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Residency at Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

This week I’ll be finishing up a semester-long residency at the Watsonville Charter School of the Arts, teaching string games and storytelling to the entire elementary school, ten classes: two classes each at every grade from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. I was able to do only a few brief lessons with the middle school classes.… Read more Residency at Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

National Storytelling Summit Workshop, presented July 27 in Fremont, CA

I was honored to present a workshop “String Stories for Brain Health and World Peace” at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 27, in Fremont, CA, USA, as part of the National Storytelling Summit. The workshop was very well received – one of the most interactive of the Summit, several folks said. Hope to post some… Read more National Storytelling Summit Workshop, presented July 27 in Fremont, CA

Life saving string story: Aymara weavers plug holes in hearts

From AJ+, videos from Al Jazeera I love this story, such the perfect illustration of what I call tradigital stories, where there is an intervention of binary-code empowered contemporary technology, fused with and inextricable linked with a traditional technological art. It’s like the story of the pilots crash-landing or parachuting into New Guinea, during World… Read more Life saving string story: Aymara weavers plug holes in hearts

Saving the Sloughs with Geotagged Burlap Coffee Bags

Friday I had an adventure with a chemical spray applicator in our protected wetland Slough. Here’s a couple of shot of egrets feeding today, and there were egrets closer than this to him as he was starting to spray:

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The idea that anyone could think to use chemicals near an active waterway like this, with exquisite wildlife like this rearing their young nearby, was so outrageous I could not imagine what he thought he was doing. Turns out that Wetlands Watch [!] has an agreement with the City authorities to do a long-term native plant restoration, and this was supposedly because there was no other way to eliminate the invasive blackberry vines.

My protective instincts surged up, and I spent an hour on the phone with the Project Director and the Deputy Director of Public Works for the City, and got the project suspended for now. I have many ideas for alternative blackberry elimination strategies, and I’m going to submit one of them as a Make for the final week of the #CLMOOC, since it blends so well with the themes of Connected Learning and Making and Doing.

More soon….