Sink or Swim

I love to watch my children swim. Seeing them glide through the water and perform various strokes fills me with a sense of pride. I’m so glad I had them take swim lessons, because now they have an activity they can enjoy throughout their lives. Our swim team days are behind us now, but I […]


Crīstesmæsse Musing: What’s the Rush?

Back in August I began shaping lessons for my Thursday-in-the-Guild arts workshops. This year I would lead my apprentices on a yearlong journey, an exploration of medieval aesthetics. We would begin by dispelling the “dark ages” myth making every effort to put ourselves in the shoes of the people who, despite the ruggedness of the […]

Meaningful Holiday Education

Let’s face it, each year the time between Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Day gets more and more crammed with stuff. Obligations, peer pressure purchases, bank account stresses, parties, relatives in town, long lines, traffic jams, perhaps guilt about broken relationships or loneliness missing loved ones… I’m pretty sure that giving our children an […]

Postcards to my Children

Once a month I write a letter to each of my children (at least those who read… I’ll add the others as they gain that skill) on a postcard and leave it on their bed. The postcard is usually of something interesting, so I remark on the image and then add other comments, things I […]

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