mary, queen of scots

While still behind on the production schedule for the zines for our Capstone Projects, we did write in a good bit of wiggle room for that. And, while Béla begins studying Benny Hill, Claudia has moved onto Elizabeth Tudor. She watched both Cate Blanchett films (one during a day we all had a cold and…

internship

We’ve been working for months now to find out ways that the kids can help out — during school hours — at various Mighty Writers locations in Philly, whether in reading to toddler-aged children, helping to design, print and distribute flyers, or — as they did today — transcribe workshop writing assignments to computer from…

the sketchbook project

Look what Claudia and Béla got for Christmas (in addition to months’ worth of books, a week of summer camp at “The Business of Doing Good”, requisite toys and candy cigarettes, fidgets and other treats): The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project registry date has come and gone, but the kids got sketchbooks, registered — and…

this is how she sees me.

And she’s the one who’s harder on me. I have won every golden ticket there is to win.  Forever.

reviving the art of the christmas eve ghost story

This was the second year that Claudia participated in “The Dark is Rising” readalong beginning on Midwinter’s Eve. Both kids also caught (out of the corner of one eye) a few episodes from my BBC “Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve” DVD box set. A lot of steps to string together, but each of the kids…

io, saturnalia!

Like the one-hit wonder band of my early teen years, here’s a little Roman holiday for you. At the root of all midwinter revelry is Saturnalia — an opportunity to learn some Roman culture, a little astronomy, a chance to make a big Saturnian lantern, and to make some delicious — REALLY delicious — honey-sweetened…

much rock

This is mostly a post about the Winter SoR performance season, but I do have to mention that we were at the school grabbing some extra vocal (!) lessons for Béla a few Saturday mornings ago when a nice dreadlocked woman came in and said that her band, who were playing next door that night,…