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A Musical Trip Through the Decades

Published October 15, 2017 by lynn k scott

Last night, we chose to go to Mel’s Diner for dinner.  If you’re unfamiliar with this restaurant, it’s reminiscent of a 1950s diner.  Many tables have small jukeboxes you can request songs on.  Then the songs play throughout the restaurant.  While the food is just on the average side, the atmosphere is fun.  The music played, either by patrons or the establishment, always provides good conversation topics and some memories.

I made a comment to my daughter how I received my first record player when I was 13 years old.  That I received my first record album and that’s the only one I had until I could buy more.  Her response, “what’s a record player?”   Oh!  What? Did the generation gap just come full circle?!

Break out the phone, look up, ‘record player’, and show here what I was talking about.  Then, being the homeschool mom I am, I have decided this upcoming week, we will have a musical trip through the decades.  That was after a Beatles’ song came on and she made a face and said there were better boy bands available.  Had to break it to my preteen that the Beatles were THE boy band, of that time.  She seems to forget her boy band, One Direction, wouldn’t be the teen idols they are today, without the Beatles paving the way for them.

Starting Monday, we will visit the 1950s.  Talk about the artists of that era.  Discuss issues going on during that time.  I get to “visit” Elvis again.  Ok, so I might have been born in the wrong generation.  Then we will move onto the 60s, 70s, 80s and finally the 90s; by week end.

It should be a fun way to incorporate some modern history via music.  After all, music plays such a huge role in marking important milestones in our lives and in making memories:  childhood memories, songs your parents liked (and you laughed at), first song danced to, wedding songs, songs your kids would stop crying to, break-up songs, etc.

I completely expect eye-rolling and “are we done yet” responses.  I do hope my lil miss can take away something as we dance our way through the ages.

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Revisiting the Crocker Museum

Published March 5, 2017 by lynn k scott

I first brought you the Crocker Museum a couple years ago when I had to go to a museum for a class project.  I decided to return yesterday to see what was new.  The Crocker Museum is located in Sacramento, CA.  We did discover that on the first weekend of every month, if you are a Bank of America member, showing your card will get you a free entry!

My daughter wanted to start at the third floor and work her way down.  The pictures I took aren’t in any specific order and I can’t really tell you what floors they are on.  My favorite piece was still on the third floor and it made me smile to see her there.

I discovered, “Nydia, the blind flower girl of Pompeii” right where I had first met her several years ago.  She stands in the middle of two wooden staircases that lead from the second to the third floor.  She is listening for her escort that she had been separated from.20170304_145637.jpg

I am not sure what about this particular marble statue that draws my attention.  I have been fascinated with Pompeii since I first learned of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in junior high school.

The museum reminds me of several buildings stitched together to create one enormous building.  You enter in a very modern building, work your way to the second floor, where modern meets dark, oiled,  hardwood that houses of yesteryear were comprised of.  In this section of the museum, you will find an amazing collection of porcelain pieces.  It fits the room.  One can imagine themselves in fancy clothing attending a prestigious event in this wing of the museum.

Continuing on, you will find my favorite pieces; those on Asian culture.  There is just so much to see and hard to capture it all.

Another “old friend” I was happy to see again was the Suit of Armor.  It is just so impressive to look at.  I love the ability to step back in time and visit places, through their sculptures and art work.  I guess this is why I was once a history major.

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There is also a whimsical side to some of the pieces.  My daughter is standing next to a piece called, “Turquoise Curves” (featured pic).  She was immediately drawn to it, so naturally, I had to make it a photo opp!

There was a HUGE multicolored teardrop, a ceramic VW bug and an unexplained pile of dish rags/towel in an enclosed case.

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On the second floor, just above the entrance, you can journey to Africa.  From ceremonial masks, to weapons, to tools, to instruments to various carvings to spirit pieces, it’s truly a wonder to behold.

All in all, we had a fun time.  I would have liked to have spent a bit more time there, yet when there is an 11-year old leading the tour, you tend to move a bit faster.  I will admit, I followed her into a room, where I found her sitting and just looking at the paintings in front of her.  It just melted my heart.  I want her to be moved, to be inspired, to see renditions of people and places through someone else’s eyes.

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Homeschooling Moment

Published January 14, 2016 by lynn k scott

This “memory” popped up on my Facebook page and I laughed just like I did when this first happened.  Kids…lol

Homeschooling moment:

Finished history unit on George Washington becoming the first President. Unit questions in the back. As usual, my daughter keeps it interesting.

Me: Where does the current President live?

Lil Miss: *omitting the word “current”* She responds, “the grave”. (Thinking about GW)

Me: ummm….true….smh

Introducing Karma

Published September 25, 2015 by lynn k scott

The lil miss was very engaged in last night’s history lesson. We were discussing the Spanish and French explorers.

We read about De Soto, who was wealthy, but wanted more riches. He had planned on conquering the Indians, even though he knew they had killed Ponce de Leon.  The book went on to say some of his men died because of fights with the Indians and others because they became ill.  Basically, he was responsible for those deaths because of his greed.

The outcome of De Soto’s exploration, was he never found gold (false stories) but he did happen upon the Mississippi River and is credited with that discovery.

The book said how he eventually became sick with fever and died. My precious daughter said, “that’s what he gets for being greedy”.  I responded, “that’s what’s known as Karma”.

I never considered that at her age. I just learned the name, discovery, date and moved on. History is going to be fun with her.

O’ Say Can You See?

Published June 5, 2015 by lynn k scott

Today marks one week until my sister’s third angel-versary of losing her breast cancer battle.  One thing, of many, that I will always remind me of my sister, is her love of the United States of America.

After listening to Madison Rising’s version of the “Star Spangled Banner”, another video about the our National Anthem started playing.  I continued to listen to it because I liked the way it was presented.  I liked it so much, I will incorporate it into my daughter’s history lesson next year.

While I realize there are few inaccuracies in this story, it gives the general idea of how the song came to be.  It symbolized an important time in American history.  Strangely, it provided comfort.  It reminded me of Kathi and her patriotic spirit.

The video is just under 12 minutes long.  Enjoy the story and our history. Remember, the next time you hear our National Anthem, please stop what you are doing, remove your hat, stand, place your hand over your heart and remain silent until the song is completed.

I for one, am proud to be an American.

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