Making thumbprints

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lots of preparations all coming together. Robert and Gabrielle took over my kitchen and spent the day making 260+ thumbprint cookies.

Printing bags

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Got the family together to print some muslin bags to hold all the seed bombs we made the other week.

Saying goodbye to Ed

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ed Deal was a remarkable man. I didn’t realize how remarkable until I read about his life.

I knew him as the father of friends I regard highly, and gatekeeper to the backyard. He was economical with words but dense with wit, and I always felt very fortunate when he doled out a few on my behalf.

His funeral was filled with stories from folks that had known him throughout his life and career, verifying his intelligence, humor and caring nature.

Then there was pizza and chocolate covered bacon.

Graduating

Friday, May 17, 2019

My friend’s son is moving from Montessori to high school. It’s a big leap and the year end ceremony has lots of emotion. Not just for the graduating 8th graders, but for the younger students moving from one plane of learning to the next. Everything is described along the way so it makes sense even to those that don’t totally understand Montessori education (raising hand here).

This is only my second gradation ceremony here, but every time I drift off and wonder how my life would be different had I been taught using these concepts. Then I wonder, why can’t I just learn them now?

Others have asked this same question:

…the goal of adult education is different from that of child education. The child is constructing the adult; the adult is adding to an already-existing completed personality. The difference between these goals should not be underestimated.

My favorite part of this night? All the students moving up get an introduction by one of their teachers and it’s always very touching. We get a glimpse of each child’s personality, strengths and contributions to the classroom community. I can imagine it is a Herculean task to write each of these, but it never fails to delight. Emotion in the voice of the teacher as they read aloud, while the student stands in the spotlight, squirming attentively.

Bonus shot? Me with the family.

Editing

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A week ago I sat at the computer for a bit longer than anticipated to create a program for the celebration of mom’s life.

How to whittle 70+ years worth of photos into something that honors the spirit?

It’s now a week later and (fingers crossed), the printed piece should arrive today.

I have a lot to say about this process, a lot a lot, but that must wait until after.

There’s so much to do.

Here’s a single spread.

Roland

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When you’re passing through a secured entrance of a bank and see a friend from elementary school in the opposite direction through the glass partition? Immediately convene outside and dive deep into the stuff of life.

It was good to see my friend Roland. He let me take a selfie as I said this was likely one of the best things that would happen to me today.

And it was.

Life should include more crossing of paths and dives into the deep stuff.

Mountain of shirts

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A sampling of English horn

Monday, May 13, 2019

Joseph is back in town, but it is far from a summer break. He’s got a full docket of things on tap.

First things first? Acquire a new English horn. He has a few fine specimens to try, and played a bit from each while I put together dinner. I can’t wrap my head around all the variables of an instrument, but it is striking in red.

Edie was curious for a bit but ultimately did not offer any clear opinion other than she preferred listening from a bit farther away than is photographed.