The Fourth Wall & Story Time

There’s nothing more satisfying in art and culture than breaking the fourth wall. The fourth wall, to any non-theater-nerds, is the invisible barrier that shields the characters in a performance from the gaze of the audience. When you’re watching a play, the characters in the play don’t recognize that they’re characters in a play, nor do […]

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Process Art

Story Time & Process Art Today we’re going to talk a little about this Process Art movement that’s pretty popular right now. It’s just another example of taking something parents and caregivers already do with kids regularly, but giving it a name so that we understand the fundamental importance of its intention. Process Art is the […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Feels like: When everybody said “There’s no way that would actually happen!” and then it actually happened. Song pairing: “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga The Handmaid’s Tale was a book on the summer reading list in high school that I never got to read. But looking back at the subject matter that […]

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Pizza, Please!

Story Time & Imaginative Play The fondest childhood memories of pizza I have are from Chuck-E-Cheese. The grease, the tokens, the religious fervor with which I worshipped that weird rodent mascot; it all brings back the first moment of bliss in which pizza is distilled into a child’s life. The pacifying qualities of pizza in a busy […]

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Dinosaur Day

Story Time & Paleontology Hands down, my favorite day of the year is dinosaur day. I’m like a giant kid when it comes to dinosaurs. I want to talk about paleontology, fossilization, and all the constantly updating factoids about our feathered, speckled and extinct friends, until I’m blue in the face. You know who also loves […]

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Voting Storytime

Story Time & Political Science I’d rather not dwell on the disaster that is the American political system and the appalling drag of our current electorate, so I have to channel my rage, disgust, and fear into something productive. I think that’s all any of us can actually do in the face of dangerous ignorance: […]

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