Blowing & Drifting

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Riptide Quest!

April 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

One of the cooler assignments that Julia has had in elementary school was creating an alternate title, blurb, and cover for a real book. She chose Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, which she read and reread this winter. I love her alternate cover, and her new blurb is really good too.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · reading · winter

Sunday Funday

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

The girls and I fought off a dreary Sunday afternoon by going to Carleton’s rec center to shoot baskets and then over to the art gallery for an amazing exhibit of hanging works like "The Collector" by HOTTEA: Stunning.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · Carleton · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · spring

Vivi Poetry

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Genevieve made a whole bunch of birthday presents for me, and probably enjoyed watching me open them as much as she had enjoyed making them. What a kid. Though they were all good (and though getting a $5 bill from your daughter is a little weird…), the best one by far was a book of […]

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Best of April Fools Day 2015

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

No matter what John Oliver says, April Fools Day is great, especially in the Age of the Internet and especially, I think, in Northfield, which is full of people who enjoy staging pranks and who enjoy hearing about them. Here are a few of my favorite AF jokes from 2015. I’m not sure which I enjoyed […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · Carleton · cycling · Minnesota · Northfield · sport · spring · stupidities

Characters

February 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vivi loves loves loves to write and draw little vignettes of various odd characters. She’s currently making a PowerPoint of individual “imaginary friends,” each of whom is distinct and crazy. Until that’s ready to be shared, this illo of made-up people is good:

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Julia Draws Stravinsky

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia’s excellent art teacher had the kids try to do a drawing of Igor Stravinsky, riffing on Picasso’s famous piece from 1920. I like Julia’s a lot.  

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · autumn · borrowed content · girls · school

Rinella, American Buffalo

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Steven Rinella’s American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon is excellent look at the natural history of the North American bison, framed by the author’s hunt of a buffalo in Alaska in 2006. As his trek illustrates in gripping, gory detail, the connection between humans and bison has always been complicated. Bison are the oldest kind […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · book report · nature · photos

Puzzled No More!

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Huzzah! After weeks of work, all 1,000 pieces of “Confection Street” are in their proper places! Vivi did the last thirty or forty pieces all by herself! The finished puzzle looks great.

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950 pieces down…

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

We need a term – possibly a German loanword – for the feeling one has when he looks for weeks at an unfinished puzzle which his youngest daughter has prohibited him from completing.

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Canis lupus

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Says Julia: "I drew this amazing wolf pic based on a picture from the Internet!"

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The Pleasing Routine

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

As much as I like being away riding bikes, it’s awfully nice to come home again. Not that the homecomings are always joyous, but rather the opposite: the girls (and Shannon) have a very no-nonsense attitude. “Oh, you’re home! Good. Help me with my homework.” Tonight, for instance, I got home around 7 from a […]

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Outfits

January 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Julia has always been into clothes, but she’s lately combined her fashion sense with her love of drawing to create pages and pages of cool outfits like these.

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The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Belatedly, here is the book that Julia wrote for me as a Christmas present: The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed (click for a PDF). It’s freaky and good.

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Vivi’s Joke Book

January 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi loves reading, telling, and creating jokes. She recently collected some of her jokes in an illustrated book (pdf). Here are some sample pages. Enjoy?    

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Target Ads by Tweens

January 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia’s interpretation of a Target ad. What is she obsessed with these days? (Click on the images to see larger versions.)

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