Saturday, March 06, 2004

martha stewart's tasteful tips for sprucing up your prison cell

Does your prison cell seem drab and dull sometimes? There are so many easy
ways of making it seem fresh and alive again. For starters, why not add a pot pouri basket to give your prison cell that fresh spring smell? A vase of fresh flowers in the corner will make your cell inviting for visitors. Why not drape artwork across the cell? One easy and fun project is to color the cardboard rolls inside toilet paper and hang them up with a string across your cell. There, isn't that more festive?

Do you know the way that orange prison jumpsuits don't seem to do anything for you? Why not add orange bracelets or an orange handbag? With hardly any effort, you can make yourself the talk of the prison.

Friday, March 05, 2004

mayor's commission on literacy technology conference

the annual mayor's commission on literacy technology conference in philadelphia is usually very interesting and engaging. i wish i could attend this year on may 13.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

the arts

The arts cannot survive without the community, and the community cannot survive without the arts.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

we can have a democratic society or

"We can have a democratic society or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few. We cannot have both." Louis Brandeis (Supreme Court Justice, 1916-39.) (via alden lancaster)

Monday, March 01, 2004

teaching guitar to children

in the summer of 2003 i ran a summer program for elementary school children. we did computer stuff, field trips, outdoor activities, judo and music. here's a video clip of me teaching guitar. can you believe the 5th-grader in this video had never played guitar before? she wants to be a pediatrician. do you think she has the concentration powers to do so?

video clip in quicktime format. (15 megabytes. quicktime 6 required, a free download from apple computer)

video clip in windows media 9 format.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

a sign of a great place

“A sign of a great place is triangulation. This is the process by which some external stimulus provides a linkage between people and prompts strangers to talk to each other as if they were not.” - William Whyte