One of my favorite hikes

This past weekend, the weather was near perfect! It was a slightly humid, sun filled, July afternoon. We drove to our favorite nature preserve with one of the few local waterfalls; Rennsealearville Falls. This is the cute little town where Andy Rooney grew up (remember him from CBS 60 minutes?).┬áThe preserve is also a research … Continue reading One of my favorite hikes

Here comes the sun

After six looong months of one of the coldest winters on record, this 'heatwave' we have been experiencing is a slice of summer heaven. Anyone who complains it's too hot and says "I'm melting", has surly forgotten the mid-April snow storm and the soul crushing dreary gray and cold that followed us well into spring. … Continue reading Here comes the sun

And…we have a bird

For community service day at my daughters pre-school, the senior class helped the preschoolers build bird houses. Blue bird houses to be exact. The blue bird is the State bird for New York, so I see the learning happening here. The preschool kids painted their birdhouses inspired by Pablo Picasso's sunflowers. They came out amazing … Continue reading And…we have a bird

How I am using the art of Tokonoma

With the onset of lovely weather, I wanted to share a tradition I recently read about, Tokonoma. A tradition in the Japanese culture using what we in America would call an "alcove" in our home, to display things of beauty such as scrolls, flowers, art. The arrangement is generally changed daily to help rejuvenate/stimulate ┬áthe … Continue reading How I am using the art of Tokonoma

A Morning at Free Forest School

When I was a kid, we literally lived in the woods. Our little cabin was surrounded by trees, streams, and undeveloped land. Playing outside is what you did. Television was a special occasion. Cartoons were on Saturdays only (e.g. Saturday morning cartoons). There was no TV 'on demand'. There was no 'streaming', and I didn't … Continue reading A Morning at Free Forest School

Winter hiking with kids: 6 Tips and Tricks

Finally we have some temperatures warming here in the Northeast; 70 degrees on February 21st (not a good sign for global warming). It's been nice to see some sunshine and have more moderate temperatures for a bit. During this last weekend warm up (40 degrees! woo-whoo!) we took advantage of the semi-sunny February day by … Continue reading Winter hiking with kids: 6 Tips and Tricks