we spent a marvelous morning at the zoo when the California grandparents came to visit! the animals were active and visible and the day was bright but not too warm. even though we got to see the young lion cubs wrestle with their papa and the sea otters getting breakfast, we all agreed that petting and brushing the African goas was the highlight of the day!
our tired, old computer was in desperate need of more memory. it was time for us to move all of our photographs off its hard drive. amazingly, there were 8,000. oh my! we have lots of pictures here on the blog, and for many years we actively used flickr. we used google and an external hard drive to back up all the photographs.
google will “enhance” pictures for you automatically–brighten up here, add a smile there. not too offensive…even if i wouldn’t really call them enhancements! it also automatically makes some pictures “awesome.” this means it makes panoramas and grids with similar pictures. it also adds motion to sets of pictures taken close together.
which we have a lot of! many pictures trying to get a baby to look like himself, many pictures of a child working. and i have to admit, i think the jumpy little gifs that result are often pretty awesome.
Instead of beginning with a tiny idea, the sound of a letter, she began with a big and important one, that books belong to people and could belong to her.
In time she filled this big idea with smaller but still large ideas: that books have stories locked in them; that they have written words in them,
and that the stories are somehow contained in the words,
so that somehow figuring out the words is the key to unlocking and taking possession of the stories, and that these stories can be shared with, given to other people.
–John Holt in Growing Without Schooling