Archive for December, 2013
One year ends and another begins
Our preoccupation with time never ceases
Seconds, minutes, hours captured
By timepieces across the ages
With mechanical gears, grains of sand, and fading sunlight
We calculate the moments of our lives
How long we have
To think, to feel, to dream is
An unknown fraction of eternity.
Hourglass Panta Rhei, Ybbsitz
The hourglass Panta Rhei was built during the Ferraculum 2000 at Ybbsitz [in Austria]. Work was guided and lead by Alfred Habermann.
A boy working as a “clock boy” on the streets of Merida, Mexico.
Traveller’s timepiece, made by Conrad Kanner, Nuremberg, 17th century – National Museum of Finland – DSC04261
Exhibit in the…
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The British place their fortunes for the coming year in the hands of their first guest. They believe the first visitor of each year should be male and bearing gifts. Traditional gifts are coal for the fire, a loaf for the table and a drink for the master.
For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Guests who are empty-handed or unwanted are not allowed to enter first.
In Germany people would drop molten lead into cold water and try to tell the future from the shape it made. A heart or ring shape meant a wedding, a ship a journey, and a pig plenty of food in the year ahead.
People also would leave a bit of every food eaten on New Year’s Eve on their plate until after Midnight as a way of ensuring a well-stocked larder. Carp…
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Posted in KIDS, Your favourite kids poems, tagged allaboutmanners animals aviation books breakfast cars children climate cooking dessert FAMILY food frog gaming Gillian Sims good manners health home kids lifestyle literature love manners mental-healt, Hooray, new years day on December 30, 2013| 3 Comments »
Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!
The day we start anew.
So this year I’ve decided
to become a kangaroo.
Or maybe I will learn to fly,
or how to walk through walls,
or how to turn invisible,
or surf on waterfalls.
I’ll make myself elastic
and I’ll teach myself to shrink.
I’ll turn into a liquid
and I’ll pour me down the sink.
I’ll visit other planets
and meet aliens galore.
I’ll travel to the distant past
and ride a dinosaur.
I’ve got so many wondrous plans.
I’m starting right away.
Yes, this will be the best year yet.
Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!
Franklin is my favorite turtle. 🙂
I read this book with my girls all the time. The rhythm is fantastic, so it’s especially great at bedtime.
It’s about being brave, it’s about problem solving, and it’s about family. A great combination. But mostly, kids just find it fun and entertaining. Can’t beat that. 🙂
Franklin recently celebrated his 25th anniversary. You can find him here.
Posted in New Year, tagged allaboutmanners animals aviation books breakfast cars children climate cooking dessert FAMILY food frog gaming Gillian Sims good manners health home kids lifestyle literature love manners mental-healt, New Year, resolutions on December 27, 2013| 1 Comment »
In class I’ll talk less
In studies I’ll surely progress
All my lies I’ll confess
I’ll go to play with egress
To my friends I’ll be kind
Have my character refined
To a helper of mankind
With a sound mind
I’ll follow my teacher’s advice
Regularly I’ll exercise
My mother I’ll idolize
Beyond doubt I’ll civilize
These are my resolutions
To bring in me an evolution
To follow them I’ll try my best
Until then I’ll no
It’s the day after Christmas. My house is chaos, the kids have been hyper and and we have all consumed far too much. Our stress levels at times have been off the scale and the parties feel like a distant memory already. Yet for parents like me so much about Christmas is just a reflection of real life all year round. Let me explain:
1. At Christmas time you spend a lot of time inviting people to, and attending parties.
As a special needs parent I spend much of the year inviting professionals to meetings and attending meetings and training courses. Other than parties specifically for special needs children we seldom get invited to other parties. Who wants a screaming, non verbal child with limited social skills at thier party, especially when he would think nothing of throwing all the party food all over the floor? And to get invites…
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