Month: January 2015

  • 32. listen carefully.

    32. Listen carefully. Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the […]

  • on preparedness. part two.

    After sorting out clothes and “essentials,” I tackled our homeschooling preparation and planning. This isn’t necessarily a vacation from our life. I want to transplant our home life to Costa Rica for the month. I like what we do at home.  I just don’t want to wear wool socks or argue with a child about putting […]

  • on preparedness. part one.

    I like being prepared.  I am not so much obsessed with it as I was when the kids were little, making sure there was always a change of clothes, a bucketload of snacks, and a water bottle in my bag every time we left the house. But generally I don’t like being caught off guard. There […]

  • 33. take field trips.

    33. Take field trips. The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic– simulated environment. – Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth Today marks the return of my Bruce Mau inspirational, exploratory, get-off-your-ass-and-just-go-for-it, prompts. (For previous […]

  • my word for 2015:

    Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand… the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world. – Alan Lightman *** I am often asked this question by my kids: How do you know? This is often in reference to spring coming back, the dawn coming […]