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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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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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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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Vivi Art: Mrs. Zublowski’s Second Grade Class

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi periodically makes a sort of "class photo" drawing of a bunch of kids that belong to some imaginary class. She enjoys drawing the silly faces as much as making up the silly names. Here for instance are Mrs. Zublowski’s second graders – but interestingly not Mrs. Zublowski herself:

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Awesome Filmmaking by the Girls

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia learned how to use the iOS version of iMovie at school this week, so she and Vivi have been making “trailers” – four so far. Each is better than the last, and the girls are especially happy with these three. Amazing creativity – and no shortage of sheer weirdness. The Diary of Fate [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/108675842[/vimeo] Pixie […]

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Fabulous Poetry by Genevieve

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Tree branches swaying slightly Leaves whispering to one another Cornfield already asleep Clouds have painted the sky a deep blue Grass admiring the masterpiece Nature made Everything ignoring the headlights From cars slicing through the Kind evening Everything ushering everything else To fall asleep Life It passes quickly But you experience every minute of it […]

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Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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