Anna Brown, Where ARE You?

Sometimes, I need to just focus on the facts. So in this post, I try! The most common thing I hear these days is: Anna Brown, Where ARE YOU?! It’s a very fair question – I tend to be hard to keep track of. Today, my focus is to answer the basic questions about where I…

September is School

I forgot to take a first day of school picture. I did, however, take a “look Mom, first WEEK of school!” photo, when I finished it, so I’ll include that instead. People keep asking about my school start up – and it’s a bit complicated so I’ll explain it here. Fact 1: I AM IN…

Prairie Dictionairie

I like words. I notice them. They get stuck in my head as often as songs. Every place I go there’s new vocabulary, preferred lingo, expressions or pronunciations that leave me intrigued. Today, I put together a collection of Prairie words. I hear them and I know I’m in a different place.  Prairie: A large open area of…

Summer 2017: The Plan

Ever wish you had multiple lives so you could fit in ALL the different things you could do? I do, all the time.  There are so many opportunities in this world! With that in mind, I’ll break the sad news: I’m not planning on heading back to the Lodge (Manitoba). A large part of me…

Dear Mom, I made it. (The prairie edition)

Dear Mom, I made it! Exactly one week minus 3 hours ago I pulled in to the second driveway on the right, safe and sound. Because I neglected to text you every single stop along the way, I will catch you up now. I took pictures 😀 See? This is me at the McBride Husky….

A Selfie Interview: So How’s the Ed Program?

An article in which the Annalist’s Editor–in-Chief, Ms. Anna Louise, conducts an interview with the protagonist of this site, one Miss A. Brown, on the fascinating topic of “So How’s The Education Program?” _____________ Anna Louise, Editor-in-Chief Editor-in-Chief: It’s been a long time! I’m looking forward to catching up and hearing about your winter. It seems a…

Jubilation

Happiness might be… traveling with others? learning to ride with two? exclaiming in your own language? or learning a new one? It might be rolling down hills and laughing with friends.   It might surprise you when it greets you like a child arms open racing jubilant and shouting. Is happiness best felt when you know Sad too?…

Light at the End of a Semester’s Tunnel

My toothpaste tastes like Christmas and the dishwasher is on. I actually studied for a test and my kitchen smells like dawn.   The test tomorrow is on less than I originally thought. My class is stressed but I am not because soon, it can all be forgot.

Taking Note

It snowed today. Sitting snuggled up with small ones at my aunt’s house on my weekly childcare stint, I wonder if I’ll remember this. It’s been so easy to see things, acknowledge them (barely), move on. File it, forget it, hardly even notice it. Next thing, next thing, next thing. Focus, Anna, focus. What’s next. Where…

An Introduction and a New Old Friend

[I’m back in Manitoba. And look who’s here too!] “So did you two know each other in BC?” has been a common question in the kitchen lately. At first, it was the staff that asked. Sometimes a passing through pilot or a staff member from off-island will make the inquiry of this year’s chef and I when…

Day 5 of Beauty: Water, Light & Sky

I’ve always  to live on an island. I like islands a lot. They’re defined, yet infinitely diverse. As a kid, I would design my own imaginary islands and archipelagos, drawing maps and adding beaches, coves and volcanoes where necessary, or blueberry patches, treeforts and south-facing pastures. The treehouses came with floorplans and rope ladders,  the pastures…

Day 4 of Beauty: Land of the Blue Sky

What’s beautiful where you live or have lived?  My photo challenger asked. Looking through photos, I realize I have lived a lot of places. Of course, everything is relative, so take that as you may. One of the most exotic, by my own standards, was the city of Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. This is not the…