Friday, April 11, 2014


He said: Most people assume that the basic design of schools, as we know them today, emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn best. But, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

You know, I think he's quoting me almost word for word, here. I don't care. I'm grateful Mr. Gray has the degree to say such things with official authority.  I hope academic educators start listening soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eleven years old and home from her first beauty parlor experience. I'm not willing to take after her with kitchen scissors ever again. We've both been through that enough. She gets horribly matted and because of that, itchy. And shedding season is about to begin. So we hit the beauty parlor. She got dropped off in the morning, washed, conditioned, blowed-dry, nails, ears, and a haircut. We picked her up this afternoon, softest dog I've ever met! I think she's proud and happy. Our other dog, Jackson, freaked out a bit when he saw her. I'm not sure he has figured out who she is without her stink. The goats about lost their minds when they saw/smelled her. They do not recognize her at all.
Truth? We are not beauty parlor types, it was a bit expensive, and I don't care. Totally worth it!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

 H Driving
 My friend, Mark Hedlund, created these images in Death Valley. No filters, just nature.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Theoretical physicists are coming up with some very startling mathematical suggestions this century. Their math might be pointing to the existence of multiple universes running concurrently with ours, in which the principles we hold dear, the law of gravity, for instance, may not apply. So science seems to be teetering on the brink of suggesting science can't prove anything--ever. To quote Alan Lightman, "We are living in a universe uncalculable by science." Is that a startling idea?

I brought this up with my son and he had already heard about some of these new theories. A friend of his explained some scientists think there may be as many as 21 dimensions in parts of the multiverse. For a quick recap, we are living in a 3 dimensional universe, as far as we know.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

When you take a class it should change your life. School has dimmed this truth by becoming the structure of life for kids. Eclipsing the time, energy, and emphasis on what would otherwise be their actual lives. Life for kids today has to ooze in and around the massive bulky totality of 13 years of schooling before they are allowed to proceed with their own thoughts and life experience as a way of life. When you choose to give time and money to someone to teach you, change should happen. You should be moved, altered, and improved rather than co-opted. Consider the Ballroom Dance class of a year ago, for instance.

The kids were invited to go ballroom dancing at an elder care facility. There was some reluctance and a bit of fear going in. But the day turned out to be very very sweet and worthwhile. Of all the volunteer projects we've done, I thought this one was the most palpably helpful. It seemed to create tangible engagement and connection for everyone involved. Before we could begin there was a bit of necessary cleanup and set up. I watched this woman pitch in while humming "Keep On The Sunny Side" to herself. She was quietly awesome, plus purple.
The kids introduced themselves and demonstrated. Notice the fellow dressed in denim? He looks bit bored, don't you think? They all did...teens dancing, yadda yadda...
We didn't know he was just waiting for a chance to pop a can of Whoop Ass. His name was Ross. He made the girls laugh. Cracking jokes, he was out for a spin, for sure. They all wanted to dance.
 All the teens danced with almost all the residents. Lots of grace and social practice. Lots of fun.
 This pretty much sums the day .
Life changed and thank you, great teachers, for helping us grow.

Friday, April 4, 2014

It turns out, Ry has a very natural artistic eye for photography and an excellent sense of composition: