Living Arts Weekly: Refreshing

Living Arts Weekly: Refreshing

July 15, 2018 Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  – John Lennon Last week I was on vacation with my husband’s family in Door County, Wisconsin. There were about twenty of us in one house, and it was as fun and wonderful and chaotic as a family vacation with twenty people should be. Each …

Living Arts Weekly: YOUR RESPONSE NEEDED!

Living Arts Weekly: YOUR RESPONSE NEEDED!

July 8, 2018 You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one. ― John Lennon Today’s theme is Dreaming. We’ll keep it short and sweet, because we really want your feedback.  As we dream about what kinds of content to include …

Living Arts Weekly: Celebrating

Living Arts Weekly: Celebrating

July 1, 2018 May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.  – Peter Marshall Independence Day has always been my favorite holiday. Gathering with the whole community for the parade in the morning and then later under the stars for …

Living Arts Weekly: Lighting

Living Arts Weekly: Lighting

June 24, 2018 My soul is in the sky. ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream We are at the time of the year when we in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate the sun, with the longest of days being the Summer Solstice on June 21st.  More commonly in Europe and other parts of the world, there are …

Living Arts Weekly: Fathering

Living Arts Weekly: Fathering

June 17, 2018 My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. -Clarence Budington Kelland As we work to break down gender stereotypes, one finds oneself pondering the question, “Is there really a difference between mothering and fathering? Isn’t it all simply parenting?” I remember an illuminating …

Living Arts Weekly: Traveling

Living Arts Weekly: Traveling

June 10, 2018 School’s out, and for many of us that means family vacations. When I was a kid, our vacations mostly involved driving long distances, a forced togetherness that often induced squabbling but also created lasting memories. There is an openness and a vulnerability that accompanies leaving one’s home and familiar routines to encounter …

Living Arts Weekly: Living

Living Arts Weekly: Living

June 3, 2018 “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. – Annie Dillard The Living Arts are nourishing practices that help us meet the developmental needs of the young child. They are comprised of what LifeWays’ founder Cynthia Aldinger categorized as: practical tasks of the household like cooking, repairing, sweeping, polishing, and washing; social …

Living Arts Weekly: Growing

Living Arts Weekly: Growing

May 27, 2018 Love does not dominate. It cultivates.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Some of you know that I run a small farm education program in Wisconsin. I’ve been thinking a lot about growing lately! The baby chicks that hatched at the beginning of May are already gawky, awkward teenagers.  The tomato seedlings on my …

Living Arts Weekly: Meeting

Living Arts Weekly: Meeting

May 20, 2018 All real living is meeting.  -Martin Buber Quantum entanglement describes how particles in the universe are connected in indescribable ways. Pairs or groups of particles interact in ways in which the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently, even when they are separated by large distances. Albert Einstein called it …

Living Arts Weekly: Mothering

Living Arts Weekly: Mothering

May 13, 2018 This is the mother-love, which is one of the most moving and unforgettable memories of our lives.     -C.G. Jung As I was doodling the other day, the above image appeared on the page. It seems like a good image for Mother’s Day, because it represents (to me) the mother archetype. She …