Tuesday, May 29, 2012

cheesy goodness

i can't let may go without a tribute to fromage. and not just any fromage, but cheese from france. (goats and sheep and cows, oh my!) for st. honore's day, said bakery had the following samples: camembert le pommier (normandie), munster gerome (alsace), caprifeuille (loire valley), delice de bourgogne (bourgogne), agour brique (basque), and fourme d'ambert (auvergne). and all on ONE PLATE. i know, it's almost too good to be true. as i wipe the drool from my chin, who is st. honore, you may ask? he, honoratus (d. 600 AD), is none other than the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs. where else could such aged culture (i.e. mold) become such a spiritual experience? pass the crackers and fig sauce, please...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Do. More. Art.

i GET to put on a school-wide art show each year. at a time when most districts
are having to cut the arts, i get to show the work of 360 very talented artists. this year we studied cultural art and asked the question, "how can this country/project show the story of God?" from aboriginal dot painting to chinese paper cutting, it was a world of fun...one of my favorite things was getting together with my Do. Art. Gals to weave this wall hanging out of two outdated classroom maps!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

grapes of place

i watched television not once, but twice this week; shocking, i know, considering the last time was--yes, we know lanette, the news for snow updates in january--but it's true! and what amounted to about 2 hours of shows, after dusting off said appliance, really taught me alot! consider the following video link from opb about farming (specifically wine-making) here in my very own backyard! (http://watch.opb.org/video/2232302077/)

a little mystery

in addition to reading "the mysterious benedict society", i'm enjoying the new sherlock holmes series. a little mystery is good for the brain; it's fun to try to solve things before the detectives do! in the show, holmes and watson are all tech; using text, skype and any means possible to rid london of evil and keep one step ahead of their arch rival the equally mysterious irene adler.

Monday, May 7, 2012

play all day

now that i've gotten your attention, i just have to share the hippest in activity books. if you haven't already, check out what taro gomi has created in his line of funnery (yes i just made that up) for ages 3-103! it's teacher appreciation week and goodness knows i neither want nor need a ceramic apple pin or another coffee mug (although i will take the coffee, hint, hint). yes, it's the thought that counts, however...what showed up today was delightful! a copy of "play all day" which i promptly explored. so, if you can't find me, look no further than a grassy knoll in the sun where i'll be happily making finger puppets.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

boat club, anyone?

as days lengthen and thoughts turn from book club to boat club, i nonetheless want to continue reading. i'm admittedly at the point in the school year where my mental capacity is akin to flipping mindlessly through the pages of beautiful magazines or looking at the pictures in children's books. a few fun reads going on: "the mysterious benedict society" by trenton lee stewart, "bringing up bebe" by pamela druckerman and "building BIG
" by david macaulay.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

on reading

"...that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of silence." marcel proust