this is how she sees me.

And she’s the one who’s harder on me. I have won every golden ticket there is to win.  Forever.

reviving the art of the christmas eve ghost story

This was the second year that Claudia participated in “The Dark is Rising” readalong beginning on Midwinter’s Eve. Both kids also caught (out of the corner of one eye) a few episodes from my BBC “Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve” DVD box set. A lot of steps to string together, but each of the kids…

io, saturnalia!

Like the one-hit wonder band of my early teen years, here’s a little Roman holiday for you. At the root of all midwinter revelry is Saturnalia — an opportunity to learn some Roman culture, a little astronomy, a chance to make a big Saturnian lantern, and to make some delicious — REALLY delicious — honey-sweetened…

much rock

This is mostly a post about the Winter SoR performance season, but I do have to mention that we were at the school grabbing some extra vocal (!) lessons for Béla a few Saturday mornings ago when a nice dreadlocked woman came in and said that her band, who were playing next door that night,…

two years of homeschooling

The two-year anniversary of our homeschooling life fell on a Saturday, but not a Saturday with nothing to do. Kulu Mele’s “Journey” was happening as well as our own journey. See if you can find Claudia (whose brother stayed with her five extra hours of rehearsal time): When we got home, it was ordering in…

ImprovEd Shakespeare’s “Global Hamlet”

(There MIGHT be a third video being added to this post — I’m not sure. But I couldn’t hold back from putting this up any longer.) The new Agile Learning Center had put a message up on one of the local homeschool groups about the ImprovEd Shakespeare Company breezing through to produce a little bit…

philly zine fest 2018!

Our second year at Philly Zine Fest and it was the same frenetic, friendly, not-enough-hands, good time as last November. Except this year, people recognized the kids! This year Claudia had two zines to give out (one which she had planned to have finished last year, honoring Delia Derbyshire), and she also had the first…