Metamorphosis: A Slice of Life Story

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I received a text from my friend Cathy a few weeks ago that not only made me chuckle, but also gave me something to think about.
I realized she was right.  I was going through the same metamorphosis.  The more I did with the Digital Maker Playground and read about Maker Spaces, (this book is a must read) the more I felt like nothing was impossible.  I was feeling empowered.  I found myself contemplating new projects that I would never have considered in the past.

Which brought me to Square Foot Gardening.  Since my backyard is a blank slate and I NEED to garden because it feeds my soul, I decided that would be my next project.  Now, in the past, I would have shown my husband the information and he would have taken off with the latest DIY project...measuring, sawing, building, while I waited patiently for his part to be done so I could do my part.  My part would consist of anything that I knew that I could do successfully.

Not this time.    I told him that I was going to help build the garden beds, mix the soil, and lay the grids. These tasks are WAY OUT of my comfort zone to say the least.

 I discovered that power tools give me a sense of accomplishment!

I'm not done thinking about this shift.  It lends itself to so many implications for teaching.  But for tonight, I am going to end on Ghandi's quote.

"A man is but a product of his thoughts.  What he thinks, he becomes."  Ghandi

This weekend, I became a builder.  Who knows what's next?


  1. I love that I stumbled on this today! I just wrote about it a couple days ago. I've been wanting to do a maker space but think I need to wait until summer.

  2. Julie,
    You know I love this! Like you, there is something about a maker mentality that changes the way I go at things I might once have avoided. I'm not sure what it all means, but I do know there is something about being willing to try new things and connect new dots. I love your raised beds. I can't wait to see them live.


  3. And now I want to understand more about this maker movement I keep hearing about. I stretched myself last month artistically and lots of friends gave me tips about continuing that stretch on our Twitter chat.

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