Since this is my year to bloom, I’ve decided every week or so (give or take… I’m not boxing myself in) I’m going to do one of those things “they” say you need to do in order to be a happy, healthy, self-actualized adult. Over this past week, I’ve decided to be really conscientious about drinking the prescribed amount of water.
Why drink water? Well, I researched and the most convincing arguments seemed to be Read more...
- It helps you maintain the right balance of body fluids. Not only does water help carry all the nutrients to their proper homes, it also helps cleanse toxins from your body.
1. When I put my mind to it, I can fly like a boss. It was my goal last year, to be, as Victor Hugo said, “…like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” In 2014, I paused, rested, refreshed, sang, and then flew away to the next big adventure. I learned the value of flying and of resting. A billion years ago in college I had the realization that music was made up of both sound and silence, and that without both, you just have noise. Likewise, this year I learned that flying went hand in hand with resting and reflecting. Read more...
Every year I pick a watchword or “one little word” to be my guide for the year. Last year, it was fly, and my year was amazing. I have learned so much this past year, about myself and about the world. I got a fabulous new job, released my children onto the world, made amazing friends, pursued my own interests, and generally had a hell of a good time. Past words have been home, joy, hope, and peace.
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I write a lot for work, and that’s fine. It’s one of my favorite parts of the job. But I really, really, really miss having this space. I keep waiting for the right moment… the right words… the right reason… and I realize it’s just never going to all be aligned just so. And so, I’m just going to start writing again. Not for an audience—although I hope someone will read—but for myself. See you soon!
We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.
Driving into the center today, I saw some sanitation workers clearing out an underpass on the highway. I’ve passed this underpass every work day for the past seven months, watching as a small group of homeless people have slowly created a community in a pile of rocks. Bags of clothes, sleeping bags, makeshift tents—all organized chaos in the midst of a busy highway, a place that people could call home, no matter how humble. In the business of the city, in the chaos of the world, they created a resting place. Read more...
I shared a month or so ago that I am now working at a Reggio-inspired child development center full-time now. I also threatened… um… I mean proposed… that I would be writing a little more about the Reggio Emilia influence on early childhood education. While many readers of my blog might be familiar with Waldorf education, another method that has greatly inspired me, curriculum modeled after the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy might be less well known. Read more...
Summer Seasons of Joy was my very first ebook! Because it was my first, it is the least flushed out. Every year I say I will revise it. Who knows? Maybe this will be the year! Meanwhile, you benefit, as this seasonal guidebook is only $10 instead of $15 like the others. You can read more about Summer Seasons of Joy here or at our blog store. Meanwhile, here’s a rhyme you and your little ones might enjoy!
And here’s a green leaf. (show other hand)
Here’s a bud. (cup hands together) Read more...
As my daughter Katie Grace just had her 13th birthday (happy, happy birthday, darling girl!)and as I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the Infant Wing at school, I’ve been thinking a lot about babies and crying and our discomfort with hearing their cries. More specifically, about the moral significance we seem to place on crying babies and the judgment we heap on their parents. Read more...
It seems I’m all about update and not about content lately. But I’m hoping that will be changing soon, as I miss writing. Obviously, this is no longer a homemaking/homeschooling/Waldorf blog, since the children are going to school, I’m working full-time at a Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood center, and I’m getting a divorce. Some things you might see include Read more...
music and early childhood
music in general
early childhood in general
comparing and contrasting various schools of thought on child development and early childhood education
Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
There have been a lot of changes around here. If I can ever find a way to explain it all, I will eventually, but for now I’ll give the short and sweet bullet-points version Read more...
- We are schooling four different ways, which is enough to make my head spin. The youngest two are spending their days with my friend who also has three little ones and are having an amazing time. The middle two are at our local elementary school a couple of blocks away and are adjusting nicely. Oldest daughter is homeschooling using Palomar K12 and oldest son is cyberschooling and will be going to CAPA, the public arts magnet school, next year. I’m so proud of all of them.