Posted by on May 15, 2012 in All, MFW, Teach
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Last week’s Media Free Week was marked by firsts and accomplishments for our household. Here are some of the highlights.
  • I gave my first talk about Media Free Week in Vermont,
    Gin onstage at PechaKucha

    Thanks for the great photo, Susie Brooks!

    at PechaKucha Night at the Fleming Museum. PechaKucha (related to the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”) featured 10 presenters, who spoke about wildly diverse topics accompanied by 20 images that play for 20 seconds each. The audience was wonderful, very supportive and engaged. We had to leave early for baby bedtime, so I sadly missed the second half, but I took something from each of the presenters I did get to see, including learning the benefits of weeds to industrial spaces, and how light and shadow can be their own composition.

  • We broke soil on our community garden plot at Starr Farm (well, my husband did all the work, and we showed support and gratitude). It’s a wonderful place to be: the gardens are large and well-managed, a dog park filled with silly and talented canines is just over the fence, on the other side horses romp and graze, and it’s all around the corner from the bike path and a playground. Come summer it will be our second home.
  • Elijah did his best to take on new challenges, too. He began sitting up on his own, started the early stages of crawling (the hands-and-knees-rocking mode), and cut his first tooth. I don’t think those things are all supposed to happen at once, but he’s taking it in stride.
  • Finally, we celebrated my first Mother’s Day as a mom. I didn’t think it would feel terribly different, but it did. First thing in the morning I rode my (new!) bike up to the Causeway, where I stood for a few minutes just taking in the amazing view, and thinking about all the things that have happened in the last year. It was awe-inspiring, and filled me with gratitude.
**I’ve totally stolen the header photo concept from the more aesthetically pleasing design of the Fleming Museum’s PechaKucha Night. Thanks for the inspiration!


  1. Maureen
    May 16, 2012

    Happy first Mother’s Day! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

  2. Gin
    May 16, 2012

    Thanks, Maureen! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, too!