Monthly Archives: October 2018

Thoughts on the Halloween season

Have you noticed the spiders? The garden spiders are amazing in this season as they grow larger and larger, weaving their beautiful webs to catch the flies feasting on fallen fruit, spangled with drops of fog in the morning. Huge

Posted in seasons in the garden, thoughts about life

Watching the Spider

These are the faces of children watching a spider catch a mosquito and wrap it up in web. After we walked around the neighborhood watching spiders, collecting gorgeous leaves, and noticing pumpkins ripening on the vine, someone asked me, “When

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Feminism and Body-Positivity: two great articles!

Two excellent articles from the New York Times. The first one, How to Raise a Feminist Son, expands on the themes from my recent post about boys’ and men’s emotional lives, and the importance of fathers being vulnerable. The second

Posted in growth and development

Furnishing the grasshopper home

This grasshopper paid us a visit. We furnished it quite a nice home. Birch even made it a life jacket in case it wants to go swimming in the bird bath.

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Watching shows during school?

Charlie (with the dustpan): “I’m watching Thomas.” Fritz (with the quilt square): “I’m watching a grownup show cause I’m a grownup.”

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Every parent needs support, especially for learning how to handle behavior. The Parent Support Center, right here in Portland, offers classes that can help every parent become more confident. I am one of the Parent Support Center’s parent-educators, and I offer classes here in the school for Understory families.
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Do you wonder about the importance of play? This article is a few years old, and everything in it is still true. Read it, and then go play! Taking Play Seriously, NY Times Magazine:
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I am deeply grateful to Brené Brown for her work on courage, vulnerability and empathy. If you don’t know her work, start with this short but powerful animation, and then go to her webpage.
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When I’m not teaching, I volunteer with Bark, the defenders and protectors of Mt. Hood. Free monthly hikes, monthly educational talks on forest issues, families welcome! Come learn how to defend the forest.
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