latin? check. fire safety? check .

Most people know we are the “Parade of Spirits” family (or, going back far enough, the “Krampuslauf Family”). Costuming, folklore, festal culture… soldering battery packs for LED lanterns… using big X-acto blades for cutting foam props… all part of our homeschooling experience. Claudia appeared this year as an amethyst geode — a costuming departure, to…

building baba yaga’s hut

Our homeschool “unit” on architecture was a little different than we thought it would be (at least for last year it was.) We had planned some construction on the house, and then unplanned it. Even this late in the summer, the “easier” job of playing musical chairs with the use of certain rooms (Béla and…

“a mirror maze: numbers in nature” at the franklin

An exhibit that Mom here would not be able to handle. I don’t do mirror mazes. We’ll let the experience speak for itself, although Ben says that the exhibit’s definition of the Golden Ratio was somewhat wonky. Seems like they had a good time. Glad it was good for them, because I can barely watch…

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…

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…