Sunday, February 24, 2013

Creative Flow

Always, my family comes first. Whenever there's a decision to be made, I follow my heart and it leads me to them. We've chosen to homeschool this year bringing more freedom and allowing more creativity to flow in. We have flexibility to blaze our own trail. I'm now working with a very talented writer and a very talented singer to bring "Zuccotti Park" to life. I have this beautiful creative project that fits in with our family rhythm just perfectly. The kids have even been able to participate in the recording of the demos and Molly read a part at Friday nights table read. They get to see their mom as their teacher as well as a woman exploring her creative potential. I feel so fed right now. Along with learning about Ancient Rome, Greece and the mineral world I get to work on a project that has such potential to make a difference. It was just a table read and some were moved nearly to tears, many laughed and everyone was excited. "Zuccotti Park", I'm glad we met. Thank you Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King, an exciting road lies ahead.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Goethe, You are Beautiful

We're begining our mineralogy block this week and once again I am moved nearly to tears by the beauty of Waldorf education. Always coming from the "whole" we will notice our own continent and surroundings to introduce the mineral world. Lassen, Yosemite, rolling hills, valleys and our beaches reveal the truth in how man has evolved with the earth. I'll be reading Goethe's essay on Granite to Oliver, I've never read nor known anything of Goethe (other than the fact that I was almost married in the Goethe Mansion in Sacramento) until now. He is beautiful, here's an excerpt:

  "Here, at this old, eternal altar built directly on the depth of creation, I bring a sacrifice to the Being of all Beings. I experience the first, firmest beginnings of our existence. I survey the world, it's rugged and softer valleys, it's distant fertile pastures. My soul is lifted above itself and above all other things; it is longing for the nearness of Heaven!"

Seek the beauty in education, you will not be disappointed.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I Remember

I was in the co-op yesterday and I spotted this beautiful bouquet  of peach colored roses, fully unfurled in the arms of a woman. With beautiful long graying hair partially pulled on top of her head in a loose bun, she stood there examining all the flowers on display, smelling each one. She emanated  warmth in her loose, long flowy garments. She had a little smile on her face, she just seemed so content. I asked to smell her flowers and she happily obliged, commenting on the coming of spring before drifting away into a line at the check-out. I almost cried. The encounter stirred some deep memory of my mother. There are those little moments in your memory that connect you to that safe feeling of complete contentment, the ideal of "home". I realized that I most felt loved by my mother when she felt most content with where she was. Standing at the kitchen sink while stewed plums simmered on the stove, laying in a chair peacefully soaking in the sun, walking down a beach or watering the garden. Valentine's Day is tomorrow and I remember one year that my mom sent a heart shaped little chocolate cake to school for me.
  Thoughtfulness and being's just so simple. It's hard to remember sometimes, we feel the need to be so busy but it reminded me of how good those simple ideas are. Those moments last forever.  I'm going to bake heart shaped cookies tomorrow and wear my great grandma's apron.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Homeschool This Week

Egyptian game of Senet

Making tortillas with grandpa!

Whatever these are, they're delicious! Just don't read the ingredients!

Vocab on a stump

Perfume in an oyster shell with the Eye of Horus