Quick Change Weather and Pink Fishing Rods

| May 22, 2010

Sometimes Sarah gets frustrated with fly fishing and traipsing around in fast flowing rivers with me searching for trout, and it’s true, sometimes I push too hard.  She’s always asking to use a worm.  (Oh, the horror!)  So, last weekend while we were rendezvousing with Emily in Park City Utah for a visit, we picked […]

Chicken Coop

| May 13, 2010

     We finally got around to building the coop for our chickens.  It sure beats the cage in the house… We dug the garden yesterday and plan on planting this week sometime.

A “Little” Fishing Story

| June 17, 2009

I haven’t gone fishing in a few weeks now, the rivers are all high and muddy from the spring runoff and I’ve been preparing for summer camp.  However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel as they’re beginning to come back to normal – slowly but surely and if I’m not prepared for camp […]

Hidden Folk: Fairies, Gnomes, and Sprites dwell here…

| June 1, 2009

I recently had the idea to build Fairy Houses as an activity with campers this summer.  It’s a great way to get down and dirty with nature while letting your imagination run wild and on top of that, it cost only time.   Yesterday, Sarah and I decided to get a start on this fragile Fairy […]

Keep it Simple Stupid!

| April 25, 2009

As I prepare to pack and load up my earth destroyer SUV for my summer Montana migration to run Rockhaven Camp I’m reflecting a little on some of the many reasons why I do it and have become so passionate about this ministry. First, it should go without saying that anyone who knows me knows […]

Mask Making Part 3 – Creating the Form and Mask

| April 2, 2009

My good friend Kirby joined us today from Tempe, AZ for a couple of days of mask making fun.  The next step of the process is to use our plaster positive as a base and create a clay form of what we want the final mask to look like.  Sarah decided to make an alien […]

Mask Making Part 2 – MAKING THE MOLD

| April 2, 2009

We’ve been continuing our mask making project this week and this video is of the second step of that process.  After creating the life mask we use plaster to poor a positive mold which once dry will be used to build a clay image that becomes the new mold for the mask.  Building it on […]

Mask Making Part 1 – THE LIFE MASK

| March 28, 2009

My good friend Kirby is an expert mask maker and clown in Arizona.  He was my roommate at the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Clown College in 1989.  He’s coming for a visit this week to catch up a little and show me some of his mask making techniques.  I’ve had a lot of experience […]

Another animation experiment

| March 19, 2009

This is our first attempt at incorporating a voice over track.  

Unschooling

| March 17, 2009

I came across this great list of John Holt quotes on another blog which I occasionally read.  I thought it would be good to have it here as a reference and for the benefit of some of my family.  John Holt’s books have been extremely influential to me and the way I view education as […]

Skateboarding

| March 6, 2009

I haven’t ever had the desire to take up skateboarding. My knowledge is limited to, it’s a board with wheels, people do tricks and my last name makes every teenage Skateboarder drool with envy.   That’s pretty much it.  I suppose that will soon change because Sarah has decided to take up skateboarding.  So I’ve started […]

Google Earth

| February 25, 2009

So, I was looking up some directions from my home to another location and began fooling around with Google Maps and Earth… just poking around my neighborhood and to my amazement found a shot of Sarah and me riding our bikes.  This is actually us caught on Google Earth… sort of like Bigfoot.  We can be tracked […]

All I want for Christmas…

| February 25, 2009

This past summer Sarah lost all 4 of her bottom teeth but her top teeth have been hanging on for dear life.  Today she had a dentist appointment and he suggested removing them.  So, in no time she’s back to being toothless and looking just like the folks back home.

Heart Pizza

| February 25, 2009

Sarah sees hearts everywhere.  Clouds, leaves, stones… potato chips all become hearts in her eyes.  Sunday we made pizzas.

Fly Tying Dad

| February 25, 2009

I’ve been tying alot lately hoping to fill my boxes with anything I might need through this next season.  A couple of photos Sarah took with my camera.  I think she’s got a pretty good eye.

Painting a box

| February 23, 2009

After replacing our pool pump I saved the box which it arrived in for Sarah to play with.  After a couple of days playing with it in everyway possible we decided it could be a lot more fun if we were to paint it.  So, out came the paint and in no time we had […]

The “Talking Stick” Re-post

| February 22, 2009

I made a post about our Talking Stick last year but something made me think about it further and I decided to re-post and expand on this idea in greater detail.  The idea of a “Talking Stick” is something I’ve been using in my team building facilitation for years.  I use the concept to process a […]

Pickin’ and Grinin’

| February 21, 2009

So, Sarah recieve a really nice guitar for Christmas this year and while I’m sort of a mediocre musician I have been trying to teach her how to play.  She doesn’t like to practice very much at this stage because it hurts her fingers; but I think as she gets a little better more inspiration might follow.  So, […]

String Figures by Sarah

| February 19, 2009

Mountain bike from Santa

| December 30, 2007

Santa brought Sarah a nice mountain bike so we can do some trail riding in Montana this summer.

Pet Snakes

| December 27, 2007

We’ve been raising a Sinaloan Milk-snake for two years now and a couple of weeks ago it somehow managed to escape from the terrarium.  We search the house pretty well a few time but sadly it was gone.  Sarah and I were pretty bummed since we’d watched the hatchling grow to a pretty nice sized […]

Making ginger bread cookies

| December 23, 2007

Getting ready for Christmas and into her work with some gingerbread cookies where process is more important than product.   

Help with writing practice…

| December 23, 2007

Getting a little a help with writing practice with our pet tortoise.

Squirrel Hunting

| November 6, 2007

Annie get your gun…

| November 6, 2007

There has really been only one time in my marriage that I thought I was genuinely and perhaps legitimately, ”in trouble”.  I mean, I get ridiculed on a daily basis for something but the day I bought my 2 year old daughter a rifle was a day I was definitely in the dog house.  Okay,  okay, […]

Rupunzel

| November 6, 2007

For the past couple of years Sarah has hinted around at her desire to be a Princess for Halloween.  We usually try to side track that desire and say something like… “Oh… everyone dresses as a princess… why don’t you think of something a little more interesting”.  She’ll agree and then comes up with something else far more […]

Genealogy

| November 5, 2007

Every time I get back home I get the opportunity to work on my family history and genealogy projects.  I recently had a great aunt pass away who’s library yielded some new information.  This sparked a trip to Smithfield and Shelbyville Kentucky where many of my root grew. Below is a picture of four generations on […]

The “Talking Stick”

| October 4, 2007

We recently made this “Talking Stick” and have been using it with great success in our home.  American Indian tribes used “Talking Sticks” for centuries as a tool for active and impartial listening.  The holder of the “Talking Stick” designates the person who has the right to speak and the full attention of the other […]

Omelet… Pans of Denmark

| April 5, 2007

A few months ago after another bout with my back pain and finally tipping over 200 pounds I decided it was time to make a change.  So I began the Atkins diet and I have so far lost 27 pounds.  I’ve become an expert making omelets.