Category Archives: Take it Outside

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A Close Encounter

An early morning hike with my friend, Caryn was the start to my birthday celebration. We hiked the blue and yellow trails at Canfield Woods as a light rain fell on the leaves above us. It was wonderful. While we … Continue reading

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Take it Outside: In search of ice.

Before winter disappears, and it will, take a walk outside and search for ice. Walk near a brook, a swamp, a pond, or if you want big ice, a river. When I was kid, the reward for braving the coldest days … Continue reading

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Take It Outside: Some Sounds of Spring

Put on your mud boots and take a walk to a pond, swamp, or vernal pool. Go outside and listen. It’s noisy. The frogs have spent the winter hibernating in the mud and leaves of ponds, swamps, and vernal pools … Continue reading

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Take it Outside: Bon Voyage to the Birds

                      “The red-winged blackbird is the true harbinger of spring.” This is a sentence I repeat at least two or three times a year. I first hear it at the Connecticut … Continue reading

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Take It Outside: Share a Hike

During the summer, my son William and I spent four days working together at Dinners at the Farm. As we drove back and forth to Barberry Hill Farm, we passed Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, CT. Each time we … Continue reading

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Take it Outside – Seeing Green

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day to day-tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside. Each week I will challenge you to see and … Continue reading

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Take It Outside: Go Sledding

Snow on a Saturday—great! Who scheduled the recent snowstorm? My compliments. On Friday, we knew it was going to snow the next day. We cancelled our plans to travel and settled in for a day at home. No worries about … Continue reading

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Take It Outside: Autumn Sunsets

“Sky-blue-pink was a popcycle flavor when I was a kid,” I tell Aurora and her friend Katie as we look at the sky at sunset. “The popcycles looked just like the sky does right now,” I said.  We were looking … Continue reading

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Take It Outside: Birds and Birders

I love the term “leaf out.” For a plant or tree, it means to open its leaf buds. “The trees leafed out late this spring.” The time before the trees leaf out in the spring is a special time. The birds … Continue reading

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Take it Outside: Greet the Sun

Turn off the screens—the phone, the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day-to-day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside.  I challenge you to see and hear new … Continue reading

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