1995 – Children’s Writing Conference

 I found the song below which is a little different than the one above. It came from a Christian Crafters bulletin board. It is also sung to "Jesus loves me"  Verse 1 Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew, James and John. Then came Philip, Thomas too, Matthew and Bartholomew.  Chorus: Yes, Jesus called them, Yes, Jesus called them, Yes, Jesus called them, and they followed Him.  Verse2 James his brother Thaddeus, Simon then came Judas. Twelve disciples here in all, Following the Master's call.  Chorus
1995 Alberta-Saskatchewan Children’s Writing Conference at Jackfish Lake


A blast from the past!

This is a photo of the participants at the first Alberta-Saskatchewan Children’s Writing Conference in 1995. It was held at Jackfish Lake, and is the forerunner of the CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons conferences that now take place every two years at Lumsden. (Both places are in Saskatchewan.)

Who are these mystery people? We’ve identified some of them, but if you know others, please leave a comment below. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The people we have identified:

Back row:

Theresa Heuchert, Gillian Richardson, ?, Bev Watson, Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Sue Bland, ?, ?, ?, Merle Harris, Mary Woodbury, Irene Morck, Myrna Guymer

Front row:

?, Dave Glaze, Dianne Young, Alison Lohans, Joyce Henderson, ?, ?, Jacolyn Caton, Betty (Dorion) Fitzpatrick

Whirling Dervish

Anne's granddaughter dancing
Anne’s granddaughter dancing

This photo captures a moment during the book launch of Dancing In My Bones. The launch took place at the Batoche museum on June 21, 2009. A young woman played a lively jig on her fiddle while a high school group performed. My granddaughter heard the call of the fiddle, too. At the side of the stage she started whirling and twirling to the beat. The audience loved it.

…Anne Patton

Mystery Box in Keremeos

Gillian Richardson at a reading of Kaboom! in Keremeos, B.C.
Gillian Richardson at a reading of Kaboom! in Keremeos, B.C.

In May 2009, Gillian did a 6-reading tour in libraries of the Okanagan valley in British Columbia. The photo shows her in Keremeos library, talking about her book Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds, published by Annick Press in September 2009. The box contains three things that are described in the book: popcorn, volcanic rock and seed pods that have burst open.