Gifts from the Cutting Garden

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The crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils and tulips all bloomed at once this year, turning my  yard into an absolute work of art. That is, until the grandkids decided they needed to pick bunches of pretty flowers for their mothers. Two and three-year-olds do not have a great grasp of how to cut flowers for a …

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Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate — In Nature

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I honestly thought that when I retired from teaching the pace of my life would dramatically change. I imagined spending hours outdoors — working in my gardens, exploring new places and just generally basking in nature  — since I wouldn’t be tied to a desk grading papers anymore. What I discovered was that the ending …

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Anchor of the Landscape — Evergreens

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Have you ever seen the hilarious Abbott and Costello sketch Who’s on First?”   Over the Thanksgiving weekend I happened to overhear (Ok, I was eavesdropping; it was too funny to miss) a conversation that immediately reminded me of the sketch. A relatively harassed sounding salesperson was trying to explain to a very confused woman the …

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Nature Spaces — A Place to Play

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Play is an essential part of a well balanced life whether we are talking about children or adults.  As children, play helps guide us into our lives as adults and as adults, play allows us to step back from those lives and de-stress. Spending time in nature is another essential aspect of a healthy life. …

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The Relationship Between Children’s Health and Time in Nature – Part 2

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Every week American children spend hours in care situations away from their own homes and families. Infants and toddlers of working parents spend an average of 36 hours a week in some type of daycare, frequently an institutionalized care center. Youngsters aged 6 to 18 spend over 900 hours a year, or 35 hours a …

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The Relationship Between Children’s Health and Time in Nature

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Those of us of a certain age probably remember long summer days with a degree of fondness.  Those were the days we were outdoors from the early morning until we were called home for family dinner time.  They were days spent riding bicycles, exploring the surroundings and sometimes just lying in the grass staring up …

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