February 24, 2014

DIY Shark Tagger: Steve Shirley Story Synopsis



I used a Sony RX10 to videotape and photograph a shark-tagging expedition with Steve Shirley in the SF Bay, November 2013.

The people I make videos about in the San Francisco Bay Area have an Intrinsic Lifestyle.  That's the name of my Wordpress blog, where I illustrate the:  who, what, when, where, why and how people engage in self-directed learning.  The reason I'm teaching myself how to make short documentaries is to share positive human-interest profiles.  

Did you know that the person who lives next door to you is pursuing their quirky passion, quietly and humbly?  Let me introduce you to a certain 'someone' who is terrifically motivated.  It's Steve Shirley.

Here is a 'treatment' of my next short-doc about Steve, in 'production'.  
DIY Shark Tagger:  Steve Shirley Story Synopsis
All his life, Steve hung out near water.  Living in a boat-house, he thrived on round-the-clock fishing trips.  Hunting for the ‘big monsters’ in the SF Bay landed him a 440 lb Broadnose Sevengill Shark, the largest ever caught.

But something changed.  Steve realized if he wanted sharks to fish for, he better help them.  Using his expertise and reputation as a Seven Gill Shark fisherman, Steve created a non-profit.  He conducts shark-tagging expeditions, as part of a 10-year research project in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  His hope is that his shark data will convince the CA Department of Fish and Game to protect Seven Gills and Leopard Sharks in the SF Bay.

Well, that's what my next #crew-in-one short doc profile is about.  Follow Capedutch on Twitter for more movie-making updates.

A penny for your thoughts:  what do you want to know about this story?

January 26, 2014

What have our 3 kids learned from urban beekeeping?



It's ideal for children to learn beekeeping with their parent or a mentor.

In 2009, I wrote a Honeybee Curriculum post.  I developed it because I couldn't find much on the Internet related to kids and beekeeping.  At the time, our homeschooled son, who would have been in high school, was willing and interested to learn about beekeeping.  It turned out that the information I compiled became our 'science' curriculum not only for him, but for our other two children too.  

Background 
Our two boys, four years apart, who are both in college now, helped with the hives when they were teenagers.  Our daughter began helping me at age seven, and at twelve she still helps.
Having an urban apiary is an on-going science experiment. It's a source of observation, with associated crafts like candle-making.  My interest sparked theirs.  Sure, I invited them to help me with tasks.  I asked them to put on a suit in order to see what it looks like inside the hive. I do most of the work and explain what I've done.  The project is evidence that:

Sometimes a parent's interest can spark a desire in their children to learn the same thing.  
We didn't follow any particular order in our learning about bees.  We learned what we needed when it suited us.  
But what I recently wanted to figure out was, what have we accomplished together?  Here's a list:

Reading 

  • read about the basic bee (insect) anatomy
  • studied honeybee diseases
  • learned the different roles of the bees and their use of pheromones
  • read chapters or all of Beekeeping for Dummies
It's useful for kids to learn the age-old skill of  beekeeping.  In this photo, the bees were dusted with powdered sugar by our daughter to control Varroa Mites.

Hive Activities

Activities Related to Honeybees

  • used a store-bought pheromone to attract a swarm
  • helped me with an experiment about water sources for honeybees (part one and the results in part two
  • photographed me catching a swarm, etc.
  • helped me catch a swarm
  • observed honeybees in every season
  • noted a flower's color, shape and scent that attracted honeybees
  • discovered how temperature, humidity and the ratio of water to sugar effected the honey product
  • counted the frequency of bees visiting particular plants, Echium vs. Lavender
  • learned about other pollinators including native bees, yellow jackets and birds
  • listened to talk endlessly about what I observed going on after I inspected the hives; or to the story about how I stopped my bees from swarming
  • wrote a Kafkaesque short story about bees for a Writer's Workshop
  • watched documentaries about honey bees such as:  "Bees:  Tales from the Hive," and "An Introduction to Keeping Bees"
  • cleaned propolis
Field-trips 
  • visited an apiary and learned about a beekeeping business
  • met other beekeepers (amusing and interesting people) and observed how they raise queens and keep bees
  • attended beekeeping club meetings and observed the dynamics of running a club (meetings, elections, accounting, fundraising, etc.)
  • visited me working at the bee booth at the Alameda County Fair
Honeybee by-product Activities
  • extraction methods of honey:  hand-crank, electrical machine, scraping frames, simple-drip from cheese cloth
  • wax cleaning process
  • rendering beeswax for lip balm, body butter and candles
  • honey tastings and the intricacies of the flavors of honey
  • how to bottle, label and sell honey
  • cooking with honey  
It's funny how our eldest used his knowledge to give an oral presentation about beekeeping in his Communication class; and he used the same topic for an English paper in college.
Over seven years, the way I've managed the hives has changed (another post).  The creatures are just as complex, mysterious, and interesting to me as they were when I began.
I'm often confused about what is actually going on in the hive.  I never have definitive answers, only guesses, about why my bees have vanished periodically.  I rely heavily upon my experience and my intuition about how to care for them. 
Honey bees are fascinating creatures headed by a matriarch. 
And when I've asked my sons or daughter for their help and they agreed, without prodding, I've been tickled.  Maybe they're just sweet and they've indulged me.
The main thing I've learned and I think they have too is that we can't control everything in our lives.  In particular, we can't control nature.  We've accepted the fact that we'll never fully understand honeybees, and continue to foster their care.
This post was first featured at my website:  Intrinsic Lifestyle.

December 29, 2013

Become an Urban Dutch Oven Geek

dutch oven photo: Dutch Oven PiccDutchoven.jpg
For Christmas, I acquired a few more essential items to make cooking with a Dutch oven easier.  Now that I've got all the gear, I'm sharing what you need to indulge this quirky interest.
10 things you need for Dutch oven cooking in your backyard (or for camping):
  1. a Lodge Dutch Oven, preferably one with legs
  2. a Dutch oven lid and pot holder
  3. a Dutch Oven carrying case
  4. long tongs for moving the coals
  5. heat resistant gloves
  6. charcoal briquettes
  7. charcoal chimney (and newspaper)
  8. matches (long stem a plus)
  9. free baking temperature chart for coals (*laminate it for re-use)
  10. You also need good recipes
Just about anything you make in your stove can be made in a Dutch oven.  I've prepared a variety of foods including:  lasagna, stir-fry, corn bread, steal-cut-oats and cinnamon roles.   
Once, I used it for an elaborate recipe of chicken chili verde posole (See my link for directions).  I made that meal outdoors in our lot for our Christmas dinner.  

I can't take full credit for my interest in the cast-iron cooking vessel.  A few friends introduced me to it on a homeschooling campout.  After watching them and tasting what they made, I was hooked.  Now Patricia, from Wonderfarmanother buddy and I use our Dutch ovens to carry-on the tradition of cooking dinner for over sixty homeschoolers.  
The history of the Dutch oven is interesting and I've shared what I've learned about it with our daughter. 

The one thing I haven't tried is stacking Dutch ovens.  I envision inviting a few friends who have one over to attempt cooking with them vertically.  Now that would qualify us as the ultimate urban Dutch oven geeks.

December 24, 2013

Our Reliance Upon Edibles Grows

As the edibles in our yard mature, our reliance upon veggies, fruits and meats at the grocery store has diminished, which is great because I dislike grocery shopping.

The tasks involved in keeping the plants healthy aren't too time consuming, but vigilant observation and maintenance of them is necessary. 

Once a day, usually in the morning after coffee, I go outdoors and gather greens for my Vitamix smoothie.  At that time, I quickly pick off the leaves on my kale with powdery mildew and pull weeds and give all of that to the chickens.  On weekends I jet-spray aphids, amend the soil, or add ant baits.

David and I discuss which veggies are ready to eat and what we'd like to eat with them with for dinner.  We pick the veggies regularly to avoid them bolting, a natural cycle of the plant to produce seeds and die.  



So here's what we've been eating lately:  

arugula, Russian Kale, dinosaur kale, rainbow chard, typical chard, typical cabbage, sorrel, red-leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, garlic, Portuguese cabbage, Chinese cabbage (like a red leaf bok choy), dandelion greens, tomatoes, pablano gordos and several other peppers, and Meyer's lemons.  Eggs.  Honey.

Herbs include:  yerba buena, nasturtium, parsley, thyme, sage, basil, rosemary and sage.  

Prepared foods grown over the summer that we're eating this winter are:

Roasted tomatoes.  Tomatillo sauce.  Dried oregano, parsley, figs, plums, raisins, and apricots.  Turkey.  Chicken.  Popcorn. Vegetable and bone broth.

Next up:  avocados, snow peas, oranges, and potatoes.

To be continued…

What's growing at your place?  How often do you go outside and tend your edible plants?


December 13, 2013

An Epidemic of Unwanted Chickens

People want chickens but they don't know what to do with them once they stop laying.  Listen up.  Their everyday-laying stage doesn't last!  I wanted to share a few options for what to do with them when that happens, based on my twenty-three years of experience raising poultry.

I read in The Week in a mini-column titled "Only in America" that:

"Animal shelters in many U.S. cities are reporting a surge in the number of abandoned chickens.  Tiffany Young, founder of a Seattle animal rescue group, says the problem is "hipster urban yuppie types" trying to raise poultry in their backyards--and giving up when they realize it's hard work."  There's not a sanctuary in the Northwest that is not at capacity or beyond," said Young.

In California, where I live, I know that the animal shelter near us doesn't accept chickens.  I don't think the reason why people give up on them is due to hard work.  I think it's because they stop laying eggs and they don't want them after that.  Over the years, I've received numerous emails and phone calls asking me, "Do you want my chicken?"  I find the calls very irritating.  I wish people did more research about chickens before they acquired them.  

If you want chickens, that's fine.  They really aren't a hassle, except in your garden.  My family and I raise them as chicks and keep them as adults, for as long as they are laying.  We have also been raising 'Meat' birds (a different variety) for five years.  You need an animal-proof and a weather-proof enclosure for them at night, an automatic water and food feeder, space for them to roam around and they are content creatures.

But before you go and get yourself some cute chicks, please consider what you'll want to do with the birds that stop laying. 

Here are options in no ranking order:

1.  Butcher the bird and eat it.  
I know this sounds heart-less, but if they aren't doing their job, we eat them.  Our chickens aren't our pets.  We don't even name them anymore.  At least we have a plan for dealing with them.  It's expensive to feed them organic food, which is twice the cost of the regular stuff.  I know this sounds heartless, but if they aren't doing their job, we don't keep them; we eat them.  Our chickens aren't our pets.  At least we have a plan for them.

2.  Find someone to take the bird off of your hands and kill it and eat it for you.

I can understand why people can't handle killing their poultry.  If you spend enough time with your birds and handle them often, you realize they have a personality; and it's difficult to kill any animal--even for us.  When people ask me if we want to kill and eat their chickens, I tell them no!  Egg layers don't have much meat on them; it's tough meat; and it's more work than it's worth to handle theirs.

3.  Keep the bird as a pet.

Finding someone who wants one as a pet is a great idea.  It's nice to have them around because they like to eat kitchen scraps.  Food is never wasted.  Some of the breeds are very attractive.  Watching them run is hilarious.

4.  Get someone else (who has a flock of chickens already) to take the bird as a pet.

Honestly, I don't think this works.  Chickens don't integrate well with birds they haven't grow up with.  I've taken a neighbor's birds and I'll never do it again for this reason:  the old flock generally snubs newcomers indefinitely.  The same thing happens to the new chicks we raise.  We have to keep them separate from the other birds.  Even when they're full-grown, the old-timers sneak up to the newcomers and attack them.

5.  Give the bird to a wildlife hospital or to a reptile store and let them feed the bird to their animals.

I have a friend who did this and it is a viable option.

6.  Let the chicken become prey to raccoons or owls by not putting it into a secure place at night *(not recommended).

The last option is the least ethical in my opinion.  If they don't have a safe enclosure at night, they'll eventually be discovered by raccoons and ripped open.  Waking up to their shrill screams is awful.  The pity is that the raccoons don't even eat the birds.  They basically just skin and gut them and leave them to rot.  This has happened to us a few times over the years when the raccoons have broken into their enclosure.


I hope this list helps people realize what they need to consider before they get chickens.  All of our experience has come from doing it on our own--self-directed learning, the essence my other blog kristinshermanolnes.com.
 If you can think of any other options for unwanted urban chickens, please comment.  I'm interested!:-)

November 14, 2013

Making our Urban Farm Farmy with Corn

When Mr. Green Jeans wanted to plant corn on our urban farm, I kicked up a stink.  Here's why and how it turned out.

Corn is over-planted and over-used in America--in my opinion.
It's fed to pets, cattle, pigs, and chickens, primarily to fatten them.  

Corn syrup is added to sodas, juices, ketchup, salad dressings etc., causing children and adults to have an addiction to sugar and to become obese--another opinion of mine.

If you are allergic to it, it's really hard to avoid, as it's an ingredient in many processed foods. 

Unless it is certified organic, it's GMO corn--which I avoid. 

In terms of growing it, not only is the plant a water-hog, but once ants invade it, the stalks fall over.  

Basically, I don't see a point to warrant the effort.  But I didn't tell Mr. Green Jeans all that, except I warned him about controlling the ants.   
I liked the idea of growing our own corn seeds for popcorn, because we could plant a variety that was different than anything we could buy.  Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.  

I handed him a Territorial Seeds magazine and he selected Calico seeds, an heirloom variety which produced colorful ears of corn (see top photo).

While the corn grew, so did my fondness for it.  Watering it wasn't an issue.  Being an engineery-fellow, David rigged a pipe from our laundry machine to water it, in part with our biodegradable soapy water as well as with a drip-hose.  

We wondered if the effect of too much phosphates from the detergent made the corn grow taller (nitrogen makes the green parts of a plant grow).  

We wondered if something was wrong with it.  It was late summer before the tassels appeared and fall before the corn developed.  Based upon my research, I believe it was a slow growing variety.
Eventually the corn stalks were like a team of green soldiers guarding the bay.

The culprit I mentioned above did invade once the ears of corn began to grow.  Aphids were attracted to a sticky substance on the inside of the leaves of the plant.  Ants were attracted to the residue the aphids left.  

David's vigilance kept the pests under control.  Every night after work, he jet-sprayed the stalks individually with soapy water.  When a few stalks fell over, he surrounded the crop with two ropes placed at one third intervals around the stalks.  

In all, we have been rewarded by his efforts with about six gallons of organic heirloom popcorn.  

I love popcorn and I love David.  He made the farm more farmy.  It was really fun to see plants grow so fast.  He might grow some sweet corn next year and I won't worry about it.

Related Links
GMO corn
About popcorn
How to dry it

Aside:  when we were in Mexico there were protests against Monsanto's GMO corn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 30, 2013

Trusting Your Teen to Leave Public High School via the CA CHSPE

Never in my life did my teacher loose my homework; and never did one fail to report my final semester's grade.
Incidents like that happened regularly to our son at the high school he was attending.  Fed up, he took a particular test, passed, and legally left high school as a sophomore.  Now he is enrolled in community college at seventeen.  Here's what happened.  

After having been homeschooled from preschool until eighth grade, Chet went straight into ninth grade classes in our district's public high school.  It made no difference that he'd never been in a classroom prior to that.  He got As and Bs.
 
His sister read more books in 5th grade in my book club than he did in two years of public high school. 

One of the reasons he wanted to go to high school was that he thought he was behind.  It didn't take long for him to realize the contrary; he was ahead.  He read The Catcher in the Rye, a book assigned in tenth grade English, when he was a tween in a parent-led homeschool book club.  

Although he wasn't used to taking tests at home, it wasn't hard for him to learn to:  fill in a bubble, take pop quizzes, or write responses.  His difficulty was keeping track of his paperwork and assignments, but he figured that out quickly.

Another reason we wanted to go to high school was to make more friends.  Unlike our eldest who had a group of friends homeschooling high school, there weren't enough kids around for our second son.  Being extroverted, meeting people at high school was easy for him, despite the fact that he was a minority both in race and class.  Kids were generally friendly there.
At one point, I suggested to him to take photographs of his homework as evidence that he'd done the work.  Both his English and Spanish instructors repeatedly lost them and then told him he had to redo them again.   

I have strong sentiments about the public school he attended.  Basically, I think it isn't working for about seventy percent of the student body.  I'm not saying I'm against public schools.  I've seen plenty of kids who've worked hard in them and gone on to attend college.  

Our son really enjoyed playing varsity soccer there.  He loved his AP World History class and learned a lot in it.  Establishing a blog, learning Photoshop and the Final Cut Pro movie editing software were highlights for him.  His field trip to the Pandora, the live-streaming music headquarters, to hear from the owner how he started the business, was probably his favorite learning experience in two years at his high school. 

Not all the staff was complacent and apathetic.  In fact I was in awe of how hard some of the teachers and principals worked.  I don't know how they had the energy to work at a crisis level seemingly every day.  I wondered how they managed to care when so much of the student body clearly didn't.  

The institution wasn't run efficiently.  So much money wasted!  Our son brought home $300+ text-books for Math, English, Chemistry and Biology.  When I asked him why he never read the books, he said that the teachers didn't use them.  When he was an aide in his computer class, he repaired hardware students intentionally broke, brand new Apple computers donated to the school.     


The main reason he told me that he wanted to leave was his fear that he was succumbing to the prevalent attitude of "do nothing".  
It wasn't all bad; but it was a waste of his time to sit at a desk for seven hours amidst chaos and disorganization.

Can you imagine standing in front of a classroom and giving a presentation with no one listening?

Try writing down an assignment when it's too loud to hear the teacher's directions.

Picture being assigned to a work with a group where it's the norm for the other members to do nothing, every day.

Terribly bored and frustrated:  he took the California High School Proficiency Examination, CHSPE.  Passing that test gave him the equivalency of his high school diploma.  

After two years in community college, he plans to transfer into a four-year college.  Many of the classes he will take at community college will count towards his undergraduate requirements at a four year college.    

Admittedly, we never offered the option to attend a private high school.  We couldn't afford both that and a four year college.  Honestly, we didn't want to spend anywhere from $13,000 (parochial) to $35,000 (college prep) per year for a private high school in our area.  And, we knew another way to handle their education.

His older brother took the CHSPE and attended community college and not high school.  According to him, he had some great professors (even one with a PhD from Stanford) who taught him how to write essays very well.  He had access to advanced math classes for his Civil Engineering major.  Class sizes weren't too large.  There was little disruption during lectures.  He made friends with people from China, Russia (in math classes) and Africa (in soccer).


The truth is:  having our boys attend two years at community college saves us about $112,000 at a four year college.  Arriving as juniors, they have to complete only two years to get their degree (in theory).  We are doing/offering what is financially feasible for us.  At the same time, they are in control of their education. 


I ask my readers:  did we cheat our boys out of having a high school experience?  I don't think so.  They opted out themselves.  As parents, we provided our second boy with another option and change when he needed it.
When he began, he told me he wanted to have the 'high school experience'.  And when I reminded him of that when he wanted to leave he said, "I've had it."  

We felt that staying in high school would've held him back from pursuing his interests.  Now he is in charge of his learning, with our support;-)


Related posts

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October 15, 2013

Easiest Chili Verde Ever, Relatively

A few essential components for chili:  garlic, salt and your favorite chili peppers.

Back when our family was vacationing in TepotzlanMexico, we hoped we'd improve our Spanish by speaking it while we learned how to make green chili sauce (chile verde) for our chicken enchilada dinner.  

I'm sharing two versions of the recipe I learned in central Mexico. 

A practical recipe for chili verde 

First, the practical one, which involves driving to the store and buying the foods and preparing them.  

All I was told, in Spanish, by the Mexican woman at the language school, that was needed to make green chili sauce was the following:  garlic, tomatillos, salt, lemon juice, and one jalapeno pepper.  

We used a regular blender and pureed those ingredients.

That's the easiest and fastest way to make chile verde that I know of, really.  

KASO's chili verde

It's not that I thought it tasted bad like that; it's just that I thought I could make it taste better.

The second recipe incorporates similar ingredients, but the acquisition of them is quite different.  In my version, ongoing work is involved before the recipe can even be made--because we grow the items ourselves.  But once you have the ingredients fresh out of the garden or defrosted from the freezer, it's the same simple matter of preparing them.

My chile verde is a 'Slow Food' version.  That means that it's been made with ingredients grown no farther than sixty miles away.

In our case, a few of the ingredients were grown fifty to a hundred feet away in our lot we call 'the South Forty.'

For our chicken enchiladas, we raise 'meat bird' chicks and butcher the fowl when they are full-grown.  

After a roast chicken dinner, I freeze all the bones until I'm ready to make bone-broth.  

Place all the chicken bones from one bird in a Dutch oven and fill it 2/3rds full of water.  Cover.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the bones are almost soft (about 6-48 hours).  Remove bones.  Add chopped garlic, onion and sea salt and simmer covered until those ingredients soften.  

1.  Reserve 2 cups of broth for chile verde. 

Preserve Meyer's Lemons by freezing them into ice cube shapes for flavoring recipes and drinking water.

Plant three Dwarf Meyer's Lemon trees and wait a few years for them to begin to produce fruit.  Keep the aphids, ants and scales off!  Juice the lemons.  Freeze juice in ice cube trays.  Empty into freezer bags and keep frozen to use as needed.

2.  Select three ice cubes (about 3 Tbsp) of Meyer's Lemon juice out of a bag in the freezer.

 Washed and peeled tomatillos have a sticky substance on their skin.

Buy your neighbor's lot next door to avoid a 5,000 square foot monstrosity blocking your view.  (Don't fret that you raised your mortgage and property tax.)  Buy organically composted dirt to replenish your crummy clay soil.  Plant a butt-load of tomatillos in the spring--not from seed but the more expensive 3 inch plant version.  Marvel at the plant's fruit-parachutes dangling from the stalks like little explosions.

3.  Peel sticky skins of tomatillos.  Wash.  Reserve 20 tomatillos (or enough to fill a blender).
 
Plant garlic bulbs.  Harvest and dry them.  
Braid them for easy access (optional).  
4.  Reserve 5 cloves of garlic for chili sauce.

Grow Serrano, Habanero, Poblano, and Jalapeno Peppers.  Roast them in the oven with olive oil.  Cool.  Layer by type in wax paper.  Label by type and place in freezer bags for use as needed.  


5.  Collect three peppers from your hot-pepper freezer stash.  Defrost and de-seed them.  Wash your hands!  Don't rub eyes!
Chili verde is perfect to make in a Vitamix, but a food processor or regular blender works too.

6.  Combine the following:  

KASO's Chile Verde
2 C bone broth
5 cloves of garlic
20 (or, enough to fill a blender) tomatillos
2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt (I know this breaks 60 mile rule)
2 tsp. heated cumin
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 pinch of cayenne
1-2 de-seeded hot peppers of your choosing (use an amount based on how spicy you like it)

7.  Puree the ingredients in a blender of your choosing.


8.  Simmer covered in a pot on the stove.  
(Optional:  thicken by adding 1 Tbsp. of Arrowroot to 1/2 C of water and stir until blended--then add to sauce and heat until thicker.)

Uses of Chile Verde 

I've used my sauce as a stock for pork chili verde posole soup or as an enchilada sauce.  

At the language school, we were taught to make enchiladas the following way:  we dipped corn tortillas in the green sauce; stuffed the tortillas with shredded chicken; rolled the tortillas into an oblong shape; topped the enchiladas with more chile verde; sprinkled them with Cotija cheese; and warmed the enchiladas in the oven until the meat was warm and the cheese was melted.

That sums up my two ways to make chili verde.  Their difficulty is relative.  The taste is authentic either way you make it.  The recipe from the language school obviously stuck, but why am I still babbling like a preschooler when I speak Spanish?

I'm curious, which one will you try or which one do you prefer?  Do you have your own recipe for green chili sauce?  If so, please feel free to share it.  I am very interested to learn new ways to make it.




October 1, 2013

Braid Garlic: Get Your Fall Groove On

Outside our front door, a braided rope of garlic our daughter made gets our fall groove on.

In the short doc below, our daughter's emotive 'self-ie' pictures cutaway from her instructions for braiding garlic.
video
Why do we braid garlic?
We braid it because my hubby grew at least a hundred bulbs and a garlic braid is an efficient way of drying them.  

Another reason is that it's more accessible that way.  When I'm cooking and a recipe calls for garlic, I reach up to a strand hanging above our kitchen island and snip off a bulb with my scissors.  

There is also the reason that garlic (strands) ward away vampires.  

The main reason is that garlic braids look cool and they help me get my fall groove on.

This post is also featured at my web site:
Intrinsic Lifestyle features self-directed learners in short documentaries and photo stories.  It's fascinating how people with a passion for some *thing* learn in places other than school.

September 23, 2013

Short Doc: A Portrait of Patrice, an Art Educator

Watch my short documentary about Patrice, an Art Educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, who skillfully blends art education with her family life.  Kids learn effortlessly in her classes because they are totally engaged with what they are doing and happy while they are at it.



Normally, an entire crew is utilized to make a movie, but I do all of it myself.  I'm very proud at how much technology I've learned since December 2013.   I made this digital movie on my iPhone5 and edited it in iMovie.  You may share it, but give me credit.