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 …

Living Arts Weekly: Seeking

Living Arts Weekly: Seeking

May 6, 2018 By seeking and blundering we learn. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Head down, eyes keen, I walk in silence searching for morels. The trickster mushrooms resemble every leaf on the forest floor, hidden from view of those who don’t have their “morel eyes” on. Some people are gifted at finding morels. They …

Living Arts Weekly: Opening

Living Arts Weekly: Opening

April 29, 2018 We are the opening verse of the opening page of the chapter of endless possibilities.  – Rudyard Kipling o·pen·ing ˈōp(ə)niNG/ “an act or instance of beginning” As I write this, my mind is more focused on “ending,” such as, “Will this winter ever end??”  I am stranded in New York City as …

Living Arts Weekly: Being

Living Arts Weekly: Being

April 22, 2018 Are you a human being or a human doing?   As a hobby beekeeper, I continue to learn a great number of lessons from the humble honeybee, the most profound being, well, “bee-ing.”  Spending time observing the bee go about her work, so simply and selflessly, yet with a sophisticated consciousness humans …

Living Arts Weekly: Awakening

Living Arts Weekly: Awakening

April 15, 2018 April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. —William Shakespeare Our Kimberton LifeWays students celebrated their commencement from the LifeWays Early Childhood Training a few weeks ago, and the spring peepers were out in full force during their final week of class! These tiny frogs awaken from their winter slumber when …