2013 Children at Play Conference – Oct 4/5

I know that the readers of this blog are few. And I know that the few are not close. But… Next Friday and Saturday is the first Children at Play Conference at Bernheim (near Louisville Kentucky). I’ve been pulling the larger Children at Play Initiative that this conference kicks off for over a year. This is the start of an on-going effort to reinvent the universe of outdoor play spaces in my region. I know, in my bones, that this community will become a hot-spot for the most amazing outdoor play environments to be found. With a bit of help we will simply make it so. If you want to find out more about the upcoming conference simply click HERE.CAP13 Promo

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Cause I Can Eat Slowly

The other morning I was having breakfast with my five-year old when she said “I can’t wait for the weekend.” It was a Monday. I asked her what she especially liked about weekends. She thought things over for about half a minute while she was eating her oatmeal. Her response…”Cause on weekends I can eat lunch slowly.” I think, ultimately, that we are doing our children a disservice by over scheduling and tightly cramming their days with “time on task.” What is our ultimate goal with children? This kind of industrialized education will kill us. I agree with you my daughter…let’s eat slowly today.Ruby - Eat slowly

Portland Plays – Playground Vision Day 9-7-13

Today the Portland Plays group pulled off an amazing day of play that included children in the visioning and planning for a playground that will help start the process of breaking the mold of play environments in our community.  The people that pulled this day together should be really proud of what they did.  The kids had a ball.  When I told Ruby it was time to leave she almost cried.  We can’t wait to help move this forward.  Here’s just a very few pictures.  I took hundreds (yes hundreds) but these few give you a sense of the day. There will be a conference at Bernheim this October 4th and 5th that focuses on creating this kind of play environment. Click HERE for details. If we can keep doing what the Portland Plays group did today our community will change for the better.

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Earth Measure – August 30, 2013

Matt and his team of assistants are closing in on the final carving.  Most of the dishes have been carved out with the exception of the eastern facing dish.  The different geometries of the concavities provide different focal points for collecting sound.  Limestone dust is everywhere but mostly on Matt and the other carvers.  Here’s some photos taken on August 30th.

Keeping the carvers cool.  Tools are tethered to the blue device to control the carving curvature.

Keeping the carvers cool. Tools are tethered to the blue device to control the carving curvature.

I'm guessing Matt has worn through more than one circular blade lately.

I’m guessing Matt has worn through more than one circular blade lately.

Matt and some of his many tools.

Matt and some of his many tools.

Matt Weir in front of the mostly finished west facing dish. 8-30-13

Matt Weir in front of the mostly finished west facing dish. 8-30-13