About Me

About me pictureWelcome to my blog! A potpourri of thoughts and experiences.

Β Who am I? I came kicking into this world early one summer morning and was described as a daughter. Just over two years later, I became known as a sister when my squalling siblings joined me in the home. I grew up, as many do, living with my sisters and parents in middle class suburbia. High school came, and was lived though. I stepped on the university campus and became known for 5 years as a full-time ‘varsity student. The experience for me was liberating as I integrated into student life and I read and debated on topics of interest.

Eventually the freedom I experienced from being a student was curtailed by responsibility: I graduated holding my degree proudly; and then stepped into the classroom. My days in front of the classroom were balanced with the time I spent dancing in the evenings, reading voraciously, and sewing. Years later, my life changed again when I became known as a wife (on a day filled with celebration) and a mother (when holding my own infant in my arms). Changing my address from one country to another has earned me the name immigrant.

Β I am made up of all the adjectives used to describe me, the experiences that have formed me, and the thoughts that flow through me when I read and react to what is happening in my surroundings. My blog is an expression of who I am; a potpourri of my experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I look forward to getting to know who you are as I share what I am.

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160 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello, Colline! I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my place and for taking the time to comment. Now that I’m here and see how comfy your digs are, I’ll be back — but in a nice way, not like the Terminator. πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Colline! Thanks for visiting my blog and for following! I love your description “a potpourri of thoughts and experiences”. I am looking forward to reading your posts too. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

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  3. So glad you caught my unusual photo – now I have met you I will return to see what next arrives in your bowl. You sound like someone who enjoys their life, good wishes, Elspeth

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  4. Thank you Colline for stopping by my site and commenting on various posts. I have replied to all, I think. It is with new found blogger friendship and the enjoyment of reading and following your site that makes writing and posting all the more enjoyable. thanks ….;) be seeing ya. a Brit trying to be american don’t work does it? ‘Have a good day’

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    1. Found the links on your posts interesting to read – that is what I like about this 7×7 link award. I have now been introduced to more of your work. Enjoy the rest of your day too – see ya πŸ™‚

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    1. I was born and bread in South Africa. After university I spent some time in Europe with Paris as my home base (I was an au pair for a year). Currently I live in Toronto with my husband and children πŸ™‚

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  5. I know you already have a lot of awards but I am nominating you anyway for the Versatile Blog Award. It is my way of saying thank you for your time and effort in your writing. Much of your life reflects mine with moving, being a stay at home mom. I am originally from Ontario Canada and have a summer home not far from Toronto. Any way here is the link to the award, do with it as you wish. This is just my way of saying thanks.

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    1. Yes, by listening, sharing and celebrating their life stories we become connected. It also make us feel that we are not alone in the joys and pains of life. That all of us go through a similar road. The only difference is whom we walk it with and how many people we try to reach out to. Thanks

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  6. Wow, took a closer look at your blog. You are quite the net worker. There is versatility in your work that I appreciate. Will stop again. Thanks for the comment, it blesses deep.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. I did not want to be bound by a particular theme or topic. Instead I write/post whatever comes mind, or whatever I read that I wish to share with others that I have come to know through blogging.

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  7. Thank you for following my blog. Time seems to be compressed lately. I awake today feeling so grateful for my life and all its’ blessings so I decided to start thanking people. Blog-pals are important to me.

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  8. Hey Colline,
    I hear ya on the squabling siblings lol I have two younger brothers. Even though my bros and I are all in our 30’s now we still get into our occasional arguements!
    What classes and grades do you teach? My wife is a high school teacher and I hated most of my high school teachers though my opinion of high school teachers changed when I met my wife! Congrats on getting married and your child! My wife and I have been married two years though no children yet, hopefully they will come soon.
    Great too meet you and thanks for checking out my blog!
    James

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    1. I am currently teaching grade 1 French Immersion – though I have taught children of all grades and even adults. Enjoy the solo time you have with your wife because life does change when you add little personalities to your life (though I would not change that scenario for anything!).

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    1. Yes, I no longer live in the land of my birth (thus the references to snow from someone born in the southern hemisphere). I, too, look forward to getting to know you πŸ™‚

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  9. Hello Colline, thank you for taking a look at belgradestreets today, I enjoyed reading your summary of your life….different perspectives and yet we all stay the same inside despite the adjectives others use to label us…. Andy

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  10. I really like how you tell your story in this page. I especially love that you describe your blog as a potpourri of your experiences, feelings and thoughts. I believe your readers do enjoy breathing in its colorful scents. πŸ˜€

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    1. I have never been told of this connection, and I am now unable to find out. My dad did choose my name: he grew up in a French-speaking family and he enjoyed the opera very much. La Boheme was one of his favourites.

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  11. Hi Colline, thank you for waiting so patiently for me to make my way over to your blog to say many thanks for the follow on my wee blog. You are most welcome and please feel free to comment. Hope you are having a great week. Will now take a look around your blog, MM πŸ€

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  12. Thanks for coming to my blog and commenting Colline. Always nice to see someone from out in the world making the effort. πŸ™‚ Where exactly are you anyway?

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  13. I found your blog through the events…I am all about gratitude and gratefulness. I try to always keep the glass half full. I was almost killed in a car accident, except luckily I was just left with a traumatic brain injury (coma for 5 weeks, paralyzed on my left side and lost my vision for a bit). I became a better person for that experience and learned much about life at 21, a young just married. So did my husband. We have been married now for 37 years, together for 40. I was 16 when we got together and he is still the love of my life. We also lost our second son, Sean Patrick. That too made me a better mom to my 4 other children. I love anything that has to do with gratitude ❀ I'll be following and participating in your blogging event. Blessings ❀

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    1. Sounds like you have plenty to be grateful for. It is wonderful that you have been together with the person you love for so long. You are truly a role model to others. I look forward to reading your gratitude posts.

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