30 October 2009

Stop and Hear the Music

Pearls Before Breakfast

Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.
By Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page W10

HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play.

It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12, the middle of the morning rush hour. In the next 43 minutes, as the violinist performed six classical pieces, 1,097 people passed by. Almost all of them were on the way to work, which meant, for almost all of them, a government job. L'Enfant Plaza is at the nucleus of federal Washington, and these were mostly mid-level bureaucrats with those indeterminate, oddly fungible titles: policy analyst, project manager, budget officer, specialist, facilitator, consultant.



...There was no ethnic or demographic pattern to distinguish the people who stayed to watch Bell, or the ones who gave money, from that vast majority who hurried on past, unheeding. Whites, blacks and Asians, young and old, men and women, were represented in all three groups. But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...



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Skywatch

The sky on a rainy Saturday afternoon.









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Autumn nature basket



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29 October 2009

Autumn

You Capture is a weekly photo challenge at I Should Be Folding Laundry. This week's challenge is Autumn.







28 October 2009

Water

Corner View is hosted by Spain Daily and we are invited to post pictures telling the stories of our different lives and cultures. This week's theme is Water.

Saturday was a rainy day and in the afternoon we went out to our favourite cafe. Sunnyboy took his new Bob The Builder umbrella which he bought at the charity shop last week for 30p.







Later on the rain stopped and we went to the park near the cafe.







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Wordless Wednesday

23 October 2009

Waves (Nozy's Nature Pictures)

Some of Nozy's pictures from our day out at Southwold last month.







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Unschooling ABCs


A – autonomy - the freedom to choose when, where, how and what we learn and to direct the rest of our life with the same freedom (when to take trips, when to wake up each day, what to wear, when to eat, what to spend our time on, who to spend time with, etc…).

B – being together – we have so much time to get to know and enjoy each other!

C – creative & critical thinking – we don’t spend precious time memorizing “right” answers in order to score well on tests, our learning has a more lasting purpose. We have the freedom to question everything, and explore to the extent that our curiosity is satisfied before moving on to something else.

Read the rest of the alphabet at This Inspired Life.

*The inspiration for Conscious Friday comes from Se'Lah at Necessary Room.

21 October 2009

Going for a walk by the river




Sunnyboy by the river (33 months)
May 2009

My Dream

Corner View is hosted by Spain Daily and we are invited to post pictures telling the stories of our different lives and cultures. This week's theme is 'My Dream'.



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Wordless Wednesday

18 October 2009

The toy shed

Our shared garden has a toy shed for all the neighbourhood children to use.



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Shadows



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Today's Flowers



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16 October 2009

Birds (Nozy's Nature Pictures)


Young Kestrel


Yellowhammers


Red Crested Woodpecker


Chaffinch

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Right To Reply

RIGHT TO REPLY: A Response to Graham Badman's Report to the Secretary of State on the Review of Elective Home Education in England (PDF file)

Consultation on Home Education - registration and monitoring proposals
The closing date for responses is Monday 19 October 2009

UK Petition to the Prime Minister to reject the Badman Report
The deadline to sign up to the petition is Sunday 18 October 2009

Global Petition to support home educators (homeschoolers) in England

BLOGDIAL on Home Schooling

UK home education blogs
a life worth living
  • 10 October 2009

    Spider (Nozy's Nature Pictures)


    British garden spider

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    9 October 2009

    It's Alright To Cry



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