saturday sudoku

not much to say about this except after an afternoon of hanging on south street, they both sat down and started doing sudoku together. it was the last thing i expected but they can work together so well. it’s a pleasure to listen to. the video says a lot about their relationship.

spring rolls (eventually)

We hear that the the groundhog did not see his shadow today and we will have an early spring. After a week of a household cold, and incredibly cold temperatures, it was nice to have an upturn for my birthday — which we began early last night just as an insurance policy, with a lot…

Revelations in Role-play of an Autistic, First-time D&D Dungeon Master

Around the end of November 2017, I offered to be the Dungeon Master for a Dungeons & Dragons group comprised of local and homeschooled children. While I had never played D&D before, I had long been interested in D&D culture and gladly accepted, and set forth on reading loads of articles packed with tips, and…

lend me some sugar — i am your neighbor

Surprise, we aren’t a big sports family and don’t watch a lot of games. But it was exciting that the Eagles were in the Super Bowl and Jason Douglass’ Danceadelphia, which has been the kids’ studio since they were preschoolers, ALWAYS goes ALL OUT for EVERYTHING for Philly kids. Jersey-burning? Yep. Greased pole? Yep. I…

a rainy friday of snakes

Thanks to this inspiring and energizing video by Vi Hart, I spent — eh — a little under thirty dollars? — and bought four dozen plastic articulated snakes. Oh, these will get use more than once — with a number of friends, I have no doubt. But our particularly weather-intrepid friends A and Z came…

a year ago tonight

Was the last night of my life as a parent whose kids went to school. They came home on the afternoon of November 30th and Claudia asked me, “Can I say ‘damn’?” I said she could. “I’m never going back to that damned place,” she said. And Béla nodded. So that was it. Whatever I…

strandbeest

Sometimes there’s no point in adding any commentary because just listening to them talk (in this case, Béla), it’s obvious that we don’t need to “test” them very much to see that they learn. He has had this model for POSSIBLY half his life. He and Tucker finished it in two hours. I really don’t…