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.

In 2010, I resolve to…

| January 2, 2010

I’m not really one for making New Year’s resolutions but there are a couple of things I am hoping to improve upon this next year and I suppose today is as good as any to get started.  To begin with… I aim to improve upon my blogging skills. Perhaps you have noticed that I haven’t […]

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 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 […]


| 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 […]


| March 17, 2009

Here is another stop motion animation.  This one, with the exception of a little help making the chrysalis and the adding of a title and music was created entirely by Sarah.

Homeschooling Sees Dramatic Rise…

| March 8, 2009

In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released new estimates on the number of American families homeschooling their children. The new report shows the growing popularity of homeschooling. In view of this trend, it is important that federal and state policymakers safeguard families’ right to educate their children at home. […]


| 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 […]

New painting

| February 25, 2009

A new piece from the imagination of Sarah.

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

Lightening String Figure

| February 18, 2009

This is “Lightening” a great Navajo figure!

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.

Coke and Mentos

| December 23, 2007

Here is a picture of Sarah and her Coke and Mentos experiement.   

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 […]

In the kitchen today…

| October 3, 2007

Today we did our learning in the kitchen.  First we made play-dough, dyed it and then… well… played with it.  There are a lot of ways to make play-dough but one of my favorite recipes is: 2 cups baking soda 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup cornstarch Mix until smooth and creamy and boil until thick.  […]

Fly Tying

| October 3, 2007

Sarah and I have been busy lately tying flies.  For me it’s a cathartic activity to wile away the hours or months when I can’t fish . Sarah seems to have a real knack for it and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a real pro.  She can sit at the vise for an amazingly long […]

Sweat Pea Festival Of The Arts…

| September 28, 2007

We had the opportunity to attend the three day Sweat Pea festival of the Arts in Bozeman this summer.  I was immediately in love and just couldn’t get enough.  I have seen and performed at arts festivals all over the country and never have I witnessed anything like Sweat Pea.  It was really a great […]

Whitewater Rafting

| September 28, 2007

After camp was finished I hosted the youth group from my home church for a little Montana adventure.  Along with taking them to Yellowstone, we had the opportunity to do a little whitewater rafting on the Gallatin.  I took Sarah along which marked her first rafting experience.  She didn’t like getting splashed which really is […]

Horseback Riding

| September 28, 2007

We couldn’t spend the summer in cowboy country without a little ride on the range.  It wasn’t looking like we’d have the chance until one of our friends from the Church offered to take us out on a few of his horses just the day before we left.  It was a great close to a great summer […]

Climbing Sheep Rock

| September 28, 2007

I’ve just been going through some photos I took towards the end of the summer in Montana.  Stuff I never got around to posting and wanted to share.  The camp sat just below a large and jagged peak called Sheep Rock.  There is a way to reach the summit by hiking in from the back […]

Making a life mask…

| September 27, 2007

Tonight Sarah and I made a life mask for her.  She had a great time and once it dries we can use it to make a positive of her face in plaster and then as a mold for a mask or prosthetic make up.  It took about 30 minutes and I might add that it […]

Back home and all together…

| September 27, 2007

    I realized today that Sarah and I have been home now for a month!    It’s been a bit difficult to return to our normal life and schedule after having spent the summer in Montana.  With the exception of being separated from Emily is was a fantastic and transforming summer.  We’ve been taking it easy and just […]

The Fly Fishing Kid

| September 27, 2007

Living on the bank of one of the best trout rivers in the country this summer was really a dream come true.  While I had many great mornings and evenings feeding my passion for fly fishing without a doubt the best part was being able to share this passion with Sarah.  Watching her begin to fly fish, […]

Podcast Episode #4 – End of Summer Camp

| August 6, 2007

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Favorite Things…

| August 3, 2007

  I asked Sarah the other night while we were eating dinner what some of her favorite memories where .  “What do you mean”.  She said.  “You know… Your favorite or the best things you can remember doing in your life.”  This was her response.    “Coming to Rockhaven Camp!” “Momma in Montana for a […]


| July 16, 2007

Here are photos of some of the wildlife we’ve seen lately.         Where I fish each day, Sarah’s first trout on a fly rod and others…            

Some catching up

| July 16, 2007

I realize it’s been a while since I made a post.  I assure you it’s not for the lack of things to write about.  Sarah and I are having a great summer in Montana and if it weren’t for Mommy, the dogs and the cat… we might never leave.  Sarah has been a bit resistant […]

Podcast Episode #3 – Mouse trouble

| June 12, 2007

  Click to play         Here are some new photos.  The first is one of Sarah’s catches on our mouse trap line.  We figured since we’re in Mountain Man country a trap line would be appropriate.  The next few photos were taken on the lower Madison in Bear Trap Canyon during a spectacular […]

Podcast Episode #2 – Fishing

| June 1, 2007

 Click to play   Sarah and I fishing for about 30 minutes tonight in the Gallatin just by our cabin.  This is Sarah’s fish, which in reality is 17.5 inches.  Click the link above to hear our Episode #2 Podcast.

Montana Weather

| May 26, 2007

      Here are a few new pictures.  One taken two weeks ago at home and then the ones we took today.  It was snowing like mad this morning at around 7am and dumped about 2 inches on us but then a couple of hours later it had mostly melted.  Strange Montana weather.      

Podcast Episode #1 – Hummingbirds

| May 25, 2007

 PLAY Summer 2007 Podcast Episode #1 – Hummingbirds

Rockhaven Day 5

| May 25, 2007

Had a little break in the weather today for about two hours so we took a hike in the meadow and tried to identify the wildflowers growing there.  We managed to catalog about half of them before the rain and snow started back at it… so it was back to the cabin.  The river is […]

Rockhaven Day 2

| May 23, 2007

Made it to Rockhaven Saturday evening just at dark.  The cabin they have for the Director is basically a shed with two beds in it so after making due Saturday night we all headed into town and picked up a few things to make it a bit more user friendly.  Below is a picture of […]

Yellowstone Vacation

| May 23, 2007

We took off this past week for Bozeman, which is where Sarah and I will stay for the next three months while I serve as Director for Rockhaven Camp. We decided to combine the trip up with a little vacation to Yellowstone since Emily had never been. It was a lot of fun and even […]

Spring, means gardening…

| April 5, 2007

 I’ve been busy lately installing a drip irrigation system in the backyard.  For the last couple of years most of my attempts at growing something green have failed.  Hand watering in the desert is a losing battle.  So I’m putting in a micro drip system.  A lot of work but it will be worth it. I […]

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

Home School Video

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

For Immediate Release

| February 1, 2007

  . Sarah Thrasher writes, illustrates and publishes her first story book THE CAT AND THE FISH, now with Print-on-Demand Availability at January 31, 2007 – Sarah Thrasher draws on a personal experience with the story THE CAT AND THE FISH in conjunction with Lulu (, the world’s fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books.  THE […]

Sarah’s Art

| January 28, 2007

Tree and Flower

The world on a string…

| January 20, 2007

      I love string figures and use them in my storytelling.  String figures can be found from cultures all over the world; the Navajo, the Maori, the Arctic Inuites and many others.  There are literally 1000s of figures to be discovered and learned. Sarah has caught the string bug and knows quite a few figures herself.  I […]


| January 4, 2007

Here are a couple of recent art pieces by Sarah.  The flowers are done with colored inks on sized watercolor paper with long bristle brushes. Then textured with splatter from an old toothbrush.  The butterfly is watercolor.  We first painted cut a pattern from a piece of clipart.  Then traced the pattern onto a watercolor block.  Using watercolors textured with salt […]

Christmas Shadow Play

| December 26, 2006

This is a video of the Shadow Puppet Play Emily, Sarah and I created for Christmas at Summerlin Presbyterian Church where we attend and I am an Elder, Lay Leader and Webmaster.  Each Sunday in Advent was a different scene that represented the journey to the birth of Christ.  Sarah and I worked the puppets […]

Why I like nativities…

| December 24, 2006

I love Christmas. I pretty much love everything about Christmas. Christmas is such an undeniably magical time. No matter how hard some might try to diminish Christmas, its power to transform us into compassionate neighbors, friendly strangers and giddy children rolls on, unstoppable like a mighty river. Yes, I love Christmas. The magic of Christmas […]