Music is the universal language. So when identical phrases are used in significantly different songs do the messages still ring true? Can the theme keep rhythm? Are voice and tone enharmonic? Or are the identical phrases discordant across titles? Of course, it depends on the phrase. And context matters. A lot. Justin Bieber's admonition in… Continue reading The ‘Better Man’ Show Down – Pearl Jam vs. Little Big Town
For 20 years (yes, 20!) muggles and those awaiting their Hogwarts acceptance letters have enjoyed the clever etymology of Harry Potter spell names and incantations. As a wizard of cross-curricular integration, JK Rowling created -borrowed, mashed up, tweaked - terms from muggle world languages to create an adroit yet accessible magical lexicon. (Well, 'accessible' if… Continue reading Spell-tymology: 20 Years of Magical Wordplay with Harry Potter
This cross-curricular dream come true sprang from the brilliance of James Harris -with some super-clever use of TV Tropes.org. It's a delightful, deeply clickable combo of Science-y Thinking + Story Parts + Tropes + Impact Factor See the image snippet from Harris' website (below). Check it out in all its glory here. Just come back… Continue reading The Science of Storytelling
Picture Books & Critical Thinking - I review five books for Children's Literature each month. I can't cross-publish the reviews, of course, but since I do spend a lot of time with each title, I wanted to do something more with those picture books that amuse or inspire. I wanted something readers would find quick… Continue reading A Try-fold of Big Ideas for Young Minds
I've not verified these five vignettes because even if they're not true, they certainly are Truth. Enjoy and be inspired by this 'mouths of babes' wisdom. 1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old… Continue reading Child Care – for all ages
I fell down a rabbit hole of intelligent click bait [pursuing grant info...that's intelligent, right?] and found a most amazing ensemble of cross-curricular compositions here: This mélange of sophisticated resources for elementary to college settings includes online talks (biological basis of music), digital music generation labs (coding new melodies), and interactive explorations (deconstructing song tracks). And so much more. Ten separate… Continue reading MathScienceMusic – a party for the brain
When the ball was snapped, these bugaboos faded just enough for Dad to feel like, well...Dad.