awaiting tomorrow’s gathering.
“this is the power of gathering
it inspires us – delightfully
to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful
in a word, more alive.”
art credit: Debbie and Mike Schramer, using treasures they gathered from the forest.
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.”
a beautiful day spent in chicago.
“inspiration comes from everywhere:
books, art, people on the street.
it is an interior process for me.”
the theory of loose parts and the right to be creative.
(kinders live this every day)
“in any environment,
both the degree of inventiveness and creativity,
possibility of discovery,
are directly proportional
to the number
and kind of
variables in it.”
-theory credit: Simon Nicholson – The Theory of Loose Parts, 1971
glad i could share
this special experience
with my daughters
and michelle obama
as she told stories
and answered questions
inspiring so many
with her powerful words.
“our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”