Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photos on Facebook

Hey friends--
I think I am going to start putting photos on Facebook because it is way easier and faster. If you read my blog and aren't on facebook, let me know and I will email them to you. Or maybe keep posting them here!


  1. Hey Barb! I was awakened by the sound of a dying rabbit. I lay in bed watching the cat at his vigil on the window sill, gradually becoming alert, rather than asleep. So I am up at 1:00 and now I see that it is 2.
    I am so glad to find your blog. It is lovely to see your little house and to hear about its surroundings. Your neighbors sound delightful. I can't imagine doing this without the language, but it sounds like your work and your contact with the community is meaningful.
    I will be winding up a very short month working in a summer school program at Cityview. I worked there last summer in the rollout year of a summer arts program. I'm very happy to be there again. I'm working with a fine teacher and 35 5th graders, some of whom I worked with last summer as 4th graders. We study math and language every day, but the main energy is devoted to creating a performance for the last week when all the parents and siblings come. This year we have had a resident hip hop poet who introduced the kids to Langston Hughes. Let me just say that the kids have come up with a wonderful poem, a montage of a Hughes poem they like, a hip hop rap, and a beautiful poem written by one of the students. There are some profoundly gifted children in our class. Of course, we teachers are the only whites. If you'd like, I'll send you the finished poem. They will perform it onstage with a great clapping jumping beat provided by the beatmakers, who are really making the text jump. We've been struggling with the piece for a couple of weeks, and yesterday was our artistic breakthrough, heance my excitement. On the home front, life is very good. We are gardening intensely, capturing bee swarms, picking berries, cooking, canning, freezing. We have a nursery of baby birds at our back door. We had a phoebe next at our kitchen window, with 4 fledglings exiting last month. Baby orioles, grossbeaks, and bluejays delight me weekend mornings and at suppertime. Our very fine rooster, Norman, disappeared over a week ago. Today I found a pile of his feathers in the front prairie.
    Be well, Barb. I'll be looking forward to reading your posts...mary

  2. Hello Barbie,
    I am not on Facebook, can you email me pic's. I don't want to miss a thing.
    Love, Jo