by Victoria Safford

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of self-righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges; nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right,” but a very different, sometimes very lonely place, the place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it might be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle — and we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we are seeing, asking people what they see.

Found here: Hope Is the Place Where Joy Meets the Struggle

Math in Nature

I love math! I started working with some advanced math students last year and we incorporated some Math in Nature as part of our explorations.  Below are some links we found helpful.

General Resources

Maths Outdoors – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/c/maths-outdoors/

Hexaflexagon –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k

Honeycomb Conjecture

Honeybees Love Hexagons – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEzlsjAqADA

Hexagon Tiling – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HexagonTiling.html

Tessellation – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Tessellation.html

Honeycomb Conjecture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnbfcWHLYc

The Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GoldenRatio.html

Golden Rectangles All Around Activity – http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Geom/around.html

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci Number – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FibonacciNumber.html

Doodling in Math – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahXIMUkSXX0 Notes and References: https://vimeo.com/147799854

The magic of Fibonacci numbers –https://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_the_magic_of_fibonacci_numbers#t-363498


General Information and teaching ideas – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/maths-outdoors/outdoor-maths-fractals-in-nature/

Fractal Foundation – http://fractalfoundation.org/

Nico’s Fractal Machine- Fractal Creator where you can stop and save an image of the fractal you made


African Fractals – http://www.csdt.rpi.edu/african/African_Fractals/applications4.html


By Nature’s Design https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Design-Exploratorium-Book/dp/0811803295

The Magic of Mathematics


Of Interest

How to Draw with Math https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-to-draw-with-math/


Listening as an Act of Love – David Isay OnBeing Interview


“The soul is contained in the human voice,” says David Isay, founder of StoryCorps. He sees the StoryCorps booth — a setting where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask each other — as a sacred space. He shares his wisdom about listening as an act of love, and how eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

Why Is the World So Beautiful? – Frank Wilczek OnBeing Interview


“Today, with an exploration of beauty, the deep structure of reality, and deep truths in the human everyday, with Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek. His book A Beautiful Question is a long meditation on the question, “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” This physicist has a poetic way of seeing and naming reality — even scientific truths and observations.”

Day 14 – Hot Springs National Park

July 15, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Beginning my drive back home today and I am so grateful to Hot Springs National Park and all the wonderful people there. It was an amazing experience. I learned so much about the park and nature. I also grew a lot as an artist. I had time to devote to painting and my process. Being an AIR was an amazing experience! Thank you, thank you.