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…

rocky!

OK not our most academic post ever, but I had read last night on Facebook that they were moving some of the cars in our neighborhood to clear the way for the filming of “Creed II”. My guess was they were using the Victor Café, which becomes “Adrian’s” in the Rocky saga, and I had…

“HOW DARE YOU!” — A MUSIC VIDEO

On a bright Saturday morning — quite a bit earlier than we usually like to be up — our friend Steven met us at the River Walk for some of HIS kind of fun. Oh, we have long enjoyed Steven’s fun on Facebook and YouTube… but the kids have not gotten to participate… until now….

a beautiful friday outdoors

And my first sunburn (the peeling kind) in decades. First, breakfast at The Dutch. Béla put Cholula all over his Dutch Baby. Then we went to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. I had expected we’d just spend an hour or two there — had packed sketchbooks and whatnot. Someone from the grounds…

two davids in four days

Even late in 2017 as I was buying the tickets and putting these events on the calendar, I knew: it was going to make for a hell of a week, and not entirely in the good sense. Tickets to “David Bowie Is” at the Brooklyn Museum for a Sunday daytrip; and, that coming Wednesday night,…

illharmonic hip hop orchestra

The kids received two sets of tickets for the whole family on Christmas day (we found them in the tree): one for “David Bowie Is” at the Brooklyn museum next month, and one for Illharmonic Hip Hop Orchestra. The Orchestra performed at the Rotunda, where the Philly Zine Fest had been. Claudia saw one girl…

the terra cotta warriors and the sky-bike

Today we went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute with our friend Deanna. But you know how it is with terra cotta warriors (and augmented reality)… one of them got into the house before we’d even called an Uber. Ugh. Once at the exhibit, we were able to take them in…

school is a drag

looking for an unusual and irreverent holiday gift?   School is a Drag is the photo essay book produced by Rich Wexler of New Castro Photo. it contains the entire shoot from the kids’ 2016-17 “homeschool portrait” session, as well as their sketches, and text from them, and me, about why we chose to participate in…

homeschooling anniversary

I didn’t get to this post until after midnight — for obvious reasons — but our homeschooling anniversary is December FIRST, and here is what the kids spent it doing: Decorating Indy Hall for the holidays… Making God’s Eyes for Parade of Spirits, Liberty Lands with Lux Arati… Maybe a LITTLE nervous about doing the…

south silly cam episode 4

I’ve got some great posts coming up because we are doing some cool stuff, but this appeared online on Thanksgiving morning and we sacrificed a bit of the Macy’s Parade to put it on. Worth it! All three shoots our family worked on to be part of this episode were great and the kids definitely…