Celebrate Samhainn

The days grow shorter, the harvest comes in, we settle our debts, and we forgive one another.  When the veil parts between this world and the After World, may your tears be of joy and sorrow, loneliness, and acknowledgement that those we love will always love us.

The Wild Ride Written from the perspective of a young ghost, this story tells of her love for her family mingled with her willingness to move on from this world. 

 

The Next Great Adventure This service occurred at the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley, Norwich, Vermont, on October 30, 2011

Prime Numbers

What’s the deal with prime numbers?  Grab your crayons and discover some great patterns while searching for primes!   Prime Number Grid

Every number can be written as a multiplication sentence – which can be very useful when the numbers get too big or too many.  Here’s practice re-writing each number from 2 to 100 as the multiplication of Prime Factors.  Prime Factors

Pony and Little Girl

Great for readers who are just beyond “Matt has a cat” and want a real short story just for them!  I wrote these for my pony-loving daughter, who loves solving the mystery at the end of each one.

Pony Goes Tracking       Pony’s Bath

Pony’s Neighbor             Pony’s Pink Paddock

Pony’s Special Day         Pony Goes Shopping

Damask Blue Shaped Scarf

 

This very wide, very warm scarf is knit as two long stockinette tubes which loop around and under and over one another.  Short rows and wrap-and-turn accomplish the various corners.  This particular cable is copied from the beautiful collarbone tattoos of the talented web spinner at Damask Blue Designs.  The pattern is very much in “beta test” mode, and I’m pleased to offer it for free until it has been thoroughly test-knitted.

Damask Blue Shaped Scarf

 

The Friendly Creatures Game

An Interdependence Game: The Friendly Creatures Game invites twelve participants to take on the roles of twelve of Earth’s creatures in a cooperative problem-solving game. Each player is assigned a resource to Have and a resource to Need. Each player speaks two animal languages, and may only communicate with others who share a language in common.

How will the creatures find what they need to survive?

The Friendly Creatures Game was originally designed for children. With random assignment of Have and Need cards, it has been used successfully by a law professor as an exercise in negotiation, contract, leadership styles, basic economic theory, and interdependence.

The central message of The Friendly Creatures Game is that we cannot win until everyone shares their resources.
Friendly Creatures

Animal Helpers

An Environmental Stewardship and Earth Spirit Curriculum for Preschoolers

Animal Helpers guides preschool children on a six-session exploration of environmental stewardship, using images of animals for inspiration. It uses guided visualization to help each child identify with a specific animal which embodies positive qualities and encourages the child to be her or his best self. The animal may continue to serve as a meditation image long after the class is complete.

Animal Helpers uses sacred dance, storytelling, role playing, music, crafts, and discussion to reach each child in her or his special learning and attending style and teaches children about environmental stewardship by engaging in projects to help creatures of air, land, and water.

The central message of Animal Helpers calls all of us, no matter how small, to work together to keep our Earth safe and clean.

Animal Helpers

Kells Headband

Completed cable headbandThis double-thickness headband is knit in the round along the short dimension, adding rows along the long dimension, joined to the provisional cast-on at the back seam. The stockinette inner surface keeps your ears toasty and the beautiful cables of the outer surface, knit against a reverse stockinette background, are copied from Ireland’s great treasure: The Book of Kells.

Kells Headband pdf