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…

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…

RITUAL

Months and months ago, we saw this call for single-sheet zines on the topic of “ritual”. The solicitation included a pattern for folding a single-sheet zine and this is, actually, what we used for the kids first zines — the “Six Simple Machines of Physics” and “Do Crystals Have Minds?” zines. But I really wanted…

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…

philly ‘zine fest!

Up until yesterday the kids thought ‘zines were just fine — they knew what their own looked like, and they knew what a shelf-full at Fantom Comics in D.C. looked like. But yesterday was the Philly ‘Zine Fest, and boy did that change things! WHAT an avalanche of fun. The kids brought the printouts they…

first week of homeschool year 2017-18!

It could have started off on the wrong foot entirely. Having had a medication reaction and in the midst of a rather extended period of pain-induced insomnia (I woke up on Sunday morning and did not sleep again until Tuesday night), being chipper and ready to start learning on Tuesday morning did not seem a…

working on end-of-year capstone projects

Since Tucker had a Senior Capstone Project (“There and Bleghhh! Again: Understanding the Molecular Basis of Taste Preferences and Predicting Bitterness Perception”) that he presented last month, my idea of assigning the kids an end of year “research paper” turned into “research paper in the form of a ‘zine” and then became the kids’ “capstone…

the eloquent claudia

I asked Claudia to look up a quote in “The Lion In Winter”, and said I would write it out for her in cursive and she could copy it. I feel like she’s ready to start writing in cursive regularly if she wishes to. I was not terribly surprised by the quote she chose. It’s…

the pigpen cypher and the ASL alphabet

Just things that have shown up over the last couple of weeks. Tucker taught the kids the Pigpen Cypher in the car coming back from D.C. and Béla played with it for a few days. After seeing the Martha Graham Cracker All-Access show, Claudia became very interested in ASL. I remembered the book I’d had…

martha graham cracker: all-access

We were excited to hear that the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret was doing a special show in a wheechair-accessible space, with adaptations for vision- and hearing-impaired fans. Memie and Ow Tow (Aunt Megan and Uncle Tom) had never seen Martha. Her monthly venue is an impossibility for Memie’s wheelchair. That’s showbiz. We have taken Tucker’s…