Labyrinth kisses inspired moon and Venus conjunction

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Would you like to learn about seasonality in language? What is the spiral of life? How is it related to The Martin Family labyrinth tradition? (Does doing it the first time make it a tradition?) What’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? Hint: Is it possible to get trapped in a labyrinth? Doe a cheeseburger with (importantly) lettuce and tomato count toward a daily ‘salad food group’ goal? Does pistachio ice cream count in the ‘green’ arena? What was the theme for the annual family photo?

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The Martin Family 2019


dan and nazy and grandchildren outdoors

The Martin Family in 2019… thrills and travel, a new baby (realizing, of course, that all babies are new), official immigration status approval, retirement, entrepreneurship, Christening, reunions Five Grandchildren… AND, under Dan's direction, the draught ended.
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white belted advent calendar tumbles into cardboard furnace


Arrow at mesa cafe

Can Azelle open the tiny doors on The Martin Family advent calendar? More specifically, can she do it without destroying anything?) Why do we hide the ladders? How do Tiger and Arrow handle the martial art class? Hint: they got belts. What kind of craftsman would install a cardboard ‘door’ to the furnace room? (And outside door?)



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Windy snowmen drive United “Airline’s” diapers to the ocean

The SB children on the round chair Dec 2019

Would an experienced traveler ever chose to fly United ‘Airlines’? Would a friend let a friend select a United Airlines flight? Is it always possible to drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara faster than United can fly the same route? Was it possible to build a snowman in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara? Who’s furnace was not functional during the snowfall? How did Arrow misinterpret Dan’s explanation of how sewer systems work? Read More...
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Princess Wildfire has allergy to Math Lab Costume


Dan and Melika prince Nov 2019

Does Nazy want Dan to wear a Princess Costume to a birthday party? How many Princesses showed up at the party? Will the Cave Fire threaten The Martin Family household in Santa Barbara? Why is it important to know who called the fire department? And, isn’t putting out the fire even more important? Who thinks Math Lab is more fun than coloring class? What is Arrow’s favorite color? Read More...
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Reproachful Fumigated Fish Dance with Zombies at MOXI

dan and nazy prince and princess of Malaysia


Will Halloween ever end? (Or, more to the point, will Dan finish recounting Halloween stories before Thanksgiving?) Who went to see Lady Gaga? How does Dan look as he jumps, in slow motion, holding Tiger and Arrow. Note: He was happy that slow motion helped him pad the ‘hang time’. How did wind and termites create challenges for tents? Why does Dan’s Angelfish scowl at him reproachfully?
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Granville Island Marks Shannon Falls’ Costumed Termites

Dan, Nazy, Dar, Christiane and Leandra all at Shannon

Is it true that all Canadians are polite and patient? And, if so, does being patient preclude good driving manners? Or did we misunderstand an inflammatory hand gesture? Is Shannon Falls bigger than we remembered? How did Killer Whales feature in Dan’s decision to take a job in Vancouver? (And, oh how many years ago was that?) What makes Granville Island Grand? Did we see the old house, Gastown or Robson Street? How difficult was the border crossing? Read More...
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