September 1, 2020

This was a post from last year--before the Covid 19 pandemic--so some of the ideas, unfortunately, do not apply this year. But, hopefully you will find something here that can help with the transition that September brings.

September is the perfect time to

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July 1, 2020

We have been taking our children camping from when they were very young. But, this has by no means been wilderness camping!

June 11, 2020

One of our traditional Summer Solstice foods is soft-shell crab. The symbolism of the crab derives from the fact that, in the Summer Solstice, the Sun is in the constellation of the Tropic of Cancer, with a crab as its symbol. To prepare the crab, generally they are al...

March 1, 2020


     Some winters are so cold and snowy that we can’t wait for the warmth of spring. So, when the seed catalogs first arrive, we’re very eager to start planning the year’s vegetable and flower gardens. On th...

February 2, 2020

From The Overstory Richard Powers:
    “Night falls early, signaling the trees to drop their sugar-making project, shed all vulnerable parts, and harden up. Sap falls. Cells become permeable. Water flows out of the trunks and concentrates into anti-freeze. The dormant...

December 12, 2019


     The benefits of music are well-known. It offers a soothing relief to stress, lightens our mood, and brings happiness to us in difficult times. The sounds and rhythms can be meditative, lending a sense of peace. Song lyrics distill our feelings in ways that we can...

November 21, 2019

Get ideas for some ways to keep children engaged and entertained on the longest night.

October 16, 2019

To learn something new, take a path you took yesterday.” John Burroughs
Think about the feeling you get when you see a tree in full autumn color, the brilliant red of a maple or the golden yellow of a giant oak tree. Think about the feeling of a cool autumn breeze that...

June 18, 2019

These little sundials are a great activity for children (and adults as well) to enjoy making on the longest day.

To make these, I will locate a tree limb, usually of maple or birch, that is approximately four inches in diameter and which will be as circular as possible...

February 23, 2019

When the winter sun shines brightly in the southern sky, casting long shadows on the newly fallen snow, Jim will go outside to the grape arbor to begin the process of making the wreath.

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