Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Peace & quiet

Reading this article made me begin to appreciate a bit more our family vacations to northern Minnesota, both with the kids and before them. Not so much for what we saw but for what we didn’t hear. Actually just the peace and quiet of nature. One of those times where you appreciate what you don’t have.

The article is entitled “Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth“ by Meghan O’Rourke in the New York Times Style Magazine. Unfortunately, this link might not work unless you have a subscription to the New York Times, so just go to your local library for it. It came out in November of 2017. It’s definitely worth the read.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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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

Nature & mental health

As I’ve so often talked about before and truly believe in, nature is one our best medicines. As a single father of three kids, it was something I tried to do on a somewhat regular basis, from Amphibian Nights to Owl Prowls to family walks in the woods.

Tonight’s article, entitled “Growing Up Near Green Space Reduces Risk of Mental Illness” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger, I think reinforces that belief. What I wouldn’t give to take them all out again to Amphibian Night.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Winter solstice

So tonight’s article is one that takes me back to a good place, laumeier sculpture park to be exact. A place where I’ve spent many a days with my kids. A place to enjoy nature and time with my family.

The article is entitled “Winter Solstice and Winter Walksby Dwight Bitikofer over at the Webster-Kirkwood Times. I think a winter walk sounds really good right about now.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Rocks tell a story

As someone who enjoys collecting rocks when out in nature, this article struck home with me. In fact, as I told my co-workers just today, my son once did a science fair project on the rocks of Minnesota. The reason they were from Minnesota is because that’s where our family cabin is, where we to each summer for vacation.

The article is entitled “Earthworms’ Castings: Rock Pile” by Jean Ponzi over at the The Healthy Planet. We still have those rocks scattered about the house. After all, they’re really part of the family.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Heading north

Since I missed last Thursday and Tuesday of this week, plus in a week we’ll be making our annual trip up north to our family cabin in Minnesota, I thought I would post two articles tonight and this article in particular. I’ve been to both Bemidji and Duluth, both places used as directional advisors in this article, so either way we’ve got it covered.

The article is entitled “1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal with this Picture?” by Sarah Mervosh over at the New York Times. Makes me want to jump in the car tonight. Oh well, only one more week.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

 

Summer vacations by the ocean

So as first day spring has passed and soon enough, summer begins to approach, I’m reminded of the times my family went swimming in the ocean or went to the beach. Probably twenty years or more but those memories are still some of my favorites when it comes to our summer vacations.

So maybe that’s why I’m always drawn to organizations that work to protect our oceans. Just this week in fact, I donated $20.00 to a group called 4Ocean, a group that focuses on cleaning up our beaches and oceans worldwide.

In return I get a bracelet made out of that recycled material they clean up. For each bracelet purchased, they will pull a pound of trash from the ocean. While Christmas is still a ways away, I will make sure before then to find another organization that works to help protect our oceans to donate too.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian