Caveat – I am in fact, a PlayGroundologist in training….
- father of five: two vibrant young women, Makyla and Alexa, both in their 20s; a 5 1/2-year-old in primary, Noah-David; a
3 1/2-year-old pre-schooler, Nellie-Rose who is both little sister and big sister; and 18-month-old, Lila-Jeanne. My wife Mélanie and I are doing our best to keep up with three children in the five and under world. We are frequently breathless….
– author of PlayGroundology online since January, 2010, a blog that scours the web for all things bright, beautiful and occasionally tarnished about the world of playgrounds. Through PlayGroundology, I’ve become a fan of flickr – a phenomenal research tool full of awesome images posted by generous photographers. Read more at The Playgrounds of Flickrville. My modest photostream can be viewed here.
– editor and founder of PlayGround Chronicles online since June, 2009, a blog that reviews and promotes playgrounds in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This year, 2011, is our third season of mapping, photographing and writing up playgrounds in our city by the sea. My younger kids and I are always ready for a playground adventure that will take us to a new neighbourhood.
- tweeting at @playgroundology. many thanks to all the wonderful tweeters who populate this largest real time conversation with humour, wisdom and useful information and insights from all over the world.
- tumblring with tumblr at PlayGrounding – this is an occasional exhibition place for photos, short text blasts, drawings, videos mostly related to playgrounds and a sharing space for found wonders.
I like to write and so far have mostly managed to contain myself to things I know a little something about. Whatever the subject, I always know that there’s plenty of room to learn a lot more. That’s where the online world comes in. It’s the ultimate emporium of curiosity and the imagination. I love the camaraderie and openness of the creators and the phenomenal capacity to undertake research.
The two playground blogs are inspired by my kids. It is my father-in-law though, a retired public school physical education teacher, who inadvertently sent me down the playgrounds trail when we were just hanging out with the kids a couple of summers back. It’s a rare day that we’re not on playground patrol when visiting chez grand-papa Raymond in Sorel, Quebec.
Playgrounding with my children is supported by a job in the public sector where I work in public affairs. Along the way, I’ve tried my hand at a number of things – an accidental farm labourer, glass factory box maker, a canada world youther, bilingual dishwasher, historic log church site refurbisher, demolition labourer, steward for the captain of an icebreaker, street theatre player, peace movement youth exchange coordinator, daycare and elementary school teacher, film festival publicist, unilingual dishwasher, proofreader, freelance broadcaster and writer, church and house painter, paper boy, tree planter, untested and unrequited poet, insulation installer, arts and culture administrator, weather data for broadcast seeker, technical translator, mopper of decks and cleaner of heads, built heritage researcher, conference centre cleaning and cooking staffer, national association communications director, federal and provincial public servant, night watchman in a small town park/playground.
The best job hands down is being dad.
Thanks for reading. Please contact me if you’re interested in contributing to either of the blogs – email@example.com.
Updated – May 2, 2011
P.S. I keep track of some of my thoughts/experiences as a Dad and my kids’ adventures/shenanigans in the following blogs –