Beach Glass

“Sea Glass” is the general term for pieces of weathered and eroded glass formed from glass used on ships, bottles, and tableware that has found its way into bodies of water. As these items reach the shoreline, wave action pounds them into other rocks, breaks them into smaller pieces, and wears away the brittle, sharpContinue reading “Beach Glass”

From the heart of children

We collected three rocks from the garden, fished out our daughter’s tub of acrylic paints and brushes from her closet, and sat ourselves at the table on the back porch. Friday August 28, 2020: 23 degrees, a sprinkle of milky clouds in the sky, and a light breeze from the south-west fanning away some ofContinue reading “From the heart of children”

Beyond the recipe

When I was a child, I didn’t really have much association with the kitchen. This space in our house, often graced by a beaten up copy of Nicholas Tselementes’ Greek Cookery that I still have to remember my mother by, was almost entirely her domain. I may have wandered in and out, and grabbed aContinue reading “Beyond the recipe”

Beyond the screen

As the weather turned and the snow melted, I watched the children get out on their bikes and play.  It brought back memories of my childhood.  We climbed trees, rode bikes and skateboards, and played make believe games outside.  We were active, minds and bodies engaged with each other and the world around us.  WeContinue reading “Beyond the screen”

Reading to John

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist I first started reading fiction some time in elementary school. I still have vague memories of heading to the small library and runningContinue reading “Reading to John”

A teachable moment

The concept of a teachable moment is common in education. However, what it actually entails, and the conditions for it are not very well understood. Typically, teachable moments are thought of those spontaneous opportunities where we educators, be it parents or teachers, may help a learner enhance their understanding of a concept, theory, perspective, orContinue reading “A teachable moment”

Snow – the present moment

Last night, as we all lay sleeping, it snowed. The first real snowfall of this season, enough snow to close all the local schools. I let the children sleep in and woke them gently with the news that there was no school today and that a winter playground had arrived. Outside it was still snowing.Continue reading “Snow – the present moment”

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