November 2013 Blog Posts (8)

Advent Spiral

This is one of my all time favorites. It has shapes, symbolism, friends and food.This year we had such good weather we made sure we got nature's full benefits too. So it's a great event all round in my book.

The Advent Spiral is an important part of the Steiner Waldorf…

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Added by Lisa Lillywhite on November 28, 2013 at 8:51am — No Comments

Caffeine and Cajones

Caffeine and Cajones

Paul Fleischack

South Africa

 

The dawn breaks and the first pale light dulls a million stars.  The Fiery-Cheeked Nightjar's  "Good Lord deliver us" call fades to give way to the melodious song of a Cape Robin-Chat. These opening bars cue-in the avian orchestral fanfare, heralding the first tentative appearance of the sun from stage left.  Sitting in my bedroll on the banks of the uThukela River I watch a…

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Added by Paul Fleischack on November 12, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

Natural Play Killers vs You and Me

What is it that's stopping us getting outside? Is it screens? Is it lack of interest?

Maybe, but there's something else. The Natural Play Killers.

Let me tell you a true story..

Until quite recently I lived in a city centre, a nice bit near a park. I used to walk everyday…
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Added by Lisa Lillywhite on November 11, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Toys 'R Us ad

Like many in this network I was pretty deeply disappointed in the recent Toys 'R Us ad pitting "trees vs. toys", highlighted in the C&NN media update.  Like many of you Toys 'R Us has been a part of our gift giving and, to be honest, I still enjoy exploring the canyons of toys in the aisles myself.

 

Nothing conveys our disappointment more effectively to Toys "R Us than the power of the purse: not buying from them - and letting them know that.  If you are unhappy with their…

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Added by Manny Kiesser on November 7, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Man v. Potato

Since I am in the business of teaching about gardening and nature to young children, I love recounting stories of Cleve Backster and the Secret Life of Plants at parties. Amazingly most of my peers are unaware of the experiments Backster performed with plants back in the 60's and 70's that for a…

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Added by Cynthia Wylie on November 6, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Native Florida Cassia: Winter Butterfly Bush

Fall in Florida feels like a second spring.   Looks like it too!  While most plants and trees are loosing their leaves, evergreen native cassia is just beginning to bloom.  By Christmas, walls of dense overhead shrubs will be completely covered with clusters of bright yellow flowers.  Sulphur butterflies choose these as the host for their caterpillars.  Also known as Winter Cassia or Butterfly Bush; it's a standard for the Florida Gardener.  The first cold snap will shatter the…

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Added by Angela B Holland on November 6, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments

Green School in Bali named "Greenest School on Earth"

Named the ‘Greenest School on Earth’ in 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green School is a pre-k through grade 12 international school sustainably built along a lush river in Bali, Indonesia. There, students are immersed in the natural environment, with bamboo classrooms that are…

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Added by Jennipher Spector on November 6, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments

Wild Thing

I write a monthly 'Green Scene' column for our local newspaper. Here's last week's: Wild Thing

 

Wild Thing

I have vivid memories – and lots of scars – from my childhood. I built a treehouse so big it would need planning permission nowadays and so shoogly it would have failed its Building Warrant. I kissed earthworms for a dare (and, I think, for a penny). I scaled trees and fell in streams and had more patches on my clothes than Holly Hobbie’s…

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Added by Jane Gray on November 3, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

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