When I was in college 30 years ago, I volunteered at Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter for men. It was located in South End, Boston, then an area cut off from Boston proper by the orange line subway line which ran above ground. It wasn’t a safe area; I had to recruit my 6 foot 2 inch football player friend Neal to come with me.
Our job was pretty straightforward. We mixed up a pitcher of KoolAid and offered multi-vitamins to guests as they came in to sleep there for the night. I was the front person; Neal, amused by the action we’d get, kept pace by filling paper cups of KoolAid. One night as we were leaving the premises, a strung out homeless man followed us, yelling garbled expletives and closing in quickly!
We screamed “RUN!” to each other and sprinted the half mile to the subway station (and by “sprinting” I mean that I held Neal back as I am a slow runner and he chivalrously slowed down for me to catch up. He noted at our 25th college reunion that I wasn’t a very good runner back in college. I never improved much either). The weird guy opted not to chase us so it ended up being an “All’s Well That Ends Well” tale of excitement to be retold around the dining hall that night. We did end up returning to Pine Street Inn the next week and the week after that with no other incidents of excitement.
I didn’t realize how motivating a small thing like custom banners or signs can be. This past fall when my girls and I rooted for Boston College women’s soccer, we used poster board and fat Sharpie pens to quickly scrawl a sign for a player that my kids felt needed or deserved a little boost. The sign was simply their name, their number and a “Go BC!”. Nothing fancy by any means! Read more…
PickyKidPix is obsessed with hair styling which she is learning via YouTube videos, mostly through Cute Hair Styles. She’s watched all 200+ of them. I can actually recognize the videos from the audio alone!!
She gotten quite good at complex braids and have moved on to hot styling products including curling irons and flat irons. When I told her I had an offer to try out Hair Chalk, she was all over it! “YES!”, she said. And her disdain for my blogging has moved incrementally but slightly in a more favorable position.
My mom friend Suzi Wilder makes the most beautiful fused glass works of art. I buy them as presents for every wedding I am invited to. She works out of her house so I will go by when I need a gift and she will set up a display of her latest pieces on her dining room table.
A few years ago, she had a website, WilderGlassworks.com, but it’s no longer operational. It’s too bad because she does beautiful custom pieces that you could have ordered online. Here are a few examples but the photos do not do justice to her pieces!
Club Invention is a day camp for kids, boys and girls, and my 7-old-son did it for one week with two friends. They do a two-week stint in Newton, with various stops in other towns in our area, mostly in New England. This is science that you don’t get in school. What exactly is Club Invention? I had no idea from what my son told me every day after school. Even from the extensive newsletters that I received daily, I still was pretty unclear about what they did. In my mind, it had something to do with legos. Read more…
Come for a Pajama Storytime with Matilda and Maxwellat the Jamaica Plain Public Library! Dress in your pjs, eat some snacks, and hear the story of best friends Matilda and Maxwell, who have trouble falling asleep in their own beds. Meet the author, book signing, and question/answer period will follow. Read more…
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I love children's books (picture books through YA) and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language and language arts.
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