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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Holiday Concert — December 5, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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I would be an untruth if I said she does this by choice or with grace. From these pictures and from what we could see she seems to enjoy it and was quite ebullient after it (though that could have been just a sense of relief and adrenaline). But, it was a struggle, quite a struggle, to get her to perform at this concert. I took grief from her nearly everyday. Claimed she hated it. Well, I got her to it and that was an achievement. Now, as she has already pointed out a number of times, we all get a break from band till next year. And trust me, I could do with that. Did I say it had been a struggle. This homeschooling lark is no easy — or at least not for I.

But, it was good. Always a joy to see the kids perform and all the relatives there to see them.

Happy Holidays. It is in full swing around here.


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Canyon de Chelly: The Legend Of The Upside Down ‘Kokopelli’.

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Bigger picture of where the upside down Kokopelli is located.


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Canyon de Chelly’s upside down Kokopelli is a ‘pictograph‘ (i.e., painted as opposed to carved) within the valley, fairly close to the entrance to the Canyon. You can’t see it from any of the overlooks. You have to go into the Canyon, with an authorized Navajo guide, on horseback, by ‘jeep‘ or by foot. We did both, on consecutive days. Hence, the two pictures at top (with two different cameras). As such we also got to hear about the legend, from two separate Navajo guides, 24-hours apart. And we did 3-years ago. So, I have heard the legend multiple times.

This Kokopelli is pretty close to the entrance, way before you get to the First Ruin — or even the area below the first South Rim overlook, i.e., Tunnel Overlook.

The Kokopelli, indubitably, is a fertility spirit — with the fertility also extending to farming. This agricultural aspect is important in Canyon de Chelly since they try and farm in the Canyon as much as they. They could NOT in 2018 because, atypically, they did NOT get any snow and as such there was no snow melt in the Spring.

The Canyon de Chelly Navajo think of Kokopelli as a ‘womanizer‘ who seduces women with his flue — that being the connection with fertility.

That he is famously depicted upside down is said to do with his ‘womanizing’. I can relate to that. {Smile}

His hunchback is also said to relate to his ‘womanizing’! It is said to carry his extra ‘seed’. So, the ancient Navajo had much to learn about human anatomy.

Per some Canyon de Chelly Navajo folks would hear Kokopelli’s flute, in the Canyon, in early Spring. That was a good omen and they knew that the coming years would be good.

Now you start getting divergence in the legend.

One Navajo guide was adamant that his grandmother, who grew-up and lived on the Canyon floor, told me about 10-years ago, that ‘they’ stopped hearing the flute about ’40-years’ ago. “they’ think that that is not good. You could understand why.

Other Navajos disagree. They claim that Kokopelli is still around and all is good. Hhhhmmm!


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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Spring Band Concert — May 17, 2018.

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Though she is now being homeschooled she wanted to continue playing flute with the ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) band. That is one of the neat things about homeschooling in New Hampshire. You can still freely participate in à la carte activities and even go to different classes of one’s choice. ‘Band’ was the only thing she wanted to do — and today was her Spring concert, at ‘Prospect Mountain High School‘. She had one. It was a good band concert.

This was her practicing for the concert, in the afternoon, on her trampoline.


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Another Custom ‘American Girl Doll’ Bed By Teischan (11).

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From discarded shelf unit she found at our local Swap Shop yesterday. She did the painting, decorations and made the mattress! She is now going to make some blankets. I suggested she also make some linen to put in the drawer units. Did all of this, including the sewing of the mattress, on her own. She has two (2) electric sewing machines of her own and also uses her mother’s fancy Japanese one. She is only one who does much sewing around the house these days.


A previous bed she made in July last year.


The ‘American Girl Doll‘ corner of her room
— mainly with things she has made.



Teischan likes doing crafts and is good at it. Next to her electronics, crafting is her next greatest pastime.

She particularly enjoys making elaborate stuff for her two ‘American Girl Dolls‘. Check out: bathroom/shower, furniture, fireplace, Christmas, Harry Potter books etc.. She has been doing this for two years.

Today, it was this bed. She only picked it up yesterday. It is quite heavy and I have helped her a few times carrying it around. The dolls have quite few beds now, including a bunk bed.

I am very happy that she does this stuff. She could make a career out of it.


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‘Harry Potter’ Books For ‘American Girl Doll’ By Teischan (10).

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As posted here Teischan, who loves doing crafts, particularly enjoys making customized stuff for her two ‘American Girl Dolls‘. Check out: bathroom/shower, furniture, fireplace, Christmas). She has been doing this for two years.

She likes to make sure that her ‘Girl Dolls’ do the same things as she does. So one of the presents she wants for Christmas is an ‘American Girl Doll’ FLUTE — and, per scale, this tiny flute costs as much as real one!

Teischan has also caught the ‘Harry Potter‘ bug. She is on her fourth book.

Today she decided she was going to make ‘Harry Potter’ books for the dolls! You can see the covers. I suggested she make the insides from styrofoam. She is not sure. She wants to try and do it out of paper. Knowing her I would not be surprised if she cuts 400 tiny pages and then tries to bind them!

I will keep you posted.

I am SURE she has violated J.K. Rowling’s copyright, BUT as fellow British authors (though of VASTLY different statures) I am SURE she will not mind and maybe even be amused. Now, I am sure ‘American Girl Doll’ will cotton on and start selling books at $30 a copy. {SMILE}


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“Mother Earth’s Creations” Pow Wow, July 3, 2016 — Wow, Wow, WOW!

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This was my 2nd Pow Wow in 6 weeks — the other having been the “Honoring Of The Elders” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow In Tamworth, NH on May 21, 2016.

It was GOOD. Very good. Loved it. Different, way different to the one in Tamworth. For a start it was much bigger, much larger attendance, more dancers and it was a custom-built venue for Inter-Tribal Pow Wows. The atmosphere and ambience was just magical. Beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and hence shady and cool thought it was a v. hot (mid-80s) day. As with Tamworth there was this amazing, palpable sense of dignity and serenity. Though there were at least 150 people about it was not loud. We got there around 2:30pm. The drummers were having a well-earned lunch break. So the only music was flutes and that was very soothing. The drums, when they started, were impressive. As was the signing.

I took a LOT of pictures. Haven’t had time to sort them all out. Just published these 18 to get us started. I can’t claim that these were my best shots. I just pulled out 18 in a hurry. I will work on publishing more.

Appears that they have more Pow Wows in August and September. I am going to try and attend at least one of these.

P.S., Entrance is by donation. That was neat since we only planned to spend 2 – 3 hours.

I thoroughly recommend this place and the Pow Wows. Enjoy.


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Teischan’s Nuvo Pink Plastic Student Flute.

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I know this is a familiar (and often stressful) fall ritual for so many parents — getting a musical instrument for band.

This year, Teischan having given up on piano after 2 years (and after we got one), decided she wants to try the flute. That pleases me because I really would like a daughter who can play a musical instrument — and I really don’t care what, though a violin, a flute or guitar does have appeal. While I am all in favor of leasing cars/vans/trucks renting musical instruments does not make sense to me. I would rather just buy one.

Well we lucked out, or thought we did so, on a flute. A friend (a good one at that) gave us a Bundy that their daughters had used. That is Teischan, this weekend, at the Laconia Multicultural Day, with the Bundy, at the top. The ‘neck’ needed to be fixed and the amazing music teacher that we have got that done for us for $10! So we thought we were all set. Well …

Appears that the Bundy is ‘OK’ but the seals are ‘going’ and that makes it hard for a beginner, such as Teischan, to come to terms with it. Appears that replacing the seals is not cheap.

So I had a chat with the music teacher. He suggested that I get another used flute from ‘Manchester Music Mill‘. So I called them up. They had a Bundy, from the 1980s, in good condition, that they were willing to sell for $200 — in a ‘better’ case from another flute! Hhhhmmm.

I, of course, checked Amazon. You can get new flutes, some of them pretty impressive looking, for $90 or under. BUT, I knew that their quality would NOT make the grade. Plus I assiduously read the reviews — I always do (or try to).

Then I stumbled upon the Nuvo plastic flute — in Pink. Bingo. Anything in pink is special to Tesichan and the color alone will make her more inclined to ‘like it’.

I read the description and review. They said the sound was fine and that it played well. They said it was LIGHT and that encouraged kids to practice on it for longer. So the notion was a new, new technology flute, with new seals, for about the price for a used one from 1980.

So over the weekend I had a number of e-mail exchanges with Teischan’s music teacher. He is young, talented and open to new ideas. I was sure he would say ‘Noway. Will not conform to our standard’. But, no. He checked it out and like me was intrigued. He had had good luck with other plastic instruments and was now willing to check this out — given that I was game in terms of buying one.

Well it arrived today — via FedEx. Two other items I ordered, from Amazon, on the same order came via UPS 40 minutes earlier. Teischan was bummed. She thought she was not getting the flute today.

She loves it. Noticed at once that it was light. Also the spare parts that came with it. They encourage you to wash it and get it wet. They even say it is OK to use it while taking a shower. Well …

We will see. I will keep you posted. So far so good and it is PINK — and that alone makes a huge difference to Teischan.


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