I had a delightful evening with the Arlington Crossing Book Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio on 9-16. I did a presentation and made good on my promise to bring Rosie. Since Rosie was a cow, that precipitated some snickers. I brought a large cake iced with a cow face. With a little champagne, it was delicious! Margy, one of the members, brought a basket of Wisconsin products. Her husband was a Wisconsin boy and loved the book.
Federal corporal punishment ban bills have been introduced to extend fundamental rights of children not to be physically harmed in school discipline. I wrote a book about how a small group of advocates got paddling banned in Ohio in 2009. It made Ohio the 30th state to end this barbaric practice. The book gives the construct and strategies for ending its use.
See this virtual event on the Congressional Briefing for Federal Corporal Punishment Bans just introduced.
A wonderful place to create art
I am missing my classes at the Cultural Arts Center which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a wonderful place to learn about, imagine and create art. We are lucky to have a beautiful old downtown building where we can take inexpensive art classes taught by excellent instructors. I’ve always enjoyed and collected art but never took formal training in it. When I retired I decided to learn to paint so I could create my own art. My most interesting class at the Cultural Arts Center has been human figure drawing/painting which I have taken for five years. I work intensely with charcoal, acrylic, or oil for almost three hours to capture the form and spirit of a live model. My instructor and fellow students give me feedback that helps me improve my skills. At the end of the class, I am completely relaxed and so happy to have created my own special piece of art. It’s never too late to start to learn about and create art, whether it is painting, jewelry, ceramics, or sculpture.