Lessons on politics and human kindness at the diner

Lessons on politics and human kindness at the diner

Stories are everywhere.  From our limited perspective, many remain incomplete to us.  We observe an isolated interaction between parent and child at the grocery store.  We see a couple holding hands on the street.  We hear a disagreement between a sales person and a customer.  We catch a glimpse of…

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Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Each year, the last generation of Monarch Butterflies makes an amazing journey from points north in Canada and North America to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  Monarchs are facing rapid population decline.  Much milkweed, the plant necessary to Monarch survival, is lost as grasslands are converted for growing crops.  The…

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Sunset Creek Walk

Sunset Creek Walk

It’s was a long winter on the US east coast.  We had lots of snow, lots of cold and very little outdoor fun.  I have been craving adventure and natural beauty (the kind you don’t need five layers of clothing to enjoy).  With our summer trips still a few weeks…

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Swamp Creek Park-learning close to home

Swamp Creek Park-learning close to home

Spring is here and we are finally getting out and enjoying some of our favorite local parks.  One of our go to places is a small park just a few minutes from our house.  It appeals to us, in part, because there is a paved walkway (8/10 mile).  It is…

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Raising a good kid

Raising a good kid

“Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.”                                                                                      Glennon Melton  momastery.com   I am guilty of the above.  Sometimes my son makes unkind decisions.  He can be mean to his siblings.  He can be disrespectful.  He can be self…

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“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

  “Picture you and me in a cabin by the sea… What the photograph don’t show, is where we’re headed tomorrow.  Even when we have to go, we’ll always be together in the black and white photo.” I fell in love with this song, Cabin by the Sea,  just before…

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Introducing inspIRIEd families

Introducing inspIRIEd families

If your family is doing  something good for people or planet, please share your story at our  insIRIEd families facebook page!   I lose myself in music.  When people talk about feeling alive, I know exactly what they mean.  It is how I feel when I sing, play or listen. …

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California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

We have to be there.  As soon as I heard the line up, I told my husband.  We have to be there.  So many of our favorite bands.  Bands that have brightened our days, changed our lives, fed our souls.  All in one place on the same day.  At a…

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Worth the Trip

Worth the Trip

I can hear breathing all around me.  My Dad.  My husband.  My three crazy children.  All calm and surrendering to sleep in a tiny hotel room.  It was a long day.  Ten hours in the car from PA to Wilmington, NC.  It was worth the trip.  To be here surrounded…

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The work of Inclusion

The work of Inclusion

Dear Teachers, We understand Inclusion is not easy.  We  are aware of our son’s oppositional behaviors and sensory needs.  We see that he struggles with focus.  That he has cognitive limitations and poor communication skills.  That he has anxiety about food and transitions.  That he has a stubborn streak about…

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