i met a six year old today at a kids’ craft booth i was overseeing.

long brown hair, missing teeth and blue eyes.

i watched her for 15 minutes as she meticulously drew a picture of her parents, surrounded by floating, smiling faces.

most six year olds scribble.

she was different. 

the picture of concentration as she drew the eyes to even sizes,

and used short, precise strokes to evenly color in her mother’s dress.

i was beyond impressed.

her mother was not.

she came storming back, the girl’s baby brother clutched to her chest, and demanded that she “hurry up” so they could go.

how do you tell someone with no patience that there is no rushing artistry?

the mother tried several times to get her to leave our table, unfinished drawing in tow.

and each time, the girl nodded, but stayed to pepper on a few last details.

i was rooting for her silently.

because that little girl is an artist in the making,

and it’s a harsh, cruel world for people with her talents.

i hope today is the start of good practice for her.

practice in politely disagreeing with those who try to steer her to more “valuable” pastimes.

practice in seeing the importance of her own work.

practice in tearfully saying, “i’m going.” when her parents dissuade her from an art school when she turns 18.

she left when she was ready.

she left when her marker-stained hands had finished their work and had nothing left to say.

and she waved and was gone.

good on you, kiddo.

keep that up. 

Got to give some sample lessons @thedrumlab booth at the International Kids Festival yesterday.
#thedrumlab #sacramento #sacdrumlessons #drumlessons #drums #musiceducation #visitsacramento #eastsac #eastsacramento #downtownsacramento #downtownsac #rocklin #roseville #rocklindrumlessons (at William Land Park)

Book review: Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

“You’re everything I write about in my songs, but can never have.”

Synopsis: Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.
When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.
Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

Verdict: Sadie is more mature than most girls her age. She has to be the grown up, since her mother is acting like the child. During the summer she takes over her house cleaning job at a big mansion, that turns out to be teen rock star Jax Stone’s get-away place. Sadie isn’t a fan, which is very refreshing to Jax. First they’re just friendly, but it soon becomes more. They know it’s impossible and agree to just let it be a summer romance.

I’m usually not a fan of the celebrity story lines. It’s like there’s a checklist: secret affaire, misunderstanding about romance with celeb X, secret affaire revealed, paparazzi, break-up, yet happily ever after. Breathe wasn’t any different but neither the characters nor the story annoyed me. Sadie and Jax were likable characters. They were very mature and because of complete opposite circumstances.

This is my third Abbi Glines-series after The Vincent Boys and Rosemary Beach. Oddly enough I didn’t like the first book in those series and liked (in case of TVB) or loved (in case of RB) every book after that. Breathe, the first book in the Sea Breeze-series, I instantly liked. The second book. Because of Low, will feature Marcus, Sadie’s co-worker, as a main character.

Yesterday I went to a parade with a friend and we saw a tiny dog eat a cigarette. Being ourselves, she googled nicotine poisoning in dogs on her phone as we tried to beat through the crowd to tell her, but she ran across the street and we didn’t see her again. We then went on to spend the rest of the parade discussing the well being of this dog.

This got me so worried that last night I had a dream that I met the dog’s owner and she told me her bulldog was fine.

Summer Funner 2015

My kids and their classmates had an amazing time at yesterday’s Summer Funner event, despite the rain! We were there to help keep the memories going with an end of the year photo booth. The kids hammed it in front of the camera and used many of our available props. However, for the safety of the children, we are unable to post any of the pictures from there. If you did not email the picture to…

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The way Sweets, Booth, and Brennan interact with each other in season 3 reminds me of kids in a playground.
Sweets is the 4 year old kid who’s new to the playground and doesn’t know anyone else but the cool kids, Booth and Brennan. Booth and Brennan are probably neighbors so they always go to the playground together and have adventures with their other friends but it was mostly just them. Sweets saw them playing around a lot and he wants to be part of it too. Booth and Brennan being older, they kind of bully Sweets around when he tries to talk to them. They hang out with him sometimes because they secretly think he’s cool. That’s how they meet Amy. Sweets is new so he doesn’t have many friends aside from Amy, whom he used to go on playdates with. She ended up telling her mom that she doesn’t want to play with Sweets anymore because she started to find him annoying or something. Amy and Brennan still got along because there weren’t that many girls in the playground aside from Angela and Cam. Amy eventually started going to a different playground so Sweets was left alone. He still liked hanging out with Booth and Brennan though. They started liking it more and more too. Booth and Brennan just never admit it. They never really explicitly say “let’s play together” or anything so they didn’t always hang out. Eventually, Sweets asks if he can play with them before he starts just talking to them about their adventures or something. Booth and Brennan tease him so much so he runs away crying. They’re still laughing at Sweets as he runs away but they actually feel guilt for making him cry. They start realizing that it’s pretty cool to have him around. The next time they see Sweets at the playground, they ask him to play with them. Without a fuss, he runs along with them, joining them in their adventures.

D.W. Griffith, “The Musketeers of Pig Alley” (1912)

The Musketeers of Pig Alley, ou Cœur d’appache, est un film américain de 1912 réalisé par D.W. Griffith. Il est reconnu comme le premier film de gangsters dans l’histoire. Certes, The Great Train Robbery (Le vol du grand rapide) mettait en scène des malfrats, mais il n’y était pas question comme ici d’une bande organisée de criminels.

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