since it’s been declared that there will be no more school this year in the confines of the old buildings with classrooms of questionable origin, school will be home based and real:

yon yonson
mrs. kinder’s kindergarten class
6 apr 2020
home school assignment #3 write a poem and talk about it


the once and future nurse (a riddle)

there was a nurse,
and there will be;
though sorely oppressed these days,
to save us from coming disease.

the nurse knows the war
is just nature and not ours;
ours is how we live in this
past, present and future.

the nurse is mostly unknown,
though the best doctors and scientists
study the nurse with intimate care;
and the people believe they know.

the nurse works in and out of ICU;
has and will for millenia
in every single cell.
the nurse is not immune to truth.


end of quarter semi-final exam (in essay form for home school)

i’ve been spending some good time thinking here in home school and reading The Once and Future King. Merlin is such a hero! we all think we know so much! and it’s such a gift to learn! i heard about this virus thingy back at the end of january. i don’t much follow news but happened to be checking the BBC. wow! what’s this? i said. and then i forgot it. poor Wuhan! we seem to have remembered. poor us!

i knew back in the 60s when i was in 3rd grade that we were destroying the world and our very health with it. and then we forgot it.

a friend shared a great poem with me today by Catherine M. O’Meara


And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.


it’s gone viral and the viral version that i saw is that it was written in 1869 and reemerged for the spanish flu in 1919. according to https://womenyoushouldknow.net/fact-people-stayed-home-viral-poem-kitty-omeara-2020/ this is not true. and i site the site as this is a genuine kinder garten research paper: “Nevertheless, its sentiment and message are just as profound as if it had serendipitously reemerged from more than a century ago.” and we say, “my! isn’t that something!” and keep swiping on down the stream, other sites take advantage of its virality to get eyeballs of the factcheckers who must check facts. and advertisers support those sites for those who will order online for home delivery in these troubled times. can you order sane toilet paper for home delivery?

but we should stop.

here’s the poet’s original blog post: https://the-daily-round.com/2020/03/16/in-the-time-of-pandemic/

Oprah found and interviewed Kitty. you can read all about it here:
https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a31747557/and-the-people-stayed-home-poem-kitty-omeara-interview/

we think we understand a bit about health. we think we understand a bit about ourselves. i’ve been thinking here in home school these weeks. i’ve been wrestling with my shadow. we need to wrestle with ours. i’ve been wondering about how to help. and i’ve been writing, like Kitty. and when i grow up, i hope to be as hopeful as she. i hope there’ll be a world to live on when i grow up to be like Kitty.

and the riddle? yeah, good question.

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