Friday, October 20, 2017

US History: Guest Lecturer Explains the Battles of the Revolution

Dr. Larry Lujan came to our class and described the various battles of the Revolutionary War to the kids, with marvelous hand-painted figures.  Special emphasis on the battles of Lexington and Concord.  The kids were mesmerized. (Oh, who am I kidding?  Me too...)

The Tempest Rehearsals

Lots of fun...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Egg Experiment to Demonstrate Permeability

Very, very cool.  We started a second round...

Original egg on left; egg with shell that was dissolved in red wine vinegar on right.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Surprises

After a great Religious Ed class (yes, great, all 34 kids deeply engaged, thank you Jesus!) we took off as fast as we could to a surprise 50th birthday party.  A beautiful day and a fun celebration for a really generous and caring friend.  The best part was when the birthday friend saw her adult daughter there and burst into tears of joy, as she had thought that she was away at college.  I cried too! 

Then we were off again, with one intent in mind and then a sudden inspiration changed our course entirely.  We ended up at the Berkeley Vivarium, an awesome store, and surprised my Mom with a late birthday/early Christmas gift - a new box turtle.  She loves her turtles and was thrilled, as somehow I knew she should be (G commented that I had previously said that you can't just buy another person a pet - it is too much of a commitment - and she's right, of course, but when this turtle came out of her shell and was so unafraid and friendly, I knew that my Mom would love her and I was right.  Hurrah!)  We left the turtle happily eating everything she gave her - quite a change from other turtles who are more select in their diets (I had one in college that only ate cheese, tofu, raw hamburger, and worms).

This snake was trying hard to convince K to bring him home!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

A quick fun trip in between so many other things that seem to be clogging this semester with busyness.  The weather was still smoky from the terrible fires just north of us, but less so than in previous days and the pumpkins are always so pretty.

I want to try to make these - so pretty!


Thursday, October 12, 2017


I snuck in late to get this photo; they usually stop in irritation when I try and that disrupts the lesson, so I don't make the attempt.  But their teacher is always commenting on how serious they are and how his time with them is his favorite hour of his work week, so I couldn't help trying to capture their quiet working intensity.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


G took these photos of K's game; she may have a career as a sports photographer, if she decides not to be a marine biologist/engineer/architect/etc.  The game was fun, too.  K's team is undefeated!