Challenge me!

My good friend Tarah had a wonderful idea:

“Why don’t you add a challenge page,” she suggested.  “That way, your readers can challenge you do new ‘hands-on’ activities.”

So yes!  I would like to hear from you.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for any future hands-on projects, please let me know.  For example, making sushi, learning braille, juggling, really anything.  There’s so much out there to learn to do with your hands, right?  I can’t think of everything, so I need your help!  

Likewise, if you come upon any articles, books, or if you have any personal stories relating to working with your hands, I’d love to hear it!  My Mom, for example, just reminded me about the inception of my Aunt Diane’s baking business, “Soul-Food” (which I’ll be writing about).

Also, if you have any hand-talents, please share them with me.  What can you do with your hands?  (Don’t get too dirty though). 

So, please, challenge me.  Work with me.  Share with me.



8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rick on June 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’m fascinated by the abilities our hands have so easily developed in the past few centuries with relatively new things that we now take for granted–like typing (without looking), managing a mouse, an iphone, etc. or applying torque to a baseball to make it curve, or having just the right “touch” on a basketball to make it swoosh. Do these modern day hand movements have corellaries to other skills used in the past?


  2. I’d like to see you try your hands (hah hah!) at spinning wool. Also, you should work as a migrant farmer for a day.


  3. How about learning to start a fire? The modern way first, then with flint or while whittling sticks. I would love to see this on video.


  4. I also think you should learn how to perform fire poi. When I worked at camp, the circus guys loved it!


  5. Posted by Tim on August 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    If you haven’t already in Mexico, you should learn how to tortillar. I’ve tried it a couple times, but with very little success. My tortillas come out like fat little blobs of paint, while women around me would be making perfect flat circles at three times the speed. Definitely easier to cook tortillas when you have a wood-burning plancha, but I’m pretty sure it’d be possible in a pan on the stove.


  6. Posted by Mary on July 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    You should go to an art class and learn how to use one of those spinning thingys to make some sort of vessel. “Ghosts” style.


  7. really enjoyed reading your blogs thanks


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