ok, david byrne, we will forgive you this time.

They tried. But, no responses. Still, a kid’s first Reddit AMA is an important milestone. While they were waiting to see if they got a reply, a friend sent me an event listing on Facebook for something we had HOPED would happen (and which I thought was a lot more likely to happen once Jonathan…

38 states

Well, South Korea has a new President today. But Béla’s Facebook Group, 38 States, was created a couple of weeks ago while Claudia was working on her standardized testing. Béla did as much of it himself as is possible, and I am very proud of him for that. While kids younger than Facebook-age may be…

contact staves and contemporary color

It took a little while to get all the materials set up, so Claude had to play with some veil poi in the meantime… But Tuck and I had gotten everything necessary to make some weighted, PVC, practice contact staves — for the whole family! The kids love contact staff videos and it does make…

personal narratives about our quick trip to england

With an extra photo or two. (Trying on hats in a department store in Oxford) She wanted to do so much more of the historical stuff in London than we had time for. Also, for clarity, what she learned about a lot of Black people in England was that they identified themselves by the places…

what the blues is, the blues cures

They worked REALLY hard for the Blues show at School of Rock this year. Although Béla had played cowbell in the Bowie shows last summer, this was his first “real” show, where he was THE drummer, for two songs. He was fantastic. She was fantastic. The first show was at School of Rock on a…

weapons, to scale

“Longer than that”. She could describe it, but she had run out of room to draw it… and thus a lesson was born. I read a whole article today about a school that does EVERYTHING through live action role play (LARP). My kids love their larping group, Epic Adventurez, and one of their teachers there,…

strandbeest

Sometimes there’s no point in adding any commentary because just listening to them talk (in this case, Béla), it’s obvious that we don’t need to “test” them very much to see that they learn. He has had this model for POSSIBLY half his life. He and Tucker finished it in two hours. I really don’t…

just a claudia morning

I brushed my teeth to the sound of her singing “Happy Birthday”, and saw that she had set up this party for “Frank”, her gargoyle that she won at the zombie ice skate last winter. They are having tea and apple cake. When she looked out the front door and saw that they were cutting…

backstage with bread and puppet theatre

Our friend Janet has been my partner in making Parade of Spirits, Liberty Lands (formerly Krampuslauf Philadelphia) happen since 2011. She has been part of Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theatre for much longer than that. When Bread and Puppet come to Philly in their big bus, they often sleep at Janet’s house. That was the…