philly zine fest 2018!

Our second year at Philly Zine Fest and it was the same frenetic, friendly, not-enough-hands, good time as last November. Except this year, people recognized the kids! This year Claudia had two zines to give out (one which she had planned to have finished last year, honoring Delia Derbyshire), and she also had the first…

béla the photographer

Béla got a camera for his tenth birthday — a nice camera. A Canon Rebel DSLR. He has been having a good old time with it. He also had his first photography lesson, with Rich! And this is the portrait of Rich that came of it.   Here is a portrait of Claudia, who had…

le super grand continental

Another year, another Fringe Festival season. This year, the kids participated in Sylvain Émard‘s Le Super Grand Continental, a half-hour choreographed dance number with a very large cast. There were lots of rehearsals. Lots.   There were three performances, on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Two took place in the day, and…

no more writing on elephants though!

This happened a bit before “school” really “started”, but was still worthy of their first real journal entry of the year. The African-American Museum of Philadelphia hosted a showing of the documentary “Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence” with special guest, graffiti legend Cornbread. I had heard stories about Cornbread my whole life from my…

school pictures 2017-18 (and a little summer)

Last year, it being our first homeschooling year, we did a big shoot with a location, an infamous drag queen, and a well-known photographer (although both those folks were also friends.) That photo session was even made into a small book! This year has been a much more contemplative year, with some serious family issues,…

NIGRUM NOCTUA: THE HONEY OF DEATH

  On the very VERY first day of “back to homeschool” in September of 2017, I told the kids that one of our MAJOR goals was to attend PhilaMOCA’s “Tokusatsu Tuesday” program every month, and to begin filming our own episodic toku program. Even if we only got one done! “Even if we only got…