eclectic learning network homeschool art show in germantown

This is the shop where we often hang out while the kids are at the TED-Ed club sponsored by ELN, which we love. And hey, look, we got to see Ed Feldman! While the kids did not create any brand new work for this show, Claudia showed her “Black Athena” print (homeschool podcaster and speaker…

more halloween prep (with uncle al)

Although he made it look like a much more foreboding experience than it actually was, Béla and Claudia went to Termini’s bakery for the infamous “dead bones” cookies. Of which I doubt they ate more than one. Claudia’s YouTube makeup tutorial searches landed us with a formidable shopping list, but we amended it to be…

pinbox 3000, greek mythology version

Purchased many months ago at a Bread and Puppet performance, this tabletop, cardboard pinball-machine kit has been hanging out, not-quite-done, for some time now. The kids knew they wanted to personalize it and had decided on a theme of — surprise! — Greek Mythology. While they had begun printing images of gods online and gluing…

halloween season begins (and it’s hot and muggy, thanks global warming).

Crank that AC and burn that pumpkin spice candle. Check out the Halloween displays before it’s even October. Order decorations online (like a “Village of the Damned” bunting.) Get a David-Bowie’s-Stages-of-Life-While-Trick-or-Treating pennant.   Beg for foods you would otherwise have no chance of getting. (Béla really impressed me by exclaiming over those “Frahnkensteen Papes”. He…

octavius catto

A few weekends ago we drove past City Hall and saw that a statue was hanging in the air from it’s armpits. Big spikes protruded from the base, ready to help anchor the piece permanently. We came home and searched around online to figure out who this statue represented — it was certainly a black…