the day before valentines day
Oh, hi. Were we just talking about weird things? About opening the closet door on all our quirks and letting them roll out like so many golf balls? Well, okay now! Here’s Dan teaching Col’s homeschool co-op on Ancient Civilizations, introducing the idea of the ancient civilization of Animals.
The kids all made animal mandalas, specifically of 3 animals they feel a kinship with or would like to get to know better. Here’s Col’s:
(black bear, crow, swordfish – he’s going to have to do some traveling to get to know the swordfish)
If you have a special place for crows in your heart, or even a slightly ambivalent but curious place, this book is fab. (Thanks, Nana Judy, best book-picker-outer ever)
(mountain lion, elk, flicker)
What would your 3 animals be? I think mine are raven, earthworm and pika, today anyway.
How’s everyone feeling about Valentines Day?
I personally am famous for botching these commercial holidays with my own angsty over-analyzation of food coloring and crappy sugar and paper waste and obligatory spending. Which is where you could say something gentle and loving to me like, “hey, look how excited Rosie is to deliver her handmade cards tomorrow!” And truly, it was so sweet watching Col and Rose make, by hand, 21 Valentines Day cards for their classmates, like good little American kids who didn’t actually have roadkill gumbo in their lunch thermoses.
Dan asked if I wanted to do anything special for Valentines Day. “Yes! Lets have a nice dinner together.” “Go out?” “No, at home.” “Like every night?” “Right.” “Great.”
I have a few fun links for you on the day before Valentines Day.
* a gorgeous, easy recipe for apricot-walnut truffles that we made last year on Valentines Day.
* Dan and I have been watching the show, Parenthood, on netflix. We found it randomly and are loving it and I wondered if I should recommend it here, not knowing if the fact that the last movie we saw in the theatre was before Col was born makes us uniquely qualified or horribly untrustworthy, but then I googled it and saw the show has almost a million fans on Facebook, which is to say you probably already know about it and isn’t it wonderful?
* Nerd love, or how Dan and I met.
* The list of some of my favorite posts (bottom of sidebar) has been updated.
* Namaste Health Center, everyone’s favorite healing place in Durango (and long time 6512 sponsor!), is kicking off a free lecture series titled: Sugar, Stress and Sex: Supporting the Terrain. Views from the East and West. Details here.
* Durango has the very exciting opportunity to start transitioning our city parks to an organic care program. This is the safest choice for children, honeybees, earthworms and all the other voiceless ones. Plus, who needs a monoculture carpet of grass? The cost of the new equipment is high and we are lucky to be able to contribute to a new, gentler, safer way. If you would like to contribute, go here. Anything helps. Thank you.
* Speaking of weeds, here is a radio spot I wrote for NPR’s Earth Notes on Durango’s first Wild Foods CSA.
And seriously, have a very happy Valentines Day, whatever it means to you.
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