the first snowfall of the year.

What I especially loved about this writing assignment was this:  I got to travel to a part of Alberta that I’ve barely been to, and I got to experience this area through the eyes of people who live there.  I acquired an understanding of living in rural and remote areas that I’ve had been before.  I experience first-hand the warm hospitality of those living in smaller centres.  And I had an unprecedented 7 hour interview with Bonnie, as she drove me to the various campuses.  This deepened my knowledge more than a typical one hour interview ever could…

I have the best job.  And bonus, one of my photos was chosen for the cover.  The full feature begins on page 8.



keeping a journal…

“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” ― Will Self

Becoming Minimalist has a convincing post up about “8 Reasons Keeping a Journal Can Help You Reach Your Goals.”  I carry a little version of the Moleskine Journal in my purse, and a bigger version to meetings or when I travel.  It contains random nuggets of information that I write down as I think of them; otherwise, they’d be lost in the network of my brain forever.  My journal contains info ranging from the banal (grocery list) to my lightbulb epiphanies (If I have confidence in my abilities, there’s no stopping what I can do).