Retirement for me has been like a 3 stage rocket launch. I finished up with classroom work sometime ago but continued with the one-day-a-week sculpture project for another year, then that finished at the end of last year. On July 1st 2018, the final stage occurred and I officially retired. Today I attended a morning tea where the Principal Judith Stuart thanked me on behalf of the education department for my 30 years of service. I can’t say that I have missed the routine of work as I have been so busy and focussed on the future of my own creative life. I don’t see it so much as ‘retirement’ but as FREEDOM. This freedom begins with an upcoming trip to Emma, an artists’ collaboration in Saskatoon in Canada.