a friendship begins

A few months ago we watched the documentary Off the Rails. C. and B. were already of the sound opinion that the “court system” was nothing but a matter of opinion, subject to whim and change, and just as full of babyish, unhappy bullies as it was full of good lawyers doing work with respect…

the sketchbook project

Look what Claudia and Béla got for Christmas (in addition to months’ worth of books, a week of summer camp at “The Business of Doing Good”, requisite toys and candy cigarettes, fidgets and other treats): The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project registry date has come and gone, but the kids got sketchbooks, registered — and…

treasure island

When my dad died we inherited a large collection of classic children’s literature illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, and planned to use much of it for out-loud reading — taking turns within a book. The first book chosen by the kids was Treasure Island and Tucker read the first installment — and every installment after. I…

monsters, myths, and heroes of japan — a week at shofusu japanese house

Last week, Claudia and Béla spent their days cleaning the traditional Japanese house in Fairmount Park, feeding koi and turtles, and learning about (and obsessing about) yokai. We are sure they did other things too but this was the general takeaway.   Tucker and I made an attempt to terrify the children by creating yokai…