On March 1, 2023 I have retired from the University of New Brunswick. At the same time, we relocated to our new home in Pouch Cove, NL. Currently, we are settling in and while my writing projects continue, my focus is on reorganizing and reenergizing. Stay tuned for future updates!
Just in time for the Thanksgiving season, on September 24, I published Practicing Gratitude together with Mary Stewart. Mary is Professor Emerita of the Department of Art at Florida State University, an artist, and a former artist in residence at UNB’s Faculty of Education (Atlantic Centre for Creativity). In this edited book, available in various formats on Amazon.ca, twenty-three essays by fifteen Canadian and American authors explore the implications of treasured objects, the power of empathy and the ways in which difficult family dynamics can lead to transformative insights. Thirty-seven photographs punctuate the design and create a lively dialog with the text. A section on writing encourages anyone to begin practicing gratitude and eleven mouth-watering recipes at the end of the book celebrate the joy of cooking–and eating!
Contributing Canadian authors are (all from NB, mostly WFNB members):
- Charlene Cormier-Pellerin
- Jeremy Thomas Gilmer
- Joseph Koot
- Kathy Mac
- Thomas Mengel
- William (Bill) Randall
Over 100 copies already sold, and royalties (over CAD 100) paid to David Suzuki Foundation and WWF 🙂
“Our values will help arrive at a future that’s probably preferable to one that we arrive at if we do nothing. If you do nothing, if you just keep your eyes on the road as you go or look into the rearview mirror, then somebody else will create the maps and the world you drive in, and you have to live with the world that others create for you. If you want to stay active, you have to co-create the world that you are driving in”. For the whole interview, follow the link to my conversation with Tyler Mongan in his Future Intelligent Leadership podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/579214/9033962
“Co-creating and continuously adapting effective solutions that are just and equally accessible to all is a core component of future-proofing leadership processes”. Our book “Leadership for the Future is now featured on the publisher’s “Book in Focus” website: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/news/item/book-in-focus-leadership-for-the-future-lessons-from-the-past-current-approaches-and-future-insights
In connection with the publication of my edited book (https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-7059-7) I pledge my (and your) monthly support for two key players in the fields of climate change and maintaining biodiversity: The David Suzuki Foundation (https://davidsuzuki.org) and the World Wildlife Fund (https://wwf.ca).
I will use royalties from the sales of my book to help fund my monthly contributions to these two organizations.
Thank you for your support through purchasing the book and/or through direct donations!
From New Brunswick, we have my former doctoral student (Christian Couturier) and my “new” dean at Renaissance College (Carol Nemeroff), and from the furthest, my beloved colleague (Elissa Farrow) joined us from down under. Thanks to all and to Cambridge Scholars Publishing for helping to make this happen!
See the publisher’s press release here (including further details, table of contents, etc.).