show of hands


Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs. They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us. They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.

~Charles Flowers


daniel and the starfish

little fingers

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

my mother's pearls

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”
~Carl Sandburg

it's ok to get messy!

“Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face and then reach for the stars.”
~Ben Stein

“Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion.”
~S. McCurry


thumbs up

useful creatures




Just a minute, Wilbur.
[she climbs up and wraps the fly]
Charlotte: He’ll make a perfect breakfast for me.
Wilbur: [shuddering] Ooooh. You mean you eat flies?
Charlotte: Why, certainly. I eat anything that gets caught in my web. I have to live, don’t I?
Wilbur: [nervously] Why, yes, of course. Do they taste good?
Charlotte: Delicious.
Wilbur: LECCH!
Charlotte: Course, I don’t really *eat* them, I drink their blood. I love blood.
Wilbur: [gasps] Oh, please don’t say things like that.
Charlotte: Why not? It’s true.
Wilbur: But it’s *cruel*.
Charlotte: Well, you can’t talk. You have your meals brought to you in a pail. Nobody feeds me. I live by my wits.
Wilbur: It just seems an odd sort of diet.
Charlotte: Do you realize that if I didn’t eat them, bugs would get so numerous, they’d destroy the earth? Spiders are really very useful creatures.

and the journey begins

Greetings from some starving village in Eastern Europe! 

 Oh wait…I’m in Detroit. 

Never mind.


First text from Eric as he embarks on his trip to Europe today





Andy sends greetings from Hawaii

He has climbed Diamondhead

explored some beaches

and has eaten lots of sushi

and sno-cones

and that’s all that I have learned through

a few short text messages and photos

I’m hoping that he gives us a call soon

as I’m anxious to hear more details!


while Andy is slumming it in paradise

my oldest son, Eric will be leaving for Europe on Sunday

it will be strange to have my kids on opposite sides of the world!

back home, we are getting ready to enjoy a nice, long

Memorial Day weekend

time to remember those who fought for our country


the unofficial start of summer


Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
~R. Feynman