Saturday, December 13, 2014

Come Dance!

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,
Not the God who ever does
Anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
"Come Dance with Me."
Come Dance.  - Hafiz

The little girl down the street is dancing in The Nutcracker Suite this weekend.  Last year I made her a giant paper flower nearly as tall as she.  This year I decided to make her something tiny.   

* Instructions at bottom of post






Materials:
  • Altoid Tin
  • Paint
  • Ballerina cake topper
  • Paperclip 
  • Fabric
  • Super Strong Magnet
  • Glue stick
  • Hot Glue

    1.  Paint the Altoid Tin.  I used gold spray paint, dusted it with white using old lace as a stencil, then distressed it using alcohol inks.

    2.  Create a backdrop and floor for your stage.  You can search google for images, then print them to size.

    3.  Using your tin as a template trace around the outside with pencil, then cut your images.  You may have to trim.

    4.  Use a glue stick to adhere images to the tin.

    5.  Cut a piece of fabric into a curtain shape and use glue stick to adhere. 

    6.  Coil paperclip then hot glue to bottom of dancer.

    *Use super strong magnet to maker her dance!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Need for Speed




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PT Art: da Vinci























I taught da Vinci in his class.  We drew our own inventions with colored pencils and then I taught them how to make paper helicopters that really fly.  It was a hit.  And...after I left they got them taken away because they couldn't keep them in their desks. 

So it goes.  It was fun while it lasted.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Billy Goat Trail

 It was a beautiful day so we decided to try hiking Billy Goat Trail.  It's not really hiking...it's more like rock scrambling / climbing.    The views were breathtaking.  We can't wait to go back and do it all over again. 








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Friday, November 07, 2014

4th Grade Field Trip



Early in the morning I packed the yummy treats that I made and woke my excited boy.  We drove to the school while the moon was still in the sky.  We met his boisterous classmates in the school cafeteria to wait for the chartered bus to Jamestown and Williamsburg. 

After we boarded, a girl behind us shouted, "This bus is sooo cool...you can even poop on it!" 

It was a whirlwind trip!























These two pals resting their tired feet on a wooden bench in Williamsburg.  The light was spectacular.




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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Samhain 2014

May the nourishment of the earth be yours.
May the clarity of light be yours.
May the fluency of the ocean be yours.
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work
These words around you
As an invisible cloak to guard your life. - John O'Donohue























This year our boy transformed into a Boxtroll

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tooth Fairy Fly By



He pulled it without any drama.  Like it was nothing
First time ever.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple Pickin' 2014: Harvesting


"Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard..." - Robert Frost

 


We awoke to the savory scent of Mushroom Barley Stew simmered slowly in the crock over night.  Carefully ladled into mason jars and placed into the picnic basket with a crusty baguette for our annual autumnal jaunt.  The air was cold but the stew was still hot after picking apples and savored on a quilt in the grassy sprawl between rows of trees in the orchard. 







I know what I bring to the table.
I bring moments to be remembered.
I bring delicious foods to be savored.
I bring warmth.

What do you bring?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sense of Wonder: Stream Monitoring


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”  - Rachel Carson






















During the summer whilst playing in the stream with my son, we met a lovely woman walking her dog.  Turns out that she is in charge of stream monitoring for the town.  She asked if Satch would like to help out at the next one.  He was thrilled.

We received a call in the Fall and joyfully said YES!  It was a wonder-FULL experience.

Recording the stream temperature...


















Capturing critters to assess the health of the stream






















Identifying the critters









Recording and counting...a healthy stream!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Purple


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Seawater Begs the Pearl: Aunt Bea



There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use  the door,
only the window.

- Rumi























Photo: Beatrice & Philip Huntley with my mom.

It was a journey that entailed a 10 am Metro from VA to DC - and - Amtrak from DC to CT.  Then a roadtrip with my dear cousin Adelia that rolled us to her enchanted cottage in Searsport at 2:30 am.
When we awoke, we began our day Jan's homemade jam, then we drove another 2 1/2 hours to Jonesport and made it in time for the 11:00 celebration of my great aunt's life.

When I arrived in Maine and walked into the cottage, the scent of wood smoke immediately transported me to childhood summers with my Aunt Bea and Uncle Phil.  I remembered digging clams with my feet and running up the rocky cliff just as the tide came in to swallow up the beach.  If lucky, I would return with a pocket of sea glass for my efforts. 

Ours were large family gatherings around the table where the air was filled with laughter, and the bowls were filled with fresh chowder.  In the morning there were breakfasts of biscuits and homemade jam while beneath the window my aunt's poppies danced in the sea breeze. 

It was there that I met my first fox.  It was injured and my uncle was nursing it back to health.  There were jackrabbits too, big ones and barn swallows building mud nests under the eaves.  Sometimes I would find egg shells in the grass beneath and marvel.  We caught and released tadpoles from the pond beside their home.  We took walks in the woods to find the peat bogs where the mysterious pitcher plants grew in musky clumps.  Occasionally we would find a snake and bring it in the house to scare the ladies.  

They were good times, and I cherish those moments.

Beatrice Elaine Gray Huntley Urquhart 1930-2014

So many memories.
So much love.














































































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