Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Clear boundaries; no limits. This is a good mantra for teaching art to kids living in challenging circumstances. For kids living in shelters, subsidized housing, group homes or foster care the Des Moines Art Center […]continue reading
Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
As I reenter the US after two weeks in India, one of the first things to strike me is the comfort, the plenty. The homogeneity of the people I see. Well dressed and fed. Driving […]continue reading
Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014
Last week I sat in a meeting and listened to a group of adults talk about how much they hate the holidays. It made me a little angry. I believe we have choices about how […]continue reading
Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
I’ve worked with Des Moines kids and Des Moines Schools since 1980. Sometimes it’s hard to be optimistic when the challenges seem to multiply each year. But this article and the statistics it uses to […]continue reading
Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014
While I was in Akumal I dreamed I gave birth. Don’t worry; someone whisked the baby off before I could do any damage. But dreams of giving birth are really about transformation and creation.
Vacations are […]
Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014
Akumal is a sleepy little resort just about an hour south of Cancun, Mexico. It’s the perfect place to relax, do some yoga, go snorkeling and explore the underground–the cenotes.
I fell in love with Akumal […]
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014
“We’re happy!” declared the Burmese refugee group as they finished their Des Moines Art Center tour on May 8, 2014. This was the culminating activity of their four-week art class. According to the ELL teacher […]continue reading
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
I walked into the kitchen and had to squint. The morning sun was shining brightly through the door. It’s been a challenging winter; judging by the number of people walking and running outside yesterday, we’re […]continue reading
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Find your true nature. Then resist it. We’ve been exploring this concept in yoga lately, and often the question is why? Another is how? Here’s a story that answers both questions.
Back in 2004 (thanks Beth!) […]