About me

My name is Daniela. I was never crazy about my first name. I always liked my middle name better. I went on a name strike when I was six, refusing to respond to anything but my middle name. Like the rest of the few strikes in my former communist country, mine died suddenly and was never to be heard of again. Now I like my name. It takes a few good people to call it right – my mom first of all – for me to hear it the way it was meant.

I write. Occasionally it comes out so right it makes me feel smug about it. Other times it’s the opposite. It takes discipline to make it work, and that’s a constant struggle. You’d think I’d be done with that by now. I wish. One day I’ll look back and laugh about it though.

I am a mother to two beloved boys who play in mud up to their necks – this not a figure of speech – and believe that boundaries are more of a fictional creation than flying pigs. They are no strangers to carving with pocketknives either. I would not have it any other way.

I have one membership: I belong to the Cloud Appreciation Society. Yes, it exists. It involves cloud chasing.

I teach (occasionally). If I say Biochemistry and Cellular Biology you might turn your head and look for something less scary. But hear me out. I have learned more about myself and why I do what I do through teaching than I would learn from a psychologist. To hear a student say they now see the world around with different eyes is the goal; often accomplished. Makes it all worthwhile.

I used to be terrified of the dark, now I am just afraid, but know for a fact that fear is not an option when you have two little people looking up to you. Yet these days I acknowledge being human more than ever before. It’s a good place to start. Life has thrown a few curve balls at me over the last few years but I still think being alive is one of the best things that’s happened to me. The other one is being a mother.

My world is a fast-moving one. I have a blue racing bike that I pair with for races and such, or just rides that make my heart swell in ways that cannot be explained unless you hop on one yourself and hit the road. I also run every day and plan to keep doing so until. Should be a while though.

One of my favorite quotes is by Helen Keller: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Agree? I thought so. Never had so much of my toes out in the sun, but today felt like the perfect day to do it.

If you care to know about my professional qualifications, please feel free to ask for my curriculum vitae, I will be happy to oblige. Otherwise, stay a while, read and drop me a line. Oh, and welcome, I always forget this part but mean it every time.

 

9 thoughts on “About me

  1. Gord

    Beautiful photography. I enjoy the clarity and depth of your writing,
    Gord

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  2. Patricia Howick

    I’ve been reading your newspaper columns since they started in the Kamloops Daily News. When I’m reading them, I feel like you are someone I would like to know personally. So far, I’ve agreed with most of your parenting stories. I enjoy your “musings”. Although I have just joined “Facebook”, I’m still a little leery about leaving my personal comments for all to see. I am a wife, mother of 4, mother-in-law of 4, grandmother of 11 plus great grandmother of 5. One of the lines in your column of Aug. 17/13 struck a chord with me. I’ve thought that if we all remember to say our pleases and thankyous our lives are so much more comfortable with each other. Even if we think it’s somewhat automatic, the other person may not feel the same way and may get into the habit of using those words more often.

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    1. Daniela Ginta Post author

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Patricia. I agree with you, getting in the habit of saying thank you and please would make a difference. Simple common sense changes often bring the most amazing results.

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  3. eric janzen

    Hi Daniela,

    I appreciated your recent critique in the Kamloops Daily News on our “throwaway” culture. I was reminded of one practical step that can be taken to combat this: older desktops, laptops and netbooks can be given a new lease on life by installling a linux based operating system. Windows XP is reaching “end of life” in April 2014 and the system requirements of newer versions of Windows are often too high for older computers. I am, in fact, now typing on a 2009 Acer Aspire One netbook that would be facing “end of life” in April if not for the new operating system it now has, Ubuntu (a user-friendly, efficient linux system). While it was a bit of work to get Ubuntu installed (by creating a bootable USB stick and telling the bios to boot from the USB stick), it was well worth the effort and it’s likely that this netbook will see many more years of use rather than getting replaced by the “latest and greatest” device.

    Eric
    Kamloops

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  4. J

    (The) Truth is a funny thing… We spend our entire lives living in it and yet -for the majority, I’d say- one’s time is spent running in the opposite direction or simply finding methods to mask or obscure its very existence we find ourselves in…. Strange really: humans.

    (Most would say: It is because I don’t know everything, I can’t be sure of anything, therefore I will ignore ‘it’ and just -seemingly- live and then all will be ok afterwards. [Really? !] – I heard one lady some years back say, that it all comes out in the wash…. Sounded…’momentarily true.’)

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  5. J

    -I think you have the hearts of the people of Kamloops _and_ your sustainable, as one sees on the CFJC Midday program. Nobody minds taking care of the planet; it just should never be a religion or religious intention.
    On A Personal _Friendly- Note:

    “Hey ! Who raised you to be this good at the word…words and getting what you feel to paper so readily, so full of the ‘visual?’

    -Tis good to see your flair hinged to and through your thoughts and much grander than the mere clouds, my dear…

    Carry on and write us, yet, pleasantries from your heart; they’re excellent. !

    ‘Ya, Loopsian.’ -Ha, I just made that up!

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