Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twelve years ago I felt myself to be almost completely alone on a tropical prairie savannah, (which happens to be a very rare kind of place, geologically speaking) in terms of social company or community or extended family. I decided to seek Quakers in that place, thinking that finding Quakers would dramatically expand our options for company, community, and family. Which was a solid plan.

The amazing thing was finding two Quakers there---exactly two. Unfortunately, their inner light and love were almost horrifying to me. I was so frightened of them, I ran away.

Midwives say fear blocks love. I witness the truth and wisdom of this over and over again. And if this basic truth doesn't penetrate the dilemma, the duality between intellect and spirit, the heart of faith, I don't know what else would.

It recently occurred to me, while milking cows, the problem intellectuals have with faith is their fear of simplicity, reduction to the point of stupidity. What's missed entirely is the expansion of spirit within the framework of simplicity.

Which is an excellent place to locate a curriculum for growing children. Incite their spirits and their intellects can't help but follow.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I think my girl has a natural eye for photography. I try not to bring her work over here too often. But I love her images! Just had to share a couple:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Moulage class was yesterday and the kids were fully engaged. Our teacher, Eric Singdahlsen, covered a huge amount of information in two hours. Riffing off moulage you could easily delve into medicine and biology, artistic vision and technique, acting, chemistry, politics, the DEA, military training, realism, and basic makeup applications. It was fascinating and funny and everyone seemed to have a great time. The kids learned how to simulate shock, bruising with black eyes, coughing up blood, lacerations, and burns with blistering. Among the various tools shown were containers of fat chunks, coagulated blood, minty flavored blood, blood in different viscosities, and something called derma-crisp. Thank you, Eric, for being such a funny and skilled teacher and for giving us the afternoon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After. A bit tired of lip stretching but Looking Great!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A few quick snaps of my workday from before dawn until I leave, late morning.

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