Guy Clark sings “Trust Your Cape.” Barnacle Geese babies heed him. & I think about risk. (A 420 character 9 liner w/ music & sketches & youTubes!)

(These Barnacle Goose goslings trusted their cape and made the leap.)

My 420:

Rappelling isn’t the right word for it,

but I do take risks

& reap the unseen opportunities that open up as a result.

Some of my key teaching strategies are ones that evolved

as I experimented with inklings (pun intended)

based on my own literacy practices

but not already codified in traditional lesson plans.

Are they in the same league as the risk taken by the goslings?

No, but often they felt like I was rappelling.


The the adults can only wait at the scree where food awaits the bouncing tumblers.

Snug winter bungalow at the nexus of those subnivean tunnels. A notebook entry and sketch.




Grandkids? Resisters? Earth-shakers? World leaders? Consider the lesson of the subnivean tunnel with all its off-ramps. A notebook entry with sketch.

Grandkids? World leaders? Parents? Earthlings of any ilk? Are you finding yourself on the lookout for out a metaphorical off-ramp, a work-around? How about a subnivian tunnel?