A poster for International Dot Day

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Today when I visited Sprite’s Site before writing my post for #30PostsHathSept I found Sprite and Tweetelle very busy creating a Poster for International Dot Day http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/
“Your post about a post for today could be about a Poster” Sprite said.
She reminded me of the times she had participated in International Dot Day in the past.

In 2010
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/

In 2014

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/donkeys-live-a-long-time-5-intermission/

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In 2013 it was wheels rather than dots

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/wheels-within-wheels/

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Donkeys live a long time 5: Intermission

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I returned to Sprite’s Site after a short time away in which I had been busy with updating the pages on my personal website
Creating Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/creatingchallenge.htm

52 Illustrations Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/52illustrations.htm

My Sky 365 Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/mysky.htm

I found that Sprite and company had been busy also. They were temporarily distracted from their concerns about George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
They were preparing for World Art Drop Day on 2 September 2014.
http://mrjakeparker.com/art-drop-day
I told them that I am planning to participate in World Art Drop Day too and was considering where to leave a picture for someone to find and how I could give a clue about the location via Facebook or Twitter.

They were also creating art which featured dots for International Dot Day on 15 September 2014 http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/
Sprite reminded me that she had enjoyed Dot Day in the past https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/  and that Intellectual Dabrowski had insisted that she should put the date on the calendar the Memory Elephant gave her so that she would not miss the event. https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/keeping-calendars/
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But, if I thought that Sprite had forgotten about the Animal Farm discussions, I was wrong!
“We haven’t finished talking about Animal Farm yet!” she said.

“No and we have not re- evaluated your learning plan either” I said “Last time we talked about it was at The Meeting https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-meeting/

“But I have already been tested and have an education plan” said Sprite “Why do I need any more?”

“Well” I said. “Situations change. It is just the same as being remeasured when you are fitted for new shoes. It is like going to the doctor regularly for a check up if you have high blood pressure and have been given a prescription – you need to check that the medication is still working and nothing has changed.”

“Do you have high blood pressure?” asked Sprite. “Does that mean you are going to die?”

“I’m fine” I said “I am not planning on dying any time soon but everybody will die sometime”
“Will I die when you die?” Sprite asked.

I have had conversations about death and life after death with many people.
I have talked about death with a two year old when her grandpa died and we found an empty spider skin. I have talked about heaven with a three year old and infinity with a five year old.

But I had never contemplated having a discussion about the likelihood or otherwise of a fictional character living after the author’s death with said fictional character.
“I don’t know!” I said.

Wheels within wheels

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As I could have predicted all the characters at Sprite’s Site blog had opinions about what the wheels I used to illustrate my plans for 2013 meant and what they would mean for them personally.

Sprite thought they were very pretty and showed them to the others.

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Tweet and Retweet recognized the wheels as Le Nid Insta D.I.Y. flat pack nest materials for renovating their nest and called in their friends and neighbours to help them with the assembly.
“In MY day…” said Great Aunt Hashtag disapprovingly “we didn’t have all this new-fangled stuff. We gathered our own materials and built it all ourselves.”

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The Memory Elephant said that wheels were very helpful memory devices and brought out collections of pictures created in Shape Collage http://www.shapecollage.com/   – one was a collection of pictures of Gifted Resources and the other was pictures of Rosebud beach.

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The Memory Elephant pointed out a particular photo of one of the strange jelly like tubes that I found on Rosebud beach and reminded me to search Google images and try to identify it.

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I put ‘jelly tube fish egg sac’ in a Google picture search and found one picture which was a match. It led to a blog entry at http://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/squishy-things-on-the-beach/

The Memory Elephant also said that the wheels provided a reminder to add these dates to the calendar and brought out memories of the way Sprite’s Site had celebrated them in the past
Pi Day 14 March https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/pi-day/

International Dot Day 15 September http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/  and
Sprite’s Site celebration https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/

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Columbus Cheetah said wheels were great for illustrating acceleration – a subject dear to his heart and Caramel Cat said knitting wool ball wheels were good to bat around the room

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The Dabrowski Dogs also approved of the wheels.
Intellectual was a veritable font of fun facts about the attributes of a circle.
Sensual talked about colour wheels and how different colours affected him. He insisted all the colours had their own smell and texture.
Emotional described the feelings and emotions generated for her by the colours on the colour wheels –happy yellow, active red, sad blue, relaxed green.
Psycho Motor yelped “Frisbee!” and bounced off in pursuit of a red wheel.
Imaginational mentally chose two wheels and joined them together with a lemniscate and sat contemplating them contentedly. After quite a lengthy period of contemplation Imaginational said “I wonder whether the Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree could wear a wheel and become a Topiary Wheel Tree and whether the Tree Octopus would still visit it if it did.”

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Here are some of the other opinions of the wheels I heard expressed by the characters at Sprite’s Site

Ginger Pony: “I hope you don’t expect me to jump through hoops!”

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Oliver Moremouse: “Yum, cheese wheel!”

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Arachnid:  “New website templates!”

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The Origami Secretary Bird: “Life Balance wheel – Sprite needs one of those!

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International Dot Day 15 September 2010

“That was the best Introducing Yourself exercise ever!” Sprite told me.
“We had to make a picture describing ourselves with dots for International Dot Day http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Dot-Day/141533819216932?v=info#info_edit_sections

It is all based on a book The Dot about a girl called Vashti who didn’t think she was creative until she drew one dot. The message is just make a mark and see where it takes you.
You can read about it here http://www.fablevision.com/education/products/dot_book.html
You can see some of the work done last year at http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog/?cat=57

“So, tell me about your dot picture” I said.

“Well, I asked Imaginational Dabrowski to help me think of all the things I do which are dot shaped. So I put in the Shape Collages of pictures of me and pictures of my holiday. I put in the life balance wheel and that made me think about time and infinity. Infinity reminded of space and Mandelbrot sets and Mobius strips and that reminded me of Mobius bagels.”

“I can see that you have also put in a tessellation dot, a water drop dot and balloons and one of your protest march banners” I said “But why is there a kangaroo in the picture?”

“That is the kangaroo from the Australian children’s book Dot and the Kangaroo. She came looking for Dot”