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August Niehaus Posts

symbols, cymbals

Last night, the world rang in the year 2021 together.I don’t believe I’ve heard such noise of celebrationsince the turn of the century, since the infamous Y2K,when a different arbitrary marker of time’s passingwas cause for such wild, fearful abandon. On our farm on the grid of rural gravel lanes,we stood stock still until the motion-sensor lightflicked off, leaving us with the faint flashes of fireworksand the chunky clouds and the rain pelting our faces.The…

The sport of creativity

Ahhh, baby August. She wanted nothing more than to be a sports journalist, to capture the wild world of the athlete, professional and amateur (but mostly professional, let’s be real). In 2006, she set her passwords as “Vancouver2012” because she believed that was her ultimate goal: to cover the Vancouver Winter Olympics (because they were a reasonable drive from her hometown of Seattle). Oh, baby August. Little did you know… you were the athlete. Your…

Mindfulness, now

I mentioned to my friend the other day that the always-available nature of the internet was overwhelming me. “I’ve felt very on-demand lately,” I told him. It hit me — three days later, while walking the dog — that that was my choice. Mindfulness is one of those buzz words that falls into a bad category — concepts that have become so diluted by pop culture and fads that it is sorely overlooked by people…

Forms of expression

Those who know me (I start a few posts with that phrase, don’t I?) know that I do a lot of different things. I write, a lot; I make music, a fair bit; I cook, a lot; I’ve done a podcast, live shows, audiobook narration, earring creation… the list does, in fact, go on. The one that’s always eluded me is drawing. I always told myself that one day, the itch would well and truly…

Idle fives

I’m not the best example of someone who relaxes enough, but I’ve put in a concerted effort in the last couple of years to set aside real time to do nothing (or only what I feel like doing). So before you glare at me for assuming you should work 24/7 (minus sleep), please know that every night before bed in the last month, I’ve been doodling on my iPad and watching an episode or two…

What 2020 taught me

I’m a massive introvert. I have never felt so recharged in my adult life as during this period where I was asked to stay home, within the environment I curated for myself, with largely my own company. I know that many other people are suffering from not having new stimulus, and likely that what they’re feeling is a lack of energy because they aren’t being renewed from time spent around other humans, so I try…

Life is changing…

We’ve all been affected by life’s major changes lately, and on top of that, a massive shift in my reality is coming: We bought a house. More specifically, we bought a farm. By “we,” I mean myself and Jake. The era of the Shames living under the same roof is coming to an end — Josh and Amy are both moving in with their own people, and Jake and I will be moving to our…

A long overdue update!

This isn’t a studiolog proper, but… I needed to freshen up the content here a little bit while I’m spooling out new projects on the regular… Since the last time I checked in on this blog, I’ve been involved in the following: Not Bad – we did it. FOR REAL. We made an EP. It’s called ATROCIT-E and there is a big ol’ story behind that name that I will probably never type out for…

(Un)structured learning

This is going to be a post about creating a structure for your children’s education at home. But before we go any further, I want to point out that structure is both over- and underrated. I appreciate structure myself. I’m a big to-do list person. I’ve used every piece of organizational software I can get my hands on. I enjoy having a schedule and a routine. But ultimately I prefer to apply simple, flexible systems…

Before you start homeschooling…

Well. Here we are in, a very different world than the one we lived in when I last posted. Now I jump on a virtual watercooler call on Monday mornings instead of standing around the real one, and today, instead of asking my opinion of the latest feedback from a partner team at work, one of my coworkers asked me for homeschooling advice. I’m uniquely positioned to give insight into that life, because I was…