Category Archives: children

hard wood.

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the class discovered this tree with magical writing all over it
and even though he’s only mastered the alphabet this year
‘a’ chose to read it out loud to everyone
in his own magical language
a master translator at work.
“he was made of hard wood.”
-hungarian proverb
Arborglyphs, dendroglyphs, silvaglyphs or modified cultural trees
is the carving of shapes and symbols into the bark of living trees.

bakers.

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when you can’t get your dough to flatten 

your hands are tired

you have to improvise

 use all resources at hand

as one of our young bakers recently illustrated

by using a unique and innovative method

i had been previously unaware of. 

 

the bread you bake by your own sweat tastes better than the dishes of sultans.

-Armenian mothers

mothers.

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much love to my three daughters, each one now a mother too, on mothers day.

even if i only rarely called you by your right name on the first try.

“mothers are not the nameless,

faceless stereotypes

who appear once a year on a greeting card with their virtues set to prose,

but women who have been dealt a hand for life

and play each card one at a time the best way they know how.

no mother is all good or all bad,

all laughing or all serious,

all loving or all angry,

ambivalence rushes through their veins.”

-erma bombeck

 

mud-soaked.

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finding the mud was such a delight

starting out slow

checking how deep it was with a stick

walking, then running, then jumping, then splashing

only one ‘quicksand’ victim who we unstuck

boots dumped out after

filled with water dirt wood chips, rocks, sticks and unknown mushy things

ending with

a pair of mud-soaked socks

drying in the sun

and so much tired fun.

” mud is the most poetical thing in the world.”

-reginald horace blyth

 

into the universe.

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heading out on a rainy day

to explore, discover things, and learn

in the much larger classroom of the universe. 

 

“the universe is a great university.”

-sai baba

on earth day, and every day.

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kinder in their natural habitat capturing the ever-elusive giant stick

 

“live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,

taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.”

-henry david thoreau

dangerous games.

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oh, how i would have loved to see this exhibit

i played with each and every one of these games

and lived to tell. 

 

“parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly.

kids don’t.

we do.”

-maurice sendak

magic spell.

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 “expecto petronum”

“dear miss kennedy, i know this spell. if you do that magic it just keeps you safe from stuff if you are in danger.”

– from my student, l.

one of kindest and most wonderful gifts i’ve ever received 

“kindness is a magical spell –

performed by enlightened beings –

meant to enchant hearts and lift weary souls that they might fly.”

-richelle e. goodrich