I spent most of my adult life teaching French-Canadian literature and literary translation. Over the years I developed an interest in the relationship between literature and the visual arts and that topic still fascinates me today.
Upon retirement I embraced a number of learning opportunities and started my studies of Ikebana which in itself can be a lifelong occupation. As an Assistant Professor of Ikebana (Kakyo), with the Ikenobo School of Ikebana I now enjoy sharing with my students at the Edmonton Japanese Community Association where I lead the Ikebana Club.
I also spend quite a bit of time on improving my golf game, a passion described in my other blog entitled Golf in the 70’s. Over the years we have traveled extensively in Europe (where we had a home-base in Switzerland for 4 years), in Australia, Asia and Africa where we spent a year before heading back home to Canada. Although I have sometimes been a reluctant traveler, I find my enjoyment of traveling is increasing rather than diminishing, especially if there is a promise of good food, interesting local culture and a golf course along the way.
Most of the photos appearing on this blog are the work of my spouse, Brenda Jackson. She, at times, signs her photos with her francopogo watermark. Occasionally, when I am travelling on my own to workshops, or when Brenda appears in the pictures, the photography is mine. We do enjoy working in partnership.