Learning never stops

Two weeks till school starts and not a word of English sitting under my Poinciana Tree. 100° feels like 82 under the swaying Royal Poinciana, we have shade DYK *

The oldest RoyalPoinciana in Lake Worth Beach

Babysitting! Hardly, instructing non-English-speaking kids. I do not speak their language despite my being multilingual, not quite polyglot. My quirky neighborhood is diverse. I can relate as I also was 11, same age as the fraternal twins when I arrived. Eyes look back vacantly at me with zero understanding. The week before two nine-year-olds that I also did not understand, except for their giggles as we made shell necklaces.

Art Class at AnnaMaria’s

The 11 year olds are a challenge one does knot know her .ABCs. I did know mine in German, English tripped me up. Does it matter? They are heading to middle school we need basic daily words. I’m not giving up, each day, we used a dictionary* a lot of kids books with page after page of repetitive phrases.

We keep a daily log book with new words. A high liter for words we looked up in the dictionary and should be familiar with as we see it again like friends..

Four days before SHADE took on a real meaning, we sat under a tree or umbrella and the word is also in the “Giving Tree”. Finally in West Palm Beach waiting for the trolley in the scorching heat with sign language we avoid the homeless sleeping in the shade. I spot a clump of trees and I point, run and yell SHADE and we .get out of the direct noonday sun. This was a moment of enlightenment. We smiled at one another we know “SHADE.”

Even while waiting on the train learning does not stop we have a timetable, we repeat “ it’s not my fault “ from a children’s book. On the trolly our driver Vivianne offers each one of us a cold bottle of Water, we are grateful! ( if your reading this let the PB county transit people know). And in the Mandel Library our destination, we got weekend food courtesy from “Loi’s kids”.

Trolly Driver Vivianne

We spent a full day in the Kids room four of us among 50 younger kids. Heard drumming lessons through the walls, and This August they are offering Chess for the kids. What a novel idea.

The kids room. If your on the computer you got earbuds to keep.

Every moment counts even the art lessons. EYES NOSE EAR yes I can teach these as I was an instructor at the Bass Museum on South Beach and had non-English-speaking kids there as well. This day (below) the rain drove us indoors, we did a still life.

Walking through our alley I was explaining the 10 foot pick UP as we headed to the 5th Street bikeway aka “Royal Poinciana Way” and not a single Poinciana. We have the seeds we looked UP no wires, open sky. We DIG with TOOLs and planted seeds. We picked UP trash.

Over two bucket full of cans bottles, it’s our neighborhood.
Maybe in 4-5 years whoever sits on that bench will have SHADE

Then on to la Playa no one has a bathing suit, it will have to do!

EDITORS note: a ** big THANK YOU to our Mayor Betty Resch in hospital, ordered the kids Visual Dictionaries.

* Royal Poincianas when allowed to do their thing are meant to sweep the ground encompassing all who seek shelter and SHADE under the branches that speak of love

Kids being kids

Feel Good Day

With encounters at the Palm Beach Cultural Council. Event today with participants who share similar interests and overlapping goals.

Institute for Cultural Advancement attendees.

This was the last workshop of the series. We were even treated to lunch. Lots of sharing of business cards, introductions made and the all important take away was forming relationships.

Our host Dana Munson Thank You

Marketing was the topic. So much new to embrace, to keep viable. What is the Public perception of your brand? Is it time to update your mission statement? Which Social media is right for you or your organization.

Mari Ziev. Performer
Representing Boynton downtown Marcia Levine
Environmental Artist Elaine Weber, LWBeach
The presenters Founders of ART HIVE Magazine and hosts
of “Hello Creatives” podcast

Participants came from Boynton Beach, DelRay Beach, Armory Art Center and a number of independent artists, Foundation grantees, the One Ear Society of Coconut Grove. Even a realtor was embracing and looking to partner. Art Basel, Art Palm Beach were dangled. The message was relationships matter, teamwork.

So what was to end at 1:30 went past, such was the enthusiasm of of this very successful Marketing workshop. Well Done.

Editors note : left my home knowing there would be visitors that enjoy my company. So I left things of interest for my guests letting them know I would be late .

Came back to a note with a heart that’s said “I love You”
Two sets of twins, all just learning English.