• Today the school is really empty because a lot of people are at the Climate Strike (which is really exciting). My brain is not fully online this afternoon, though I’m not 100% sure why. I was saying to Xander e […]

  • This week, we officially started our Dungeons and Dragons campaign and I’m the DM! I am very, very excited about this game not only because it gives me an excuse to talk in funny voices but because I’ve never DMed […]

  • First of all, you should know that I love books, always have. Some of my first memories are being in a crib, full of books; I quickly grew to be the kind of kid who had to be told to stop reading and come eat […]

    • OMG, I love this post! One of these days I want to geek out with you about strewing, etc.! I would love to hear about what you’ve learned. I am a huge book lover, too- and have over a thousand of my own, which I have begun to organize by the LOC system. Growing up, I always loved the way the titles of books called out to me from the shelves. Many titles on my grandma’s shelves inspired much of what I have become passionate about reading today. I want to provide that opportunity to our kids, too! Someday we’ll have a dream space and a library…

  • Well, turns out three years of practice does make a difference. Earlier this week everyone in spawn was all talking at once, and the 8-year-old facilitator was completely distracted with his lego, and no one had […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Year 4 Intentions!, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 7 months ago

    Honestly, I can’t believe the summer’s over. I’m writing this on Labor Day; tomorrow, I meet up with the other ALFs to do some last-minute school prep and the day after, we start! While I’m sure it’s cliched o […]

  • note: this is part of an ongoing series that I’m writing about the meetings we have at ALC. Check back for more, and I’ll link to them here when they’re written.
    Intentions for the Meeting
    Check-in and Change-up […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, The End of Year 3, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 9 months ago

    The whole time I’ve been ALFing, there’s been something about the end of year 3. An aura, or a promise: threes are magical. When I was uncertain, blindsided by a question for the first time, moving through a sit […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Tag! Tag! Tag!, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 10 months ago

    This is a list of tag games that I like! We play a lot of tag, and these varieties keep it interesting. The descriptions under each are as close to word-for-word how I explain them to new players. [Notes in […]

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  • A couple months ago I posted about School of the Alternative – a self-directed art camp for grownups that I applied to go play at. This week, I went and came back again. I’m still processing, and there’s a post […]

  • I was working on this blog post but then we were retelling jokes and redrawing old drawings and talking about your flesh seashells aka your ears and old timey music and queerbaiting and the Titanic and who belongs […]

  • Today, I’m feeling really grateful for Gratitudes – my favorite part of our daily routine here. It’s an optional meeting, every afternoon, but I try to never miss one. It’s been an anxious few weeks for me, but I […]

  • When we see love as a combination of trust, commitment, care, respect, knowledge, and responsibility, we can work on developing these qualities or, if they are already a part of who we are, we can learn to […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, A Paradox, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 12 months ago

    The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.

    -Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • The question is, what precisely makes something what it is; and what makes it the same thing with the passage of time?

    Phenomenal consciousness is about the temporal “depth” of the pre […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Time Travel, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 12 months ago

    Since events of the future inevitably became events of the past, to engineer a new history actually was possible. One merely need to choose one’s actions carefully, and allow enough time to pass.
    -Laurie J. M […]

  • Choose how your nature shapes you. Embrace it. Find the strength in it. Or fight yourself and remain forever incomplete.

    -N.K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Joy, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 12 months ago

    Without contrasts, how does one appreciate the different forms that joy can take?
    -N.K. Jemisin, How Long ’til Black Future Month?

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Is Magic?, on the site The Melicorn 3 years, 12 months ago

    What is magic? There is the wizards’ explanation, which comes in two forms, depending on the age of the wizard. Older wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes, and t […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, An Unabridged Free Write, on the site The Melicorn 4 years ago

    Wow we’re silly today. I usually feel a rush to get started in writing time but today I feel really spacy and all over the place and you know what that’s fine that’s what we’re doing I’m not wordsing great but […]

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