Saturday, May 3, 2014

It's a muddy, complicated, daily world.
Allow yourself to walk in darkness
with grace.

Think deeply and creatively.
Continue to love.

Feel comfortable in your humanity.
Treasure that you have feelings.
Pain and joy can coexist.

Mayfaire

 Sweet girl with her crown... I just love Mayfaire so much. The weather was perfect - not too hot, not too cold. Lovely entertainment with songs and poetry as well as the play The Adventures of Robin Hood.

 Sweetest lil' crown with some special sage that's 5 years old now...

 Perfect weaving! I love all the beautiful ribbon colors!

More Mayfaire~ing tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rose Window

This beautiful stained glass rose window was made by my 6th grade students and now adorns a window in my home.

Grief

Grief is where the memories are
Where loneliness dwells.

Grief is in all the places 
we visited together.
The burlesque statue at the museum
The coffee shop
New York City.

Grief is in the theater
where we watched The Great Gatsby.
Grief is thus in all things 
Great Gatsby
and in all things theater. 

Grief is in all things
one enjoys in company.
A bottle of wine.
Parties.
Holidays.
- Good grief!
The holidays!

Grief is in airports.
No more smiles
beyond the sliding doors.

Grief is in feeling
failure as a parent.
If only this damn grief would go away...

Grief is in wives' complaining about
their husbands not taking 
the trash out. 

And grief is in stupid comments.
Of course you know exactly how it is
to be in my shoes
because your husband
is on a two-day business trip
and you miss him
terribly.

Grief is everywhere. 
Everywhere. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

 
 The first chocolate egg melting in her mouth...


 
 Sweet little gift from the Easter Bunny.

 Fiddle ferns on our nature table...

 Skeptical... and...

 ... happy in her favorite lil' playspace. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nathan's Letter

Dear Mayor Dwight Jones,

         My name is Nathan T. and I'm attending the 8th grade at the Richmond Waldorf School. I'm writing to you today because I want to urge you to allocate the funds the Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools has requested to increase the slots available at Appomattox Regional Governor's School.

         Even though I have been raised by a single mother for as long as I can remember, I have had the fortune to attend a private school where my talent and interest in the arts have been nurtured. Looking at high schools, it seemed natural for me to apply at Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts (ARGS) as they have an excellent Visual Arts program. I'm attaching some of my artwork so you can get an idea of my drawings. My portfolio review went very well. My interview scores were solid. I have a 4.0 GPA. I've received ribbons at the Virginia State Fair for my art. Last year I took up flying and I'm currently working on my private pilot's license. I also enjoy playing the cello and have volunteered in my community in various ways.

         I demonstrated a solid performance in all areas, but the process is so competitive that I was put on the waiting list. I'm currently, according to the RPS Gifted Coordinator, Mr. Washington, on the number one waiting slot. Attending ARGS is a dream for me. I have worked hard on my portfolio and my skills over the past few years. I draw every day. When I got the letter that I was waiting-listed, I was devastated. Many others are on the waiting list, too, and I imagine that they have similar feelings; that their art is excellent, too; this is their dream. 

         The funds the Superintendent is asking for from you include fifteen additional slots at the Appomattox Regional Governor's School. Liquidating those funds would give kids like me a chance to have a dream come true. I cannot speak for others, but I would be so grateful for this opportunity! Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. 

Sincerely,

Nathan T.







Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer's Bounty

 We took a trip to the Virginia countryside on Saturday and picked a lot of blueberries. 
{And also ate a lot of them in the process.}

 The jam section in the {non-existent} pantry is growing. I'm very fond of Pomona's. I made a batch with honey yesterday and it just tastes divine. I did use low sugar for most of the jams, though.

Inspired by this NPR article that popped up on my Facebook feed the other day, I'm attempting to make some hand pies this morning while Nuriel was happy making two mini pies of her own.

Here's to summer! How are you preserving the taste of the summer months?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dolls!

For Christmas my dear colleague, Cathryn, made a beautiful doll for Nuriel. Nuriel fell in love the moment she saw the doll. Cathryn has been making dolls for many years. She teaches doll-making workshops and she's currently making dolls with the 7th graders at school. {I can't wait to see Nathan's creation!} Isn't the doll sweet? You can like Cathryn's Creations on Facebook and see her current offerings in her Etsy shop

Happy Spring!


 An outing to see a sweet puppet play, "The Winning of Kwelanga."

 Nathan continues to amaze me with his artistic abilities. This is his pencil sketch of Leonardo da Vinci, which he drew for a 7th grade block.

 The amazing Mama who takes care of Nuriel while I work just had a baby, so there's been lots of babywearing-imitation happening at our house. 

 I had a fabulous 38th birthday. I've been dreaming about Venice, so Nathan drew this picture inside the birthday card he made for me. Noah got me banana pudding (yummy!) and Nuriel kept insisting that it was HER birthday. :-)

Nuriel planted some Easter grass on Palm Sunday morning...

 ... that evening we got some unexpected snow, which resulted in a fabulous snow day that Monday.

 By Wednesday the grass was already this tall!

 Using some pea shoot sprouts and coffee & vinegar, I dyed some of these eggs with my students.

 A visit to a local Alpaca fiber festival with these sweet little one, just a week old.

 A fabulous creation by my friend Mindi - in exchange for a set of rainbow bunnies for her daughter. I love this dress!

 No chocolate bunnies were devoured in our house this year, but the Easter bunny did bring a chocolate carrot with the bunnies I had sewn from felt for Nuriel. {She loves her chocolate.}

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sometimes...

... good things happen. And sometimes you are trying to find the right words and someone else finds better words for you! Check out Sometimes... over at P.S. I love you.