The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey

A few months ago the Internet was taken by storm by a video of a Scottish grandmother trying, without success, to maintain her composure while reading a story to her grandson, Craig Smith’s The Wonky Donkey. At the time I was anxious to read the book for myself, but apparently so were many other people. … Continue reading

Carrots, Mindfulness, and Creativity

Carrots, Mindfulness, and Creativity

My sister ate a carrot this week. That might not sound like much, but because her immune system has been compromised, fresh fruits and vegetables have been deemed too dangerous in recent days—until now. Family and friends celebrated by filling her Facebook spaces with pictures of salads, carrot-crunching rabbits, and cheers. Needless to say, she … Continue reading

Protecting Faith and the Path Forward

Protecting Faith and the Path Forward

Sometimes things happen that are more important than any of our professional interests. Some of them happened this week. I wrote the following as a reflection to my Facebook friends, then decided I should post a slightly edited version here. It doesn’t particularly relate to creativity or teaching, but it does relate to life. Here’s … Continue reading

Go to High School, Make a Record

Go to High School, Make a Record

I love it when I hear stories of students whose creative contributions astound me and bring me hope. That’s how I felt when I read about the students in the Creative Musical Arts and Sciences program at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, AZ. These students, in high school, are earning music credits while essentially operating … Continue reading

Awe, Creativity, and the Wonder of It All

Awe, Creativity, and the Wonder of It All

I did a lot of traveling this summer, some for work, some for play. More than once I experienced things that nearly took my breath away—a gothic cathedral, the pounding of the ocean, a visit to one of the driest deserts on earth. Each one made me feel part of something bigger; they inspired awe. … Continue reading

Halloween Math and Other Tricks and Treats

Halloween Math and Other Tricks and Treats

Halloween seems to get bigger every year. While I’m saddened to see the free-range trick-or-treating of my childhood wane, I still love the imagination with which so many young people (and their parents!) embrace the season. And, of course, in my household full of black cats, I need to put up a few appropriate decorations. … Continue reading