Friday, October 21, 2016

This Shining Moment: Mancub and Mantis

when I am every day all day all body and no mind, when I am
physically, wholly and completely, in this world with the birds,
the deer, the sky, the wind, the trees…

- David Budbill
(This Shining Moment in the Now)


Summer rushed by so quickly and suddenly I find myself washing off the porch and all the summer toys to put them in the basement for winter storage.

"but not the nets and observations tanks", he says.

I did not think that the erratic fluctuations in temperature would bring us anymore critter visitations.  I was wrong.




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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Unreluctant Soul: 53 rides around the sun


LIFE by Henry van Dyke (excerpt from The Three Best Things)

Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from, the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but wi
th a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.







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Monday, October 10, 2016

Apple Pickin' 2016: A Necessary Autumn

"Oh give us pleasure in the orchard..." - Robert Frost

A beautiful afternoon for our annual orchard picnic with beloved friends.







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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Crumbs of Shadow : Mushroom Identification Class


We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot's in the door. - Sylvia Plath

1. Sparassis: Cauliflower Mushroom; 2. Armillaria mellea: Honey Mushrrom; 3. Laetiporus: Chicken of the Woods; 4. Pleurotus: Oyster Mushroom

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Virginia Outdoors Festival: Kids Fishing Derby



"Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own..." - Wordsworth

We spent the day at the enchanted Banshee Reeks for the Virginia Outdoors Festival.  It was raining, but that didn't stop the mancub from entering the Kids Fishing Derby (catch & release).  He won a tackle box for having caught the largest bass and the most fish overall.

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Wherefore O' Summer's Day : Autumn in the Garden

The bee is not afraid of me,
I know the butterfly..."  - Emily Dickinson


This migrating fellow ( Monarch Edward ) stayed with us for quite a spell while we watered our veggie patch. 




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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Silent and Felt: Great Horned Owl Release

"Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings..."

- Mary Oliver



He was found in a brush pile, a nestling fallen from his home.  No owl families were located nearby to raise him.  He was rehabilitated by a rescuer and we attended his glorious release.  With a thrust of his great, silent wings he rose and flew off into the sunset.




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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Family Art Night

Family Art Night. Shih Chieh Huang #greaterrestonartcenter

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kitchen Science : Fermentation

Product of fermentation class...learning by doing.  Homemade Sauerkraut.


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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

6th Grade




School Prayer

In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life
—wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell—on Earth my home,
and in the mansions of the stars.

- Diane Ackerman

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Spontaneous Sunset Picnic : Stony Man Summit


"Drink dawn like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper..." - Rumi


It was our last sunset picnic of the summer and school begins Tuesday.  We hiked to the top of Stony Man and watched the sunset.  We found our way back down to base in the quickening darkness and at our picnic under the milky way.

"This was the most extraordinary, beautiful day", he said.








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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Road Trippin' : VA to MO



Road trip to visit family.  Scenes from the road.

Lupper at Melt, Columbus








Lunch at Frida's St. Louis       



Sunflower Taco





Homeward
Lunch at Lulu's St. Louis

Sad he missed meteor shower last night due to weather.


Lunch at Real Juice Bar Morgantown WV

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summering Vignettes

One of many sunset picnics

Paper Armor

Mother & Son tandem sewing

Web collecting

The tide of Legos

Rainy days


View from the tree house tent

street art

Soaking up Summer : School starts next week

Spider's leaf puppet

Gifts from the mancub

late bloomers




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