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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

Emotional Lives of Boys and Men

I think about the emotional lives of boys, as they grow up in this time and place, through adolescence and into men. Your little boys, right now, have no barriers to their full range of emotions. Their tears flow freely,

Posted in growth and development, recommendations, thoughts about life

Santa Claus thoughts

Last week in the grocery store I overheard two young parents discussing the Santa Claus question.  Over the years I have watched many families – friends, relatives, students – and their experiences with the Santa Claus question, some of which

Posted in growth and development, storytelling, thoughts about life

In defense of dandelions

How can I not love a month when, regardless of the weather, everywhere I turn there are flowers, flowers, and more flowers, against a backdrop of green so bright it makes me dizzy?  I do love it, and I love

Posted in seasons in the garden, thoughts about life

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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