Archive for the ‘Children’ Category

Photography

So now that I’ve had my camera for a couple of years now, I’ve finally begun to take pictures and mostly pictures of nature during our family vacations to Minnesota. With that said, I wanted to blog about this article tonight in part because this gentleman also takes picture of nature but also for another one that is close to my heart.

The young man in this article entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network has Down Syndrome. Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Berries

Reading this article I was reminded of when I was a kid and we use to play in the woods. There was this field that unfortunately is now houses but, back then it was full of berries.

These days if I’m looking for berries we do so when we’re up at our cabin. We can usually find them along the dirt road that leads to our cabin.

Anyway, the article that took back to my childhood is entitled “Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry” by Hope Jahrenaug over at the New York Times. Back to a place where time didn’t always matter.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Good & dirty

Here is another moment where the article I’m going to write about isn’t available unless you have access to the Wall Street Journal. The article is entitled ” Get Your Children Good and Dirty” by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta.

The upside here however, is that the essay is adapted from their new book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World. Me, I’ve already requested it from my local library.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Nature, play and pause

Reading this article tonight took me back to some of the activities the kids and I have done over the years. We’ve done Monarch butterfly tagging, Amphibian Night, Owl Prowl, just to name a few.

In fact, tomorrow, the kids and I are going to Raptor Night (which we did once before) over at one of our local parks to check out some of the local birds here in the Midwest. We’re also hoping to maybe see one of our old neighbors because they had a couple of hawks that they use to take to this show back then.

We’re also going to check our a nearby river, the Meramec, this weekend. When it rain for three straight days here in Missouri, some of our local rivers flooded, including this one. From what I’ve seen, it’s taken back a little of the area and I’m curious to see what’s changed.

Now with all this said, we’ve also done less of this but that’s in part due to the fact that they’ve also started to find their own interest and for me that was hard. It took a while to adjust to that but, I’ve come to accept it, we just do less. I know they still all like nature and I just want to make sure we take that time now and then.

Sweet Dreams!

 

Green Librarian

Kindergarten

This article in some ways took me back to kindergarten. How we use to walk to school when I was in kindergarten, once even getting lost and being late to school. I remember the path we use to take in the woods almost like it was yesterday.

I was also just talking with my co-workers the other day how my friends and I use to stay out as late as we good after school, usually not going in until our mothers called us for dinner.

We would be outside playing what we called 500 ball, kickball, tag and any number of other games in our neighborhood. On the weekends we would play in those same woods we walked to school in.

The article is entitled “German Kindergarten Campouts Test Helicopter Parents” by Jessica Holzer at the Wall Street Journal. In a way, the education they’re talking about in the article is what we got every day after school and on weekends, we just didn’t know it.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Kids & pets and emotional intelligence

I have to say that this article came along at just the right time. I’ve been reading the book A Country Called Childhood by Jay Griffiths and while she never uses the term emotional intelligence, her thinking is along the same lines.

The article is entitled “Kids Who Grow Up with Dogs and Cats Are More Emotionally Intelligent and Compassionate” by Starre Varten over at the Mother Nature Network.  Both are a good read.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Thinking of my kids in nature

As my kids get older and my chances to get them out into nature begin to dwindle, this article reminds why it’s been important to continue to do that. The article is entitled “Let the Kids Play: Nature Can Take It” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian