Category Archives: imagination

dinos in snow.

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today we took the dinos

out of their safety zone and into the snow

they went

in the playhouse

down the slide

in the hollow log

in the sandbox

climbed up

jumped down

made footprints and snow angels

roamed on dinosaur island

played tag

went to a party

 loved the snow

they all had a such a good time and were worn out.

“my son’s always showing me pictures of dinosaurs and asking me what their names are.

i don’t know, so i make stuff up:

that, son is a thesaurus.”

-craig ferguson

common ground.

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my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos

they play with them every day

create wildly imaginative scenarios

ask questions about real dinos

reassure me that the ones in our room are not real

one day when playing, a child asked

“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”

another jumped up to say

“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”

and an instant class book was born

what a brilliant title

others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one

brainstorming was in full swing

some became illustrators

 it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.

dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.

“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”

-kate forsyth

sudden.

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a quick exit.

why so sudden?

had goldilocks been there and heard the bears coming home?

 

“the first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it’s chocolate pudding, right?”

-Mo Willems (author)

dragonheart.

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what did i find at the farmer’s market?

lots and lots of berries, zucchini, tomatoes, farmers, pies, flowers, herbs, honey, bread, 

and one tiny dragon.

 

“one does not need the size of a dragon to have the soul of a dragon. “

– robin hobb

 

 

sheepish.

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 art from discarded loose parts – recycled phones and cords

 

“it’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

-jean-luc godard

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image credit: *telephone sheep by jean luc cornec, artists without borders

*ArtistJean Luc has put old landline telephones to good use with his sculptures titled “Telephone Sheep”. The series explores how fast technology is moving and how we can put old things to good use. The sculptures use the hand dialing base as the head, the cords as their wool and the earpiece as their feet. The “Telephone Sheep” exhibit was displayed at the Museum of Telecommunication in Frankfurt.

highest kite.

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on the shores of lake michigan

at dusk

 sunset coming

 j keeps trying

imagining his kite

flying high in the wind

and then –

it does. 

 

“imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”

lauren bacall

 

 

 

holland state park, lake michigan, july 2020