yellow belts

Claude is helping make the entrées for about three nights worth of suppers, Béla is pounding away one last practice of “Jukebox Hero”, and my god these people need some serious ablutions because today they earned their yellow belts in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. They are proud. They are also still hoping we get some read-out-loud time…

controlling the elements

The kids are out with friends at the park (I wonder how many hours they have logged at that park in their lifetimes so far? Frankly, there’s people keeping better count than I am) but I kinda can’t wait for them to get home because WAIT UNTIL BELA SEES THIS WATER BILL! IT’S NEVER BEEN…

various (incomplete)

I know this kid who suddenly had a passionate desire to see the water bill be lower than it’s ever been. We talked to our neighbors and ours is, and has for years, been ridiculous compared to the friends around us. Béla’s very vested in this and he suggested that the fact that the third…

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…

internship

We’ve been working for months now to find out ways that the kids can help out — during school hours — at various Mighty Writers locations in Philly, whether in reading to toddler-aged children, helping to design, print and distribute flyers, or — as they did today — transcribe workshop writing assignments to computer from…

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…

day of the davids

We would have thought it was a bit less than a week ago that we got “back” to homeschooling (although the fact is, we did a LOT of learning over the holidays), but we didn’t get back to any sort of “routine” last week, due to extremes of weather — massive snow storms, ice, lots…