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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Fireworks

On the way home from work, I found the little town of Jonesborough swelled beyond it's borders with people! Cars lined the Hwy., folks carried chairs and children towards the main streets, making it difficult to drive home. It was nearing 10pm, so I assumed that either a night-time parade or some fireworks were coming our way.
It was the latter. We all gathered on the back deck, watching the showering, sparkling, booming lights while fireflies danced in the yard, providing their own display of light. I felt so privileged to have a good seat without fighting crowds or looking for a parking space!

Later, I watched part of VH1's "Storyteller" series, with Pearl Jam as the featured band. All of it was great of course, but there was a remake song they did, the original was titled "Here's to the state of Mississippi" but they slammed the current administration instead of MS and said things like "George W, go find your own country to be part of". It was a fabulous remake (original was by Phil Ochs in the 60's).
I loved hearing some of the stories and feelings behind their music. Pearl Jam is one of the all-time great bands that has been true to themselves and their own way of doing things. Free spirits in an industry of soul-selling, slick packaging and prescribed formats. If anyone knows where to find the Pearl Jam lyrics, drop me a line!

As I was searching for the lyrics to their remake, I stumbled across a blog by a scientist whose political views were refreshing to read. Check out "The Questionable Authority"

Another item of interest that I came across this week, is a short film about art and inhibitions. "Winter of the Dance" provokes a lot of self-questioning (just how free am *I* with self-expression? How much does society train inhibitions into us?) Thanks to Amy at Imagination Tribe for sharing that link!

This quote can be found at the film link:
"We are fools whether we dance or not...so we might as well dance."

~Japanese proverb

Sierra and Jalen have been working on a hole in the backyard. Providing the tools a child needs (in this case a sturdy, small shovel) opens many avenues of expression and learning. Not only do we need to be aware of the tools our children need, but the tools that we ourselves need in order to open the doors of passion and interest.
Maybe it's just a shovel, maybe some paint or glue, beehives or a pen. Whatever it is you need to tap that vein of creativity, get it! For the dancers in the film, warm clothes and a street corner were the tools. For others, a seed or a plant or a piece of paper will do. Once upon a time, the gifts of nature provided me the tools I needed for art at the beach. The tools are there if eyes will see.

5 Comments:

Blogger Vicki said...

Check out http://collect.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bandprofile.songLyrics&friendid=53308639&songid=7774155
It's called World Wide Suicide, and it may be the song you're talking about. They never mention W but it is about the ill effects of war.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Ren said...

Nope, not that one.:)
It's a remake of the song I listed "Here's to the state of MS", where he just changes some of the words. Instead of "Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of",
he says "George W find yourself another country to be part of"

It was GREAT!!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Elissa Jill said...

AHA!! I found it.
Here's a link to the group that wrote it:
http://www.patriotsactout.com/studio

HERE’S TO THE STATE OF GEORGE W.

A democracy distorted by corrupt corporate ties

Free and fair elections stolen by a campaign of lies

Are our laws and constitution futile in your eyes?

HERE’S TO THE LAND YOU’RE TEARIN’ AT THE HEART OF GEORGE BUSH FIND YOURSELF ANOTHER COUNTRY TO BE PART OF…

HERE’S TO THE VALUES OF GEORGE W.

You self-righteous right wing cowboys
tryin’ to take away my voice

Who I love and marry, its my freedom, its my choice

If you’d just move back to Texas bet the whole world would rejoice

HERE’S TO THE LAND YOU’RE TEARIN’ AT THE HEART OF GEORGE BUSH FIND YOURSELF ANOTHER COUNTRY TO BE PART OF…

HERE’S TO THE WARS OF GEORGE W.

They’re spillin’ blood for oil
while you sit at home and pray

And the hatred for our country grows deeper by the day
How many coffins will it take..we can’t go on this way

HERE’S TO THE LAND YOU’RE TEARIN’ AT THE HEART OF GEORGE BUSH FIND YOURSELF ANOTHER COUNTRY TO BE PART OF…

10:51 AM  
Blogger diana said...

I'm a dancin' fool!!! My new mantra-- ::just keep dancin' just keep dancin' just keep dancin'::
:)
"War begins with Dubya" ~ bumpersticker seen on a car in Bemidji which was originally from Texas...

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was trying to find the pearl jam story tellers version online. any of you guys know where to find it? THe version you guys listed is...well...not as good.

12:58 PM  

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