Saturday, November 5, 2011


Adolescence I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't


here. With emerging new mental and physical abilities, pre-

teens and teens want to have a say in their world. They want

to influence what happens and have their opinions considered.

This desire, mixed with a lack of life experience, and a not-

yet-fully-developed frontal lobe (the part of the brain that

helps us to recognize danger and fully feel empathy for

others), especially in boys, often results in them wanting a

longer leash than parents and educators feel it is wise to



that is the best way I know how to begin!

I started work at Nightwind Treatment Centre 2 weeks ago! I work with girls 10-14ish. I love it! First and foremost these are amazing resilient girls. The shit they have faced, the life they have endured so far is unbelievable. I am not going to believe it will all be better or believe this will change the world. But there is something magical about this place. They call it a healing centre, it is true. We have group every day. There is therapists and a cultural leader that work with them 4 times a week. They have one on one counselling and so much support.

The girls participate in Sweat lodges, drum circle, meet with Elders, smudge, have all kinds of opportunities, go on great outings, swimming, etc. They have school on site and rec halls. They learn to hold each other accountable.

It can be draining sometimes but I always feel support from the other staff. We have a great leadership and that makes for a great home.

I love it! I can't wait to get to work every day! I love my job!

When God was a Rabbit

When God was a Rabbit was our book club book this time and I found it hard to get into. Actually I did not finish it, I was reading too many books at the same time and I found this one was not grabbing me! BUT it really started getting so good and hearing the ending and the rest of the story I can't wait to finish it. It is a really good book.

Lat night we had a small group but it was wonderful! We had our wine and treats and had a great time! I love our book club and the ladies, we have such a great group! Net time we are reading The Post Birthday World, it sounds so good. I will let you know what I think! I am also reading Breaking up with God and Heaven is for Real. Quite the opposite books but I am enjoying them both.


Tatyanah has an amazing team this year! There are so many great families on her team! I love it. The girls are nice girls and they play well together. I actually love her games and love watching them play. Tatyanah is not one to get penalties but last game she got 3. I don't know what was up with the ref but she was just checking and she got called for tripping. Honestly one time a girl skated over Taty's stick and Taty was backwards. Funny.
The girls are doing Zumba and they love it. I have a video on my phone I will post later. It is fun to watch them. They have great coaches and jr coaches. Just all around great!
Most important she is having a great time! She loves ringette! And she is reffing again so it keeps her busy! Love it!