“accomplishment”

I do not think I ever heard Claudia use the word “accomplishment” so many times in one week as she did finishing up her “Black Athena” project. All for-sale prints were sold, and she was able to deliver eighteen Barbies of color, and eight sets of spring-summer pajamas, to Cradles to Crayons at the start…

field trip! oxford and london, england

Shortly after Christmas I saw a call for abstracts for a conference called Winter Festivals and Traditions, to be held at Oxford University. They were very short abstracts and so — since it’s harder for me NOT to talk about neurodiversity and processional arts than it is for me to talk about it — I…

please stand by

In the last week or so the kids have done some great things: A Nonviolent Direct Action Workshop. Robotic LEGO Boat-Building. They’ve also been home with a very emotional mom — one of my old and dear friends is very ill and is on life-support. Somehow though, even though it looked iffy until THE very…

in various formats, asperger’s are us

The first time Claude and Béla (or any of us) saw Asperger’s Are Us live was two years ago at Drexel University. Tuck and I had gotten a lot of support from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and they had made it possible to fund the show, in a great space, free to attend, with…

finally — FINALLY — the baba yaga contraption.

They worked. So hard. On the day of the actual Philly Contraption Contest, they set it up, made some last minute flourishes, and tried to run it for some visiting friends. Just as they went to start it, the cat walked by, knocking Tucker’s twenty ounces of iced coffee all over the base of the…

she changes right before my eyes

New adventures in writing — which, frankly, the kids both treated rather superfluously, preferring to just watch me bite the pillow and moan — centered on me getting my second tattoo, a much larger, much more detailed one than my first. Béla photographed my tattoo about ten minutes before it was finished; but I needed…

“blizzard” = hardcore contraption making

It wasn’t so much of a blizzard as a “really unpleasant day outside”. We are still working on our Rube Goldberg contraption although we are now happily aware it cannot withstand the rigors of the Philly Contraption Contest. But I mean — what better way to plan for next year? Here’s Baba Yaga amongst the…

the pigpen cypher and the ASL alphabet

Just things that have shown up over the last couple of weeks. Tucker taught the kids the Pigpen Cypher in the car coming back from D.C. and Béla played with it for a few days. After seeing the Martha Graham Cracker All-Access show, Claudia became very interested in ASL. I remembered the book I’d had…

more on claude’s “black athena” project

Well, we can OFFICIALLY say she couldn’t have done it without her brother, because every printer needs a “printer’s devil” (assistant) with clean hands. They worked together, and are finished printing (over two very independent sessions). We will be editioning the work this week and sending out the ones that were sold. How is it…

how to win a contest that hasn’t even happened yet (part one)

A few years ago I took Béla over to Drexel University’s engineering school, where students were trying to set the World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg contraption ever. It was fun to see, but it wasn’t really a nail-biter, as the contraption failed in more places than it worked, and needed a lot of…

black athena

We began volunteering for Philadelphia’s Cradles to Crayons in literally the first shift we could schedule when we started homeschooling. I wanted the kids to be doing service work within their city, and understanding more about poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, as these things can be part of the conversation of our everyday lives…

martha graham cracker: all-access

We were excited to hear that the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret was doing a special show in a wheechair-accessible space, with adaptations for vision- and hearing-impaired fans. Memie and Ow Tow (Aunt Megan and Uncle Tom) had never seen Martha. Her monthly venue is an impossibility for Memie’s wheelchair. That’s showbiz. We have taken Tucker’s…