Are You Like a Newton’s Cradle?

Tell me if you are like a Newton’s Cradle. Before you decide on any preconceived notions you may have, take a look at this “Amazing Demonstration of a Giant Newton’s Cradle”. The Newton’s Cradle illustrates kinetic energy transferred from one object to another. It also shows an equal and opposite reaction. Additionally, this device demonstratesContinue reading “Are You Like a Newton’s Cradle?”

HEALING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: 639 HERTZ

All relationships must stem from our relationship with self. The comfort level of being in our own skin and love of self form the basis of what must be present to have healthy connections with others. The year of 2020 has provided ample testing for all our relationships. With the pandemic, new situations may haveContinue reading “HEALING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: 639 HERTZ”

IN MY PERFECT WORLD

Each and every one of us have ideals for that which makes our world perfect. One of mine was that all children should outlive their parents. I was wrong. When our son was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it felt earth shattering. It was one of the most devastating possibilities I could have imagined. Prior toContinue reading “IN MY PERFECT WORLD”

IS OUR 2020 WORLD A CRAZY QUILT?

The year 2020 has caused many to question where we are headed. We are in the midst of huge world challenges with what appears to be a hodgepodge of issues. Let’s take a look at what is called a crazy quilt. This particular style of quilt was first made during the Victorian era in theContinue reading “IS OUR 2020 WORLD A CRAZY QUILT?”

MASKED EMOTIONS: Where Do They Go? What Can We Do?

The topic of masked emotions is currently very timely. Not only are many of us masking our faces for viral protection, but may also be hiding our emotions. Sometimes we are concerned with upsetting others by truly expressing our feelings. Perhaps we are frightened or angry regarding many world issues involving the pandemic, be itContinue reading “MASKED EMOTIONS: Where Do They Go? What Can We Do?”

THINK LIKE WATER

It was sometime in the middle of my art teaching career, there were four sixth grade girls of note. They loved art so much that they had nicknames for one another. The first three names made sense to me: Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. We’d been studying those particular artists. The fourth name, however,Continue reading “THINK LIKE WATER”

LESSONS OF THE LILACS

In our area, a lilac bush typically blooms around the first of May. Their blossoms are a welcome, heady fragrance which herald the transition from spring to summer. The arrival of lilacs invites deep inhalations to revel in the once-a-year sweetness. This time of year, the air is thick with the echoes of bird songContinue reading “LESSONS OF THE LILACS”

EMPOWERED LIVING: How Visual Arts Skills Apply to Daily Life

During the last few weeks of my thirty year elementary art teaching career, I decided to take an impromptu survey of some of my classes. While students were deeply engaged in their projects, I quietly approached each one individually to ask a question. It was, “If you named the most important thing I’ve ever taughtContinue reading “EMPOWERED LIVING: How Visual Arts Skills Apply to Daily Life”

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