béla: thinking outside the quadrilateral

Béla woke up on Thursday morning, quite sick. He lay on the couch all day, caught up on a lot of Steven Universe, and started watching The Get-Down. A lab test the next morning confirmed that it was the actual flu; the scary kind. It wasn’t fun. He looked like a broken nutcracker, with bright…

lunar new year at the buddhist temple

We had meant to stop at our neighborhood Asian-American Buddhist association last weekend but did not make it. That turned out to be a good thing, because when we went there today, we were just in time for lunch… and Lunar New Year celebrations. Well we were actually a tad early. We went and got…

five mysterious puppets

There’s very little for me to say here, other than that, after a month, we got out the incomplete “Lion in Winter” puppets, took a census, and made a to-do list. We have a puppetry challenge on DIY.org for a shadow puppet performance, and i THINK I’ve thought of a scene we might use for…

making bismuth crystals for tucker’s birthday

Well. We did a FEW things for Tucker’s birthday, and he got very thoughtful gifts from these kids — including a new stainless steel ring from Béla that is in itself a spinning fidget. Claudia worked hard to make a special ball filled with her wishes for Tuck, a photo of them together, and things…

knitting is good

Claudia has been doing hand-over-hand knitting with me since she was tiny, and while she has only completed one project (a blanket for her special stuffed friend Hoogah), and has been working the same stockinette round for over two years now — she’s not a bad knitter. She can pick it up on her own…

the brotherest day (it was pretty good for claudia, too)

Having seen Béla hang out happily at home playing a game or two, or coloring at Indy Hall, while Claudia attended her Girl Scouts meeting — frankly, Claudia is frequently, and literally, “center stage” at times Béla is not — Tuck offered to take B. to the Franklin Institute to see the Robot Revolution exhibit….

inauguration day: fight for your right. every right.

Claudia has been making some observations about identification of rocks, and what’s happening to them in the tumbler. She’s got a tiny little notebook here — they each got a number of them in their stockings — in which she and Béla each keep a variety of casual notations. Seeing her write in this reminded…

welcome to “The Lion In Winter” project

On Christmas Eve of 2015, Claudia watched The Lion In Winter for the first time. She watched it a number of times subsequent to that (with Béla joining in mostly for battle and fighting scenes), and she received a copy of the script for her birthday in February. For Christmas of 2016, Tucker and I…

Dear Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

Dear Mayor Kenney, I tried really hard to volunteer for your council campaign over twenty years ago. Only ever got the phone runaround. I am thrilled to see you as Mayor. I have two eight-year-old children, one adopted domestically (African-American, born here in Philly) and the other adopted from South Korea. My son, Béla, is…

3D printer

So far, the 3D printer has had its issues. We have had to order replacement motors, since the originals seem a bit jerky. There is a sort of open learning/urgent care 3D printer night at Indy Hall to which Ben can haul his new obsession at the end of the month. Some of the things…

gustic: the MLK day rally, and mother bethel church

On Martin Luther King Day, we met up with kids and families from Camp Sojourner, which is run by our friend Rich’s friend Alisha. We made signs and traveled together on the subway to Independence Mall for the start of the MLK D.A.R.E March. That’s how both the kids spell “justice”, apparently, but I think…