~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ the morphometrics of distance learning

After his first zoom lecture he told me about geometric morphometrics, which he explained very eloquently and I recorded on my audio recorder. I know he found that area of study quite intriguing – math plus fossils. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ the morphometrics of distance learning

~black and white wednesday~ abide

“My way of finding a place in the world is to write one.” ~Barbara Kingsolver . . . → Read More: ~black and white wednesday~ abide

sitting with the uncomfortable truth of systemic racism

My place in the conversation is primarily one of listening. Noticing when I feel defensive, taking that as a signal of where my garden has some weeds I need to pull. . . . → Read More: sitting with the uncomfortable truth of systemic racism

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ parsimony

“Time for a lesson on the Cretaceous Paleogene extinction real quick.” . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ parsimony

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ existence

It’s a beautiful thing to see him sitting with his eyes closed just breathing. What do I want for him in life? That. Being ok in there. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ existence

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ not so little drummer boy

My brother’s laugh is one of my very favorite laughs in the world, and one of my very favorite things about him, and it would not be a disappointment if Quinn inherited this trait. Even if it is for a temporary period, I’m thoroughly enjoying the way his laughs ring in the air, jingling like the bells at the upper reach of his mallets, perhaps because they contrast so with his new low speaking register in the timpani section. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ not so little drummer boy

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ null gravity

Exploring the dimensions of identity, geometry, and null gravity combat. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ null gravity

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ enigma

I worked on the Haunted House that day, and I’m still not sure why slicing into a salt dough brain, spray painting creepy skulls onto plastic tablecloths, and developing a menu for a haunted cafeteria was so satisfying, but I strangely enjoyed myself. When I got home, we had dinner on the earlier side and Quinn asked me to play his new game he was creating. It was a build-your-own Jurassic park game, and I managed to accumulate 8 triceratopses in a forest enclosure on a piece of graph paper that evening. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ enigma

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ holy coprolites, he’s in seventh grade!

~8-23 to 9-23~

Our end of summer family trip to New York!

The cousins absconded with Quinn and were barely heard from. It was neat how at their current ages (9, 11, 12) they do a lot more talking as they play, so there is less action and a lot of . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ holy coprolites, he’s in seventh grade!

~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ resilience and reciprocity

In quinn’s theatre camp performance this year, he was a battle-weary nutcracker toy who came to life with his gang of other animated toys (a ballerina on whom he had a crush, a teddy bear who liked to give him hugs when he would have war flashbacks, and a jack in the box) who all together came to life to try and save the toy shop from the evils of online shopping. . . . → Read More: ~a month in the life of a lifelong learner~ resilience and reciprocity