Tuesday, May 02, 2017

taking it to the streets...

Yesterday my first, second and third grade students were delighted to continue making caped superheros. Even the tiny piece of scrap wood cut from between the legs becomes something of use in their imaginations. I  neglected to take photos of their work, so you will have to take my word for it.

Last night, my friend Jim who with his wife hosted our Wisdom of the Hands event on Sunday, called to discuss the party at his house. He thought my message was so powerful and compelling that he wished we had a way to take it to a larger audience. I agree. At the event he asked a challenging question. "Who will take your place in the Wisdom of the Hands program when that time comes?"

I can assure you and I can assure Jim, that the hands are bigger than us all. We can narrow our minds, but we cannot narrow the role that the hands play without narrowing our minds, and suffering the consequences. If I am not successful in bringing a larger audience to the hands, others will do so and must do so because the future of humanity depends on it.

And I am not alone. My good friend Frank Wilson calls us his hand tribe. The video embedded in this blog link tells a bit of the story.

But then the question, how do we carry on? And how do we make this message heard and understood by a larger audience? We will do so. It may be up to you (in part) to figure out how.

The new ESSA wood shop is nearing its completion. So I meet today with the school's ED to begin the process of ordering tools.

Make, fix, create, and extend to others the likelihood of learning likewise.


  1. We each have a network of people, family and friends, who we can influence. We can just keep trying to get the message out there.

  2. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

  3. Your fight against the power line is a perfect example.


  4. That was an amazing thing, that we still celebrate.