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Are You Creating?

Hulusi Tabs for Happy Birthday
Art from the video game Five Nights at Freddies. American graphic design.
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Chinese animation. Super hero and kung fu master, Shen Long. He arrives in Dragon World to teach dragons protection and self defines.
Betty White
Betty White and friends.

The students I teach are a range from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  The 3rd graders enjoy “torturing” me with scary video games and their personal art.  I find it important to encourage their exploration of topics Asian in their own personal interest life.  For many that includes drawing, colouring and video games.  Some of them have been bringing me drawings and pictures and I have been attempting to turn it into some sort of scroll-like art.  As of yet, I have failed to reach a finishing point.  Just like real life, art is about knowing when something is finished.  Finishing the product can be called success in my classroom.

Perhaps I should explain.  I am a teacher.  I teach Mandarin Chinese.  No, I am not Chinese.  Long story.  For those of you who love animation and all things in the Mandarin language check out this awesome Chinese animation feature film.  The name is Xi Yang Yang.  That means Happy Sheep.  Sit back, relax, grab some yummy Chinese noodles, and enjoy the show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VXo2Plcshg

My Life With the Birds

December 19, 2014

Most days I feel like I want to do everything, learn everything, and basically experience everything. What do I want to be when I grow up? Everything. And my life is probably more than half way over. Now what? Easy. Do more.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful wild bird rehabilitation enthusiast. She was certainly the best health care provider I have met. I found myself wishing she was my health care provider. A little pigeo with a broken leg brought me to her doorstep and I immediately knew I was standing in front of someone very special. She showed me a tumor she took out of another rock pigeon’s wing and I dared not wench with yuck in front of her. But she was certainly ok if I did.

It got me to thinking about my own frailities. Among the largest of my patholigies is the fear of anything medical. And with little bird friends coming to me for various reasons (orphans, broken legs and wings, and generally needing a good meal) I think it high time to look deeper. Look deeper. Now isn’t that a mouthful.

I have been practicing Transendental Meditation now. It is a strangly successful practice that seems to have opened up space in my time managemnt calendar. Still the idea of 20 minutes seemed a bit daunting. I decided a few days ago to go with 10 minutes for now. I certainly hope this is not a TM cardinal sin. Even if it is, I’m still doing it this way until something breaks and I no longer do it this way. As is the plan with most of my life. Including my “five year plan”.

For my little bird friends I have decided to knit a few adorable nests. Here is the pattern. Don’t take it too seriously and adjust however you need to.
Needle size: anything US 5 to US9
Use two strands of easy to wash yarn
CO 54 sts
Knit until you have 3 to 4 inches.
Purl one row.
Begin Decrease:
Row 1: *K7, k2tog* to end.
Row 2: *K6, k2tog* to end.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog* to end.
Row 4: *K4, k2tog* to end.
Row 5: *K3, k2tog* to end.
Thread yarn with darning needle and run through stitches.