Victoria Day Weekend

I started work on a new painting today — “The Blind Leading The Blind” — you can get a deeper explanation and read more about it on I Need More Life if you’d like…

Yesterday Nefarious and I and Caitlin and her dad went to High Park… I think he may have been worried a bit by Nefarious’s climbing… She can do some pretty impressive stuff for a tiny person — in that picture she’s about ten feet off the ground, and got there after transferring across three or four structures which required some serious acrobatics. I definitely agree with the “freerange kids” theory… The paranoid over-protection we tend to do with kids in the Modern West leaves stunted adults with no sense of responsibility or maturity — to say nothing of it being pretty boring.

Nefarious is working on a new painting as well, a couple of feathered flying unicorn-slash-pegasus type creatures in a magical landscape… It got a bit muddied up in the painting stage because she wanted to do it without any help at all, but I think once she re-lines it, it’ll be well defined again.

Other than that, I think I’m moving my sites from Dreamhost‘s shared server space to Mediatemple‘s grid service, because even though I’ve been really happy with them on the whole, I don’t like the inability to handle spikes of traffic, and even my current sites consume a fair load (you’d be amazed how many people want to know what looks like a duck) to say nothing of future work.

Oh! Almost forgot — tonight I start reading Nefarious Alice In Wonderland, her first “real” book… Definitely looking forward to that.


  1. wintermute wrote:

    yay for freerange children!

    I live with my two brothers (11 and 13) and my mom…and whille my mom agrees with free-range children theoretically, she has to have her arm twisted to allow them to say, ride thier bikes to school.

    This is the same mom that I had..when I was there age I used to walk down the railroad tracks through a forest 3 miles to school (sometimes), and when I was 10 I used to have drag (literally) my 5 year old sister on our walks to school by ourself…now she’s gotton so protective and scared. It’s bad for the kids. So I try and cancel it out whenever I can. Good on you for allowing your kid the right to fall off the monkey bars every so often: we all did it!

    Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Permalink
  2. corrie wrote:

    my favorite book as a child ! i have my copy, a gift for my nineth birthday, on the shelf waiting to be read to sidney….maybe we’ll do that this summer

    Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  3. hawkfeather wrote:

    what a great first book to leap into with your girl.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 12:40 am | Permalink
  4. cirrin wrote:

    Kids definitely need the freedom to figure out what works and what doesn’t for themselves. I love reading about all the fun stuff you and Ari do. :)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  5. Glynis wrote:

    I’m so glad to have been brought up ‘free-range’, and not to have grown up in a city. I’m a full time nanny now for a 2 and a 3 year old boy in London, and its so, so different.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  6. Scienkoptic wrote:

    I tried letting our kids free range yesterday. My wife ended up almost killing me. *true Story*

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  7. jezebel wrote:

    I completely agree with free-range kids :)
    What kind of people do we presume to raise, if we don’t let them make their own mistakes (bumps and bruises included) along the path of life? I grew up in a moderate-sized city, then in the country. And the odd thing is, I had more freedom in the city! My mom let us run all over town – be home when the street lights come on. Move to the country, and my Dad doesn’t let me out past 6pm…

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  8. Jon P wrote:

    Alice in Wonderland! Yay! I’m having an Alice themed sleeve done so that I can read the book to my future children and show them the illustrations on Daddy’s arm :)

    Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  9. jessa wrote:

    you do take beautiful pictures of your daughter :]

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 6:52 am | Permalink
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