Reading/ Want to Read / Read : Family Field Trip


So, part of why I closed Amelia the shop and moved to just Amelia as a website and blog is because I spent the last year and a half working on my new book, Family Field Trip. It's finally almost here! It will ship April 7th, and you can buy it here on the site or at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or through your local book shops found on Indie Bound

From my publisher, "With more than 40 family-friendly cultural activities and adventures, Family Field Trip makes it easy to incorporate moments of learning and exploration into life with kids.

In this engaging guide, parents and caretakers will find simple-to-follow ideas and tips for cultural experiences the whole family can enjoy, whether they are at home, exploring the neighborhood, or taking a vacation.

Drawing on a range of popular experiential educational techniques—including Montessori, World Schooling, Forest Schooling, and more—Family Field Trip is the perfect handbook for any family with young children and an invaluable resource for raising kids who will grow into curious, well-rounded citizens of the world.

• Gives parents the tools and inspiration to turn the world into a giant field trip full of opportunities to teach children cultural appreciation
• Provides parents with easy ways to incorporate learning, adventure, and exploration into both travel and daily life
• Tackles a range of lessons and topics without being prescriptive or overwhelming

By exploring sites, languages, and foods of the world, Family Field Trip is an inspiring guide to raise globally-minded kids who appreciate art, food, music, nature, and more.

Activities include starting a supper club to introduce kids to the basics of cooking, having conversations that encourage empathy and cross-cultural understanding, designing fun scavenger hunts for any kind of museum, exhibit, or park, packing for trips with kids, and more.

• Perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers who aspire to raise open-minded world citizens with good taste
• A lovely gift for the adventurous, travel-loving family
• Great for readers who enjoyed How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams, and Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman"

I hope that you find as much joy and adventure from this book as we had while I was writing it. Family Field Trip is a book that I have been worked towards writing for many, many years. It's full of activities and advice that I fully believe will help you and your children become a citizen of the world. - Erin 


Meet the Artist: Champneys Taylor

"I see through the eyes of a painter: the pentimenti-impasto-chiaroscuro, the razing of the curtain and the drip. I etch video, I write my palate, I install interpretation. My painting functions through a procession of static markers of an inconclusive present. Painting involves multiple, successive application and removal of translucent color layers in order to discount and to re-iterate that which (in the act of painting, in the history of painting) has come before," shared from Champneys Taylor's website. 

Joining us from Washington D.C., Champneys Taylor will be on hand Saturday, selling his work and talking about his art. 

Meet the Artists: Those Off The Grid

One of the interesting things about curating the Motel Art Show series is that not all artists have a social media presence or even planned on ever showing their art. Such is the case for four of the artists in this year's show. 

Pati D'Amico, Bill Warren, Nicci Hinkley, and Thomas Grosskopf are all very talented artists without a social media presence. 

Pati and Bill got their start as working artists while living in Rhode Island many years ago. They are based in Water Valley, by way of New Orleans. From painting to sculpting to collage art, each time they show it's always a bit different from the time previous. 

Nicci Hinkley has never shown before. Her work focuses mainly on colored pencil drawings centered around her time working at Ajax Diner on the Oxford Square. 

Thomas Grosskopf is a seasoned painter, with his work centered around something you would find in a science fiction comic book. Think aliens taking over the courthouse on the Oxford Square. 

You'll just have to come see for yourself, the beauty that is the work of these off the grid artists. - Erin 

*The show is this Saturday, October 26th, from 5-9 pm at The Ole Miss Motel in Oxford, MS. 


Meet the Artist: Adrienne Brown David

No stranger to showing in the Motel Art Show, Adrienne Brown-David will return this year to show her work for the 6th year. Born in St. Louis, MO, she began drawing at a very young age. Her passion for art was consistently nurtured by her family. She began taking extracurricular art classes at the age of 12. These classes consisted of everything from pottery to photography. For much of her life, graphite was the main focus of her art. After a brief stint at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a short return to St. Louis, Adrienne relocated to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. It was there that she began to focus on painting and mixed media. Her work ranges from pen drawings to full scale painted works. Her work now hangs in many private collections, including the home of writer Jesmyn Ward who owns three of Adrienne's pieces. 

Adrienne Brown-David currently works from her home studio in Water Valley, MS where she resides with her husband, Taariq and their four daughters.

See more of Adrienne's work on October 26th, from 5 pm - 9 pm. - Erin 


Meet the Artist: Church Goin' Mule

Church Goin Mule's work is a memory jug, a death-vase mash of the collective southern past, pearls and rusted nails, song and story, lore and loss. The mule is our common ground, the creature that every man, woman, and child of all origin knew, in a time before t-models and tractors. In a time of remarkable and perhaps increasing polarity, the mule is our grounding rod, pointing to not a better past, but a different one. Every person who worked, worked alongside a mule. The blues was born behind a plowing mule. Stories and poems, jokes and songs were prolific about the south's four-legged machine. Like much of our history, it's been forgotten and framed to tell a different tale. That story is a well known one, of glory and triumph. Our true story, our true flag is the white one of surrender, and of hard work, poverty, and loss. The mule was the first hybrid and he was always there, able to work harder, live longer, eat less. He stood beside moonshiners, levee builders, cotton farmers, timber-haulers, oil drillers, sugar cane men. He worked six days and brought his folks to church and town on the seventh. - from Church Goin' Mule's website. 
It's an honor to have her join us for the show on October 26th, from 5-9 pm, where you'll be able to get your own piece of folk art. - Erin