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Here’s to 2009

2009 was a great year that I will look back on fondly and be thankful for.  Many marvelous events happened and in this blog post I will take a moment to remember.

The National Art Education Association national convention, Minneapolis, April 2009.

1. Every few years or so you may attend an event, party, or conference which will introduce new people and ways of thinking that transforms your life.  The NAEA 2009 National Convention in Minneapolis was a truly life changing event that altered my perceptions of art education and the direction of my career.  I will forever be grateful to Ann Kuo for sharing this experience with me.  At NAEA I met Karen Keifer-Boyd and became involved with the Women’s Caucus advocacy group.

Karen Keifer-Boyd performing Wrinkles in Visual Culture and Gender at NAEA  Minneapolis, April 2009.

2. Women’s Caucus and the Enacting Change project.  This project is a result of the NAEA Women’s Caucus 2009 Enacting Change lobby session lead by Keifer-Boyd. From there I initiated the Enacting Change activism project where members of NAEA Women’s Caucus were interviewed to create a record of their leadership, research, and pedagogy for an article currently under review at the journal of Visual Culture & Gender (VCG).

Spike Rees was very glad to have Ranjit home, July 2009.

3. After being separated for almost a year, my husband Ranjit returned to Taiwan from Quebec City, Canada.  It meant the world to me and it feels so good to have him back home.

Good times in Taipei, April 2009.

4. Did I mention how much I appreciate my job at Huafan University and life in Taipei?  Huafan U. is where the heart is and I feel so lucky to have my new office and connection with students.

At Ann Kuo’s retirement party, June 2009

5. The M.I.C.Y. colloquium in Ljubljana Slovenia.  A wonderful experience that was culturally, intellectually, and artistically transformative.

Dinner with Ann in Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2009

6. Letting go of the negative.  In 2009 I decided to let go of some personal relationships there were more negative than positive.  This was hard to do at first but I’m much happier now.

The Franciscan Church, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2009.

7. Getting published. After almost two years my article on research trends in Canadian art education will be published in the upcoming issue of the International Journal of Education through Art.  Last fall the 2008 World Creativity Summit proceedings were published, on which I served as associate editor with editors Ann Kuo and Michael Day.

Image from the wet drapery photo series, May 2009.

8. My photography became more fine art focused.  This is a wonderful development that was inspired by the wet drapery series for Jo Chen’s Women Art and Society PhD course.  Although I am continuing to freelance with Verve, Eva Air’s in-flight magazine my focus is shifting to the fine arts.  Upcoming projects include a feminist art photo series called “Womb” for Linda Hoeptner Poling ‘s alphabet project and the 2010 NAEA Women’s Caucus juried slide show on the theme of social justice.

Alice Arnold receives a service award at at NAEA  Minneapolis, April 2009.

9. Future project and plans.  I am looking to 2010 for big changes and progress.  Alice Arnold and I are still working on our book project Children’s Art from Around the World.  There is also the 2010 NAEA Baltimore Women’s Caucus lobby session with Keifer-Boyd and Read Dicket; in addition to developing our collaborative research project questioning the definition of feminism in art education.

Images from the Lin family mansion and garden as seen in Verve magazine, February 2009.


The Rees Family July 2005


New photos from those two old rolls of film from Christmas 2005 and New Years 2006

For about two years I have not really been using my film camera. I had some rolls of film that were sitting in the fridge that I finally got developed along with my photos from Thailand. The two rolls of film had made their way from Vancouver, to Victoria, to Quebec City, to Montreal, to Taiwan before being developed. Wow what a strange and long journey indeed!

Amy and Lee inside a restaurant in Vancouver before Christmas 2005.

Mom with the Minister, Christmas Day, Cobble Hill 2005

Luke outside a restaurant at the Mayfair Mall in Victoria, Boxing Day 2005

Intense Rave, Quebec City, New Years Eve 20006

The crazy dance floor

The DJ and dancers


M.A. Diploma Found! A tribute to my mother Janice Rees

Just now I got an e-mail stating that my temporarily lost M.A. diploma has been found!

Praise the heavens!  Thank you God!  Thank you Mom!  You really are the world’s best Mom and I love you so much.

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Last weekend my husband published an affectionate post on his blog that outlined some of my favorite expressions. Now I am going to do the same for him. You can share some of your own if you’d like.

Smeg!: A Range classic, meaning darn or darn it. He got it from the T.V. show Red Dwarf (BBC) which is one of his favorites.

Wippy!: This is another Range original which generally refers to silly behaviour as in: “Don’t be such a wippy!”. This comes from the name of the American actress Whoopi Goldberg, who he loves to despise. According to Range, her only good role was in Star Trek as Guinan. That was it.

Schlippy: as in Wippy.

The Earl: This is a nickname that Range refers to me by. I don’t know why he chose this title. Perhaps it has to do with my British heritage. He usually follows the expression by the word wippiness: meaning “The Earl of Wippiness.”

Spanky McGee: this is another Range expression that he uses to describe my behaviour, again usually after some silliness has occurred. For example: “There goes Spanky McGee going on about things!” or “Spanky McGee, strutting her stuff!”. This comes from the movie Nanny McPhee.

That’s Right!: Range is right! He knows it and as his wife I know it too.

Don’t get those panties tied in a knot: Range usually uses this expression to refer to some worry I may be thinking about.

Oochie-poo: an affectionate term for cuddling or love, as in “Oochie-poo, I love you”.


Acceptance, Love, Forgiveness, and Understanding

For the past few days I have been getting back in touch with people from all different facets and parts of my life. The past, the present, the old, the young, the new, the forgotten, rivals, grudges, enemies, old lovers, old boyfriends; people who you were glad never to talk to again, people who you never could admit caring about. It’s really been quite incredible, exciting, and overwhelming. Needless to say I feel very lucky to communicate with such a diverse and dynamic group of people. Continue reading ‘Acceptance, Love, Forgiveness, and Understanding’

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