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January 19th, 2011
08:20 pm

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collage
I've been working on a couple of house collages for, like, a year, I dunno. Mostly they sit around and taunt me with their incompleteness and their taking-up-spaceness and their being the first step into something that I really really want to do but it's harder.

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July 26th, 2010
08:25 pm

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TV watching
True Blood: Eric ... has the worst posture ever. Which is why I think he should do all his scenes on his back. ;)
Rescue Me: I've started fast-fwding through most of it.
Freaks and Geeks: Yes, I'm ten years behind the times.

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January 3rd, 2010
07:17 pm

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Notes on _Nurtureshock_
p. 122: "More Fun with Sisters and Brothers," Dr. Laurie Kramer. Teaches kids to initiate play with siblings, how to find activities they both like to do together, how to gently decline when they're not interested, how to recognize feelings broadcast by siblings. Conflict prevention.
p. 162: Tools of the Mind curriculum ups good behavior, IQ scores, vocab, etc.
p. 190-193: popular kids are aggressive; aggression requires highly attuned social skills to pull off. Why don't kids shun aggressive peers? [I've wondered about this in adults, too- in several social groups, there was one really unpleasant person who folks seemed unnaturally (to me) interested in befriending.] Social power- using kindness and cruelty to maintain power. Kids who watch a lot of educational TV are far more relationally aggressive.
p. 196: Progressive Dad has more aggressive kids: inconsistent discipline: not straong at establishing rules or enforcing them. "that the kid hasn't simply modeled the father's warm compassionate ways... may throw him for a loop." (That is how I feel a lot of the time!) Progressive Dad is always trying something new, and caving at the wrong time.
p. 238: Gratitude, honesty, empathy, fairness are not moral Kevlar.
- Authors demonstrate the relationship between sleep loss and obesity etc but do not propose any SOLUTIONS to getting my kids to SLEEP more!
- Praising kids as smart not as valuable as praising their effort.

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January 2nd, 2010
09:28 pm

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Perspective
Reading Anne Lamott tonight and cracking up over:
"Here are the two best prayers that I know: "Help me, help me, help me," and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." A woman I know says, for her morning prayer, "Whatever," and then for the evening, "Oh, well," but has conceded that these prayers are more palatable for people without children."

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November 18th, 2009
09:52 am

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I resemble that remark!
http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2009/11/17/they-say-moms-have-only-9-recipes/#more-12574

I definitely make the same ten-minute meals over and over again... once in a while, if there's time and inclination and cooperation, I'll make something special, but even then, it's usually something special that I've made before!

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September 30th, 2009
01:14 pm

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yelling at Terry Gross
I know that yelling at my radio doesn't help anything but... really, Terry Gross? Po Bronson says kids need more sleep? NO SHIT. You want that I should tie them to the bed?

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September 13th, 2009
07:48 pm

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If you're feeling out-of-control insane, read a Bai Ling interview. By comparison, you will look so mundane.

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September 11th, 2009
04:05 pm

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Open Studios
I'm participating in Bedford Center for the Arts Open Studios in November. I thought it was a community-building event, but it ends up that it's an upscale (?) craft fair. I'd appreciate input on a couple of things, because I'm just too spacey to give it thoughtful thought- my head just keeps going around in circles.

1. I need to pick a picture of something that is representative of my "work." This, of course, depends on:
2. One of the things someone mentioned at the organization meeting last night is that if you "do" multiple things, you should pick just one to represent at the Open Studios (e.g., if you do abstract statues and animal statues, just have one type out for display). Too much choice "confuses" consumers, overwhelms them. I think I could put out more "stuff" if I put out jewelry- necklaces, pins, barrettes. My primary focus has been on the paper crafts, though- cards and journals. That said, I probably have sold more of the jewelry stuff, because people look at the cards and think (or so I imagine), I'll just pick up something at the dollar store. What do you think I should display?


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August 26th, 2009
03:08 pm

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cole_b QOTD
In the backseat of the car, on our way to Poppy's, apropos of nothing, cole_b held one of those milk cap rings that cats adore so much under his nose and said, "Do not bother me! *I* have a mustache!" in a very dramatic fashion.

Then he took it away and said, ""Do not bother me! I do *not* have a mustache!" also in a very dramatic fashion.

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August 24th, 2009
07:23 am

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Of interest to stargazers?
Alan MacRobert speaking Sunday August 30 at 10 a.m. in the Common Room of First Parish in Bedford:
http://www.uubedford.org/

There was a time when "Our Father who art in Heaven" was thought to be literally just above the clouds. The best proof of God's existence was  
that "the Heavens declare His glory". Astronomy, astrology, theology, and cosmology were all one big subject. The Emperor Rudolf II  
supported Kepler largely for his astrological advice.

Alan -- as you know if you've taken advantage of some of his adult-ed stargazing evenings -- is an astronomer, an editor at "Star and  
Telescope" magazine, and writes the Globe's "Star Watch" column. In short, he studies the higher realms. "Exact Location" is his wrangling  
with the question: What (if anything) does modern astronomy tell us about religion?

The service will be followed by coffee, and (I hope) by many discussions about our own theologies and how we square them with  
science as we understand it.

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