World Animal Day and Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Today is World Animal Day. Started in 1931 by a group of ecologists and celebrated on 4 October every year World Animal Day brings focus to the needs and plight of animals around the world. The founders selected 4 October because it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of […]

Some days are like that

This has been a bad day. One of those days where just getting the basic stuff done is a schlog. (Stolen, without apology, from Betty Friedan). A schlog is that sort of motion or effort where it feels like you are moving through peanut butter to get anything done. And then it got a little […]

Earth Hour Mar 26, 2011

Next Saturday, Mar 26 is the 2011 day to celebrate Earth Hour and, at 8:30 pm your time, turn out all your lights and non-essential electric appliances and celebrate the transition from day to night. Click the link above and get lots of ideas and information.

As you know from past posts, […]

The calming effect of routine

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It seems to me that we Americans put a high premium on fancy vacations as a way to unwind from the stresses of the world. It also seems to me that we put so many expectations onto those vacations that they often fail to live up […]

Free Play VS Purpose

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We are a purpose driven society. This is a good thing. It has led to improved medicine, communications, better health, more comfort to more people, and, I think, improved well being. Being purpose driven is what leads us to give to others even when there […]

14 Christmas Gifts for the Budding Naturalist Image by Simon Howden

Shopping for the nature lover is easy. Gifts to help the nature lover, especially a budding one, can be simple and inexpensive. Gifts like these don’t usually require batteries or cables. The object of the game is to keep is simple. This is about connecting to […]

3 Fall art projects

I focus a lot on siency things on this blog because quite frankly, that’s my background. Before I was involved with the science of things, I was more interested in art. Not to the point of studying; I just like puttering with it. I find it relaxing.

Nature is an artist’s paradise. […]

Why unstructured play is good for the brain and 10 things to do.

Anyone who reads this blog know that I am a big advocate of unstructuring experiences. I advocate this because I believe that it is just good for people to slow down and interact in low tech ways. It isn’t that I don’t think that technology has its place it’s that I think that we have […]