Monthly Archives: May 2014

I do not seek. I find. – Pablo Picasso



and so we went to find art.


and after we ran so far,

and climbed so many stairs,

we could see the sky.

and there we found

a beautiful stone lion waiting for us.

we must have climbed to the top of the world.


and we were in the clouds.


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  ~Twyla Tharp

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates



it was camping day.

we went outside

and hiked

and looked at lots of stuff

and touched it

and found all sorts of things.


we tried to catch a frog to see him up close.

and if we did we promised we would put him back in his home after.


and we got in the mud.

even those of us who usually don’t like to get dirty.

and we learned so much stuff.

Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.  – David Polis



Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art.  ~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds




we learned about artist frida kahlo and how she created images of herself,

with things that had meaning to her placed all around.

here, h shares her collage with our class,

and it shows us

that she loves flowers, animals, sweets, and celebrations of all kinds. 

no words are needed to tell her story.







“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” ― Mark Twain



i before e, except after c?

silent e at the end of a word with a long vowel in the center?

at times, who in the abc really knows?


in the recent comedy, ‘bad words,’

jason bateman plays an adult who participates in a kids’ spelling bee

and is required to spell the word,


(the action or habit of estimating something as worthless) 


“The story’s what matters; spelling’s overrated.” ― Adam Langer, The Salinger Contract

image credits: focus features, growing jeweled


Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea. – Craig Bruce


it seemed like such a good idea at the time.

brilliant, in fact.

we were teenagers, with time to kill, and we had a half day of school.


i invited my friends over for an afternoon of watching our favorite soap opera, all my children.

all sorts of crazy fun was going on with luke and laura and the people of pine valley

and we were going to watch it in style.

my friends were happy to come along for the ride.


this is how i imagined us watching the show that afternoon….


reality was a bit different however.


we took a fan outside,


wheeled the old tv out on a cart,


plugged everything in with a giant extension cord,


got the lounge chairs and drinks in place on the patio,


put on the sunglass and the sunscreen,


whipped up a huge buffet of all of the mini frozen pizzas in the house,


and then.

my mom came home.

and shut down the whole operation.

something about feeding the whole neighborhood

and moving the entire living room to the patio.

and trashing the kitchen.

and as we cleaned up and put everything back,

we made plans to do it the next week at my friend’s house.

it was kind of like a teenage version of ‘cat in the hat’.

except my mom came home in the middle of it.

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.
 Dennis Wholey




The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. – Isak Dinesen



This photo series by Rose-Lynn Fisher captures tears of grief, joy, laughter and irritation under the microscope.

Tears aren’t just water.

They’re primarily made up of water, salts, antibodies and lysozymes,

but the composition depends on the type of tear.

There are three main types –

basal tears, reflex tears, and weeping tears.

As you can see,

they can look incredibly different when evaporated and placed under a microscope.

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Albert Camus

More info:
Images by Rose-Lynn Fisher, via the Smithsonian Magazine and ScienceAlert.