Bye bye Palo Alto
Okay, so there weren’t nearly as many posts on this as I had hoped. I was aiming for a breathless account of the adventures and intellectual transformation that we would undergo during our year at Stanford. Those things happened — lots more than I could have ever imagined. But it turns out that leading an interesting life also means leading a busy one. Life - 1, Blogging - 0. ...
How to get rid of your homework ( and other crap...
George penned these on his last day of school. They were for all his collected homework papers. But I think they apply to most anything in life that burdens you. 20 Ways to Get Rid of Homework By George Miller 1. Burn it. 2. Shred It. 3. Tie it to a pinyata at the “Sweet Tooth Anonymous” convention. 4. Tell the aliens that homework is plotting to destroy them. 5. Tell a jungle...
You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already...– Rumi
Oli the fearless. Wish that we could all be so.
One of the things I have most enjoyed about the Knight Fellowship is time to think. It’s incredible how our time in the real world is split into micro-chunks. Being at the Fellowship has given me blocks of time that have allowed me to stretch and think in ways that I have not done in years. Earlier this year, I got to write a birthday letter to my Mom - I spent three days, four hours a day...
George on his 11th bday races in the tech museum
*You* are the 1 percent– Two students talking overheard at Stanford Graduate Business School
Nature is the warehouse for our store of metaphors.– Mary Oliver, speaking at Stanford Creative Writing Colloquiam
I wish there were better-known sociologists.– Professor to student, Stanford Overheard.
Ever since I booked my Hawaii trip, you’ve been playing the victim.– Stanford Overheard
Simple definition: a city is a place where strangers meet– variation on Richard Sennett, The Public Realm
What if they made sidewalk chalk drawing into a...
You’d get some pretty cool drawings. Taken at Palo Alto Art Festival.
Say hello to my little friend– Boy on playground in Palo Alto with plastic bow and arrow
The boys not only survived, they thrived on their first day of school, I’m happy to report (and hence the attempted neologism in the title). They loved their teachers, met a couple of friends and have only said nice things about their new school. The effortlessness with which they have slipped into such an utterly new routine has amazed me. I only hope I do as well when I show up on...
Tomorrow is the first day of school for the Boyz. They’ll be attending El Carmelo Elementary. It’s one of the smaller elementaries in Palo Alto, built in classic California style, with wide outdoor hallways, light-filled classrooms, all with a kind of Spartan feel. It’s just a few blocks away, and we plan on riding our bikes to school every day. (Palo Alto is a bike crazy town!) ...
Example is a language anyone can read.– Sign on Highway 12, Boyes Hot Springs, CA
We got picked up in a limo! Nice welcome back to California. Obviously, the in-laws are happy.
Here’s Leslie and George playing a cool colonial game in which you fling a wooden hoop using two sticks crossed into the shape of an “X,” then flung apart to launch the hoop. Yes, corny family fun. But that’s part of what we’re hoping to concentrate on at Stanford next year. Saving journalism and all that, sure. But more than anything, creating family - less screen...
Not all who wander are lost– JRR Tolkien
Ruby Fix Ruby runs across our vast new lawn in Stanford, Chinese yo yo in hand. Maybe I think she looks cute. Maybe I dream of how great it would be to just run at break neck speed, across a broad, green lawn, toward a massive castle-like house, and just think: Hey, everything is wonderful.
Living Yoda IV- A New Day
For reasons that are not entirely clear, my Mom decided that we should drag an action figure around with us during our visit with them in Hendersonville, NC. At various sites, we’d take pictures with him — a kind of Flat Stanley exercise minus Stan. By chance, we happened to have packed a Yoda figurine to bring to Stanford next year (what else?). So here follows the Yoda series, as...
Living Yoda V - The Empire Strikes Back
Yoda Talks to His Only Friend, the 800 Year Old Horse Yoda *HATES* Churning Butter
Living Yoda VI - A New Hope
The End of a Long Day, the Sun Dial Says Yoda Winds Up His Day with A Tall, Cold One.
Best underappreciated ice cream store ever. →