Make something using these items only: 5-7 cylindrical household objects like cardboard tubes or water bottles 5-7 rubber bands (hair bands are ok), and 5-7 crayons or pencils. Your creation can be a building, a human or animal figure, an abstract sculpture, a machine, a tool, a poem or story, in fact anything at all! Use the above items only.Continue reading “Screen Wise Cambridge’s Snow Day Challenge: February 2, 2015”
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Adult Pro-Environment Behaviors Shaped by…Harvesting?
David Sobel’s piece “Look, Don’t Touch” in Orion Magazine has shaken up the small world of my little nature club and the big world of the Get Outdoors movement. I’ve just discovered Living On Earth‘s interview with Sobel, here. If you haven’t had a chance to read the Orion essay, here’s the kernel of Sobel’s argument:Continue reading “Adult Pro-Environment Behaviors Shaped by…Harvesting?”
A day for outrage, a year for exponential change
Today my twelve-year-old daughter and I joined hundreds of men, women and children at Brayton Point, a coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. We were with Mothers Out Front and 350.org; we were with an angry mother from West Virginia coal country; we were in a community that deserves not to be the seat ofContinue reading “A day for outrage, a year for exponential change”
Off Trail in the Peppermint Forest
It’s time for me to leave the sidelines. It’s time for slow this-and-that. Slow Food. Slow Families. Slow Medicine, even. Unplug. Be in the moment. Pay attention. But to what? The “movement” to simplify has, in a way, come full circle. I like those nice two-word concepts, above. Actually, two-word concepts is about all I canContinue reading “Off Trail in the Peppermint Forest”
Easier to “Get Kids Outside” in Spring? Think Again
My daughter seemed interested in coming outside with me this morning to check out the neighborhood owl. It has a regular shift at the entry to its nest, but that happens to coincide with the chaos of getting to school (not) on time. “But mommy,” she said, “I need a new bike helmet.” While thisContinue reading “Easier to “Get Kids Outside” in Spring? Think Again”
Mother Nature’s Child to Play in Somerville
Somerville Climate Action, Rep. Denise Provost and The Growing Center present a free film: MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of children of all ages. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall a childhood of freeContinue reading “Mother Nature’s Child to Play in Somerville”
Fire Up Your Engines: Screen-Free Week Starts April 29th
Screen-Free Week (April 29–May 5, 2013) gets a lot of flak, not to mention wolf-crying from some parties. Is it a slippery slope towards the denial of digital citizenship if we suggest kids should spend less time on computers, tablets, and e-readers? There are many good arguments for children to be educated in technology andContinue reading “Fire Up Your Engines: Screen-Free Week Starts April 29th”
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