Living Arts Weekly: Connecting Rituals

Living Arts Weekly: Connecting Rituals

August 2, 2020 Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored -Terry Tempest Williams Last week I wrote about being present to our children during the pandemic, an offering of certainty in these uncertain times. There are also ritualized moments in the day when I am intently focused on a child or two that …

Living Arts Wednesday: Reading and Reading Lists

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald We have all heard, and know, about the importance of reading to our children when they are young. Questions arise about what kind of books to choose for what ages…and what topics are appropriate for our youngest ones. If you, as a …

Living Arts Weekly: Resilience

Living Arts Weekly: Resilience

July 19, 2020 Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare. ― Angela Duckworth Some pretty funny memes have circulated about this challenging year, 2020.  Sometimes a good chuckle helps take our minds off the pressing issues of our time.  Teachers are planning how to safely go back into the classroom, or how to muster up their …

Living Arts Wednesday: House Blessing Wreaths

Living Arts Wednesday: House Blessing Wreaths

July 15, 2020 “May this house shelter your life. When you come in home here, May all the weight of the world Fall from your shoulders. May your heart be tranquil here, Blessed by the peace the world cannot give. May this home be a lucky place, Where the graces your life desires Always find …

Living Arts Weekly: A Sense of Place

Living Arts Weekly: A Sense of Place

July 12, 2020 It was a pleasure-giving house and place, a place we were glad to be. – from Hannah Coulter, written by Wendell Berry I suspect that you, like me, have spent more time at home lately. This mere fact represents a season of hardship for many – job losses, canceled vacations, and summer …

Living Arts Wednesday: Soft, flying butterflies

Living Arts Wednesday: Soft, flying butterflies

July 8, 2020 Fly bright butterfly, fly to me You soar like a bird, you sip like a bee But you’re really just a flower that the wind set free…. This is a little rhyme we sing in parent/child classes with the children! Then the parents make wonderful, soft, wool felt bean bag and finger …

Living Arts Weekly: From Sea to Shining Sea

Living Arts Weekly: From Sea to Shining Sea

July 5, 2020 Oh beautiful for spacious skies For amber waves of grain For purple mountains majesty Above the fruited plain America, America God shed His grace on thee And crown thy Good with Brotherhood From sea to shining sea From Cynthia: These are the lyrics to America the Beautiful that I grew up with. …

Living Arts Wednesday: A Sweet 4th of July

Living Arts Wednesday: A Sweet 4th of July

July 1, 2020 Eat well. Live simply. Laugh often. As with everything else this year, the 4th of July and all that goes with it will be different than in the past. No parades, fireworks or large family BBQ’s. Every family will need to decide for themselves what will make that day memorable. Here are …

Living Arts Weekly: Life Goes On

Living Arts Weekly: Life Goes On

June 28, 2020 Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah La-la how their life goes on Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah La-la how their life goes on –The Beatles  Hi Everybody, How are you?  Michael (my husband) and I had an interesting conversation recently where we both noted that we felt as if we are …