Monthly Archives: November 2013

Where Does Your Food Come From?

Food brings people together.  In the tradition of Thanksgiving celebration, many people will be connecting with family and loved ones today to enjoy a food feast.  Food is a large part of our lives.  It involves planning, choosing, gathering, ordering, … Continue reading

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Are You Blessed by Nature? Take Time to Look Around and Notice

During a downpour, we observed a large gray Mourning Dove perched on an electrical wire outside our rear living room window.  It flew to our neighbor’s large Bird of Paradise for shelter.  The dove rested on an unopened flower under … Continue reading

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Varied Farming and High Level Thinking

Food for thought…. NON-DIVERSIFIED FARMING CREATES NON-DIVERSIFIED THOUGHT by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm             Sometimes a conversation meanders around and then suddenly and spontaneously winds up in a profound place.  Such was a guest podcast I did a couple … Continue reading

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Successful Menu Planning

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin I appreciate Franklin’s maxims.  They offer good advice with occasional humor.  How true it is that time slips by if we have not wisely planned.  Writing lesson plans is … Continue reading

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Using Permaculture Philosophies to Create a Backyard Edible Paradise

How often do you think about the top layer of Earth?  I must confess, that until recently, not very much.  About 6 years ago, raccoons destroyed our lawn by digging potholes while foraging for their evening meal.  In frustration, we … Continue reading

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One Generation: Autism, Epilepsy, S.I.D.S., and Ruined Lives

One generation ago, I lived on a long suburban street with lots of happy, healthy children.  Kids from the entire block would get together to play baseball games, take long bike rides, run relay races, play Red Rover and Hide Go … Continue reading

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Pilgrims Write About First Thanksgiving

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty.  For as some were … Continue reading

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Choosing To Be Joyful

This morning I read an article by Meryl Gwinn in my local newspaper.  A friend was quoted as saying, “We have no right to stress ourselves out; to live any way less than in joyful appreciation.”  As our busy lives … Continue reading

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I Love My Dictionary!

One of the saddest experiences in my teaching career was when one of my struggling students told me that their dictionary was being used as a T.V. stand.  Many of my students struggle with word meaning and vocabulary.  The majority of … Continue reading

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