protest banner workshop at asian arts initiative!

This is a post best told in pictures, mostly. In support of his “38 States” project, to work towards international adoptees being able to run for the office of President of the United States, Béla took a workshop in Protest Banner Making with Aram Han Sifuentes at the Asian Arts Initiative. There were some inspiring…

tokusatsu helmets: a long and winding road to nowhere (for now.)

We made it through all of 2017 without missing a single Tokusatsu Tuesday at PhilaMOCA. And while the kids had continued to talk about filming their episodic tokusatsu-style drama, it was continually waylayed. They wrote origin stories, but then changed their minds about them. There was lots of costume designing on paper, and friends who…

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,…

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…

laying down tracks

The kids have been getting some help at home, learning how to use Garage Band… and their Blue Yeti microphone that they got for Xmas… and the looper pedal… recording, basically. How to manage their own home recording. Getting them making multitrack original musical recordings — and using the vocal mike to create podcasts —…

martenitsi 2018

One more thing that, like Parade of Spirits, we’ve been doing since 2011. This year we just made them for each other and for one other family of friends — but we had found three new tutorials we really liked and so it was no chore at all, in fact it was more fun than…

claudia’s tenth birthday

Last year was Claude’s first homeschool birthday and it was really nice. This September was Béla’s first, and IT was really nice. This was Claudia’s tenth birthday, her second homeschooling birthday, and because it fell on a day when we had a lot of activities with other homeschoolers — well, it was just particularly great….

valentines, grey belts, and lupercalia cake

Oh, the whirlwind of the completely unconnected!!! First, Valentine’s Day. We don’t make much of it, but, why, Mom, why. As you can hear, Béla was a bit under the weather. This love-filled treat did not help. He was happier with the David Byrne valentine card he had snagged for himself — he and Claudia…

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…

first (and second) online class!

In the span of eight days we did two, one-off, one-hour classes using Outschool, and we are signed up for a three-session class on the Periodic Table. So far, I can’t recommend the experience highly enough. The first class was a math/art class in creating “impossible shapes”, such as Penrose triangles, and tesselations. Declan had…

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…

reedy jawns

Usually called “St. Brigid’s Crosses” for those who honor her — and something I’ve made for years, and for which I’ve even written a tutorial before, for a children’s craft column, in 2012. I remember making them last year in the last hours of my birthday, using colored zipties — also a fun way to…