Summer's End: September 1st

Summer's End: September 1st
Prone on her belly, Caroline could watch the gentle waves on the water through the space between the whitewashed boards. She was warm, the sun’s rays penetrating her skin, relaxing her further into the dock. Every so often one of the white puffy clouds floating by on the lake-colored sky would...
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Caroline’s Birthday: August 1st

Caroline’s Birthday:  August 1st
Caroline sat on the stool squirming as her Mom tried to get a comb through her tangled hair. “Sit still”, Mom urged. “How can we get this done with you constantly moving around? Your birthday party guests will be here soon.” It was Caroline’s eighth birthday. “Ouch”, Caroline complained as...
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Life and Flowers

Life and Flowers
During the summer months, there are flowers all around us. Even those who live in cities can see a determined dandelion wedged between the sidewalk and street, or stalks of hollyhocks seemingly growing out of concrete in an alley. Most of the time we walk right by without noticing. That...
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Let’s Make Hollyhock Dolls

Let’s Make Hollyhock Dolls
Making dolls with flowers is a great way to engage with nature, have fun together and learn a little bit about how flowers work. For this activity, the child should be old enough to handle a toothpick safely.    What You Need: An assortment of hollyhock flowers and buds Toothpicks...
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Clothes and Climate? What about the weather?

Clothes and Climate? What about the weather?
Each morning, I make my way to our closet where the little weather station my family gave me for Mother’s Day sits on the shelf. I just love to see the temperature, potential for rain or snow, and the symbol my older son coined as “fast clouds”, a line drawing...
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What’s for dinner? Pesticides?

What’s for dinner? Pesticides?
Unless you know your “Dirty Dozen”, you may be serving harmful pesticides on your dinner table. The Environmental Working Group annually tests 100 fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. Peeling and scrubbing is not enough. The 12 worst offenders, aka the Dirty Dozen, should be purchased organic. Don’t despair. There’s...
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Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 2

Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 2
So the journey of avoiding plastic continues. And instead of getting easier, I think it’s getting more difficult. Just about everywhere I go, I find I have to make a compromise of some kind. So does it really make me a bad person to use a straw? Because despite the...
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