Friday, October 28, 2016

Lifestyle of Learning 2016 Edition: Volume Twenty-Three

October 16-28

Bishop has spent some time recuperating from his grand international journey and is ready to get back to something resembling a routine.  He returned to scouts in time to help do some shopping for a service project.  The church that holds the charter for Bishop's scout troop has a goal to donate 500 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.  The troop is hoping to contribute 50 or more shoeboxes to that effort.  So, off they went to do some shopping for gifts for those boxes.
And they did a great job.  The following week (no pictures included) they packed 48 boxes.  They still have a couple more weeks to get some completed.  I hope they meet their goal!
Bishop also returned to science group.  He had missed the lessons on the sun and Mercury but returned in time to make a paper model of NASA's spacecraft that studied Mercury, MESSENGER.

Maceo continued with vocal lessons, preprofessional vocal production, preprofessional acting, Teen players and Youth Performance Troupe.
The latter two groups performed at a community event in a neighboring town.

It was a beautiful day for a harvest festival and an amazing performance.

Bishop got to experience the amazing weather while camping with his fellow scouts.
It was a survival themed campout that involved them building shelters rather then using their tents.

I have no words for this :)

Although Bishop missed studying the sun and Mercury with his science group he did study Venus.
The group very specifically looked at the very thick atmosphere of Venus and its implications.  We defined atmosphere and examined some of its attributes - it takes up space and it has weight, etc.  We did some experiments/demonstrations regarding these notions.  I don't have photos of everything (shucks) because I was busy directing the activities.  We examined the idea of atmospheric pressure; which apparently requires a lot of dancing while studying as is evidenced by the photos below.

After getting a basic understanding of atmospheric pressure we compared the pressure of Earth's atmosphere (14.7 lbs psi = 1 bar) to that of Venus's atmosphere (90 bars which would be 1323 psi).
We will look at other implications of that thick atmosphere next week.

Bishop began his internship with our friend in the catering business.  They are designing and making drip cakes.  The cakes have been baked and Bishop says he has never used so much sugar at one time.  They have also concluded that Bishop's baklava will be offered to her customers for the holidays.
In addition to all of the other performance-related activities that he participated in Maceo auditioned for A Raisin in the Sun, has been working on a scene from The Glass Menagerie, has been reading plays in order to select monologues and has been studying Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.  He has also been shadowing the director of A Christmas Story.  He is constantly researching - researching improvisation and clowning schools, comedies and comedy writing, and starting his own improv troupe.
Also we have covered two more chapters of our constitutional literacy accompanied with discussion for a total of 4 hours and we have had hours upon hours of discussion on political and social issues.

Bishop logged four hours of pottery instruction.  He has been working with raku clay and will likely do another raku firing next month.

Learning something new...

Isn't he handsome?
Listening intently.

See, learning something new!

And the learning continues to this very moment.  Maceo is presently viewing a production of The Mountaintop which is a re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  "On April 3, 1968, after delivering on of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside.  When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people."  Bishop has opened his new and final (at least for right now) box from Try the World, it is from Morocco, and is presently playing Fallout.  I am updating this blog while watching Stephen King's "It" (for the first time despite being a huge King fan back in the day) and during commercials I am cleaning and preparing for a Halloween party we will be attending tomorrow.

It's a good life!

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