Hooray for Wales!

Hooray for Wales!

The small country of Wales has just done something big. The government of Wales, in conjunction with the Welsh Arts Council has issued a 5-year action plan titled Creative Learning Through the Arts: An Action Plan for Wales. It starts with a vision:     The arts, and creative approaches to teaching and learning, should … Continue reading

Bringing Them in with Trailers

Bringing Them in with Trailers

How do you choose a movie? My husband and I don’t see many movies, but when we do, we are often influenced by movie trailers–especially those shared by friends and family. So I was interested when a recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast featured Mike Woolen, who has created trailers for movies including Birdman, Boyhood, … Continue reading

When Do We Play?

When Do We Play?

Play is important.  Why else would it be so consistent across the human and animal worlds? When we had kittens in our house, the two of them found the world a continual source of adventure. They stalked one another with delight, dove into our shoes just for the sake of popping back out, and chased … Continue reading

BIg Hero 6: Looking from a New Angle

BIg Hero 6: Looking from a New Angle

Recently I had the chance to snuggle down with some of my favorite young people to watch the movie Big Hero 6. I’ll admit I did not have high expectations, given that the hero of the movie bears a striking resemblance to Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But Big Hero 6 was not just delightful … Continue reading

Cinderlad: The Irish Cinderella

Cinderlad: The Irish Cinderella

What would have happened if Cinderella were a man? How might the story be different? An old Irish folk tale provides one answer. As retold by Shirley Climo (and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day), The Irish Cinderlad tells the story of Becan, whose chief worry since childhood was his enormous feet, until his … Continue reading