Wednesday, October 26, 2016

No time out

Time can be geological, historical, millenial, generational, eternal or poetic. Current time can involve years, months, seasons, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and subparticles thereof. Time can fly or drag along. It can heal everything or be the enemy. There's no time out from time!
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


 photo fishing_in_minecraft.jpgIt's easy to think there's not much to unschooling, and then to fail at it.

Read a little, try a little,
wait a while, watch.

Do that so many times that you don't notice you're doing it all the time.
photo by Celeste Burke

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trash or treasure?

 photo IMG_3608.jpgYou can use antique shops or junk stores, charity shops, thrift stores, as museums to visit with your children. Many things are neither trash nor treasure, but can be interesting examples of art, technology, geography, politics, function and design.

In deciding which link to use with this image, I settled on the history page, and noticed a paragraph I wrote over a decade ago. Now, two deaths and a Nobel prize have entered the story:

History can be nearly current, like comparative pop/funk of the '80s— is Prince really all that much greater than Michael Jackson? Is it because he plays guitar? What about the history of the guitar? Does Minneapolis create better musicians than Gary, Indiana, or does it even matter? Is Bob Dylan evidence for Minneapolis? One thing leads to another. Thinking about Minneapolis can lead to thoughts of U.S. history, of early 19th century border fortifications, the Mississippi River, the French in Canada, and in Louisiana. You can let your mind float downstream (or up). "Hiawatha" would've been set in that area, and Longfellow wrote that and many other things of childhood, and parents, and night time.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, October 23, 2016

When you breathe

10/23/16 When you breathe photo JoIsaacDadLighthouseView.jpg
When something makes you sad, breathe in a lovely thought.

When you're worried,
breathe in hope.

When you're afraid,
breathe in calm.

Let breathing bring you closer to better, for your family and for yourself.
photo by Jo Isaac

Friday, October 21, 2016


 photo DSC04961.jpgLearning proceeds from being able to touch and see things, maybe to hear, smell or taste things. To discuss new or unexpected things. To think about interesting things.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Look for light

Look for light, literally and figuratively.

Early, in the kitchen, a basket of light:

One side is white with dark holes. The other side is dark with pink morning sun. Had I used a flash, both sides of the basket would have looked the same and the soft spots would have been gone.

Downstairs, another light show:

photos and little video by Sandra Dodd in 2010

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sweet and playful

10/20/16 Sweet and playful photo Look how long our shadows are.jpg"Don’t underestimate how wonderful your happy presence can be for your kids. Be sweet and playful and optimistic and involved. Give them lots of your time."
—Deb Lewis
photo by Eva Witsel
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