Sunday, April 30, 2017

I keep writing in the hopes this message gets out.

We had a successful open house at the Clear Spring School despite terrible rain throughout the day. Last night the rain continued with flash flood warnings throughout Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. My wife and I live on a mountaintop, but many of our friends do not, and we could not help but worry for their safety.

The severity and duration of the storm was such that I have never experienced anything of its kind before. If global warming is a conspiracy by the Chinese, as Donald J. Trump claimed throughout his campaign, I'd say they've gotten good at it. And they're likely to get better at it while the world gets worse. We live in a forest with trees adapted to the climate in which we've live, and so serious climate change can put all in the world around us at risk.

Today we have our Wisdom of the Hands Fundraising event. You are welcome to contribute by using this link.
Checks can be sent to the Clear Spring School, PO Box 511, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

I keep writing in the hopes that my message reaches out, and that it becomes refined to an irresistible essence. Unfortunately, people have a very difficult time understanding that which they have not experienced first hand. Seeing a thing or two on YouTube is not the same as having taken materials and tools into one's own hands. In order to capture children's imaginations, they must be encouraged to do real stuff and the same applies to the adults among us. The engagement of the hands is a measure of reality, and the whole body reacts to learning when it is allowed to.

This a link to a review I wrote in 2009 of Matt Crawford's Book Shop Class as Soulcraft.

At today's fundraiser, two of my students will be teaching adults to make things from wood.

The photo above as taken by Arshia Khan for Arkansas Life Magazine.

Make, fix, create and assist others in learning likewise.

1 comment:

  1. "Unfortunately, people have a very difficult time understanding that which they have not experienced first hand."

    And there is the whole problem in a nutshell.