Under His Wings {Mixed Media Art}

From the studio today - Under His Wings - mixed media on 8x10 canvas - acrylic paints, mulberry paper, tissue paper, an old nature book, an old hymnal, and whale magic.

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Bye Bye Birdy

Had a friendly little visit with a sweet young cedar waxwing this morning. Carter found it sitting on the gatepost while heading into the house. Despite getting close enough to touch it, the little bird stayed put. Carter followed suit, and stayed put, too. It was probably the most he'd stayed put in one place … Continue reading Bye Bye Birdy

Must Be Nice

After a polite greeting, the young woman at the garage sale pointed out my three boys with delight. “I've got an entire rack of name brand boy's clothes!” she cheered. My boys pretended not to hear her. I wanted to do the same. “The sweatshirts are only $20! That's less than half the price I … Continue reading Must Be Nice

The Roadside Apple Tree

The roadside apple tree stands out of place in a flat foreverness of roads that stretch between farm fields like a horizontal root system. She's small and overgrown. The shape of an apple tree, but not quite. Her fruit is familiar and different. It looks and tastes like apples, but not quite. She cultivates the … Continue reading The Roadside Apple Tree

Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

I had no idea I'd be visiting Kyoto during my time in Shiga Prefecture, Japan last year until my Takashima City host mother gave me an itinerary sheet the day before our group was set to travel there. Our tight schedule in Kyoto that day meant visiting the most obligatory must-see places: Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari, … Continue reading Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

Safety is a Human Right

SAFETY IS A HUMAN RIGHT. It's okay if you or your child(ren) are considering home educating due of the continual rise in school violence. If you consider or decide to home educate in light of school violence, people may say that you've let fear win. Or that you're being unreasonable. But is that true? Security … Continue reading Safety is a Human Right

The Need for Rural Revolutionaries

""We raise our most capable rural children from the beginning to expect that as soon as possible they will leave and that if they are successful they will never return. We impose upon them, an affect, a kind of homelessness.""   If they were good they wouldn't be in the country, they'd be somewhere else. … Continue reading The Need for Rural Revolutionaries

The Art of Oversharing

What's on your mind? It says in gray. The same old question every day. What's on my mind? It's quite a bit. But most folks just don't give a shit. Whats on your mind? It's how we share. Does every “like” mean someone cares? What's on my mind? It says, “Don't say.” I'm sure I'll … Continue reading The Art of Oversharing