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Back to School Hike

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield, CT, was my choice for what has become known as The Back to School Hike. Three years ago I decided to celebrate the first day of school by taking a hike. As soon as Aurora and Stephen’s photos were … Continue reading

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The Explorers Search for Spirals

spi·ral – winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone The Explorers were making spiral after spiral as part of a … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

My friend Jeanie and I took my son Stephen and his friend Sam for a hike. At the beginning of the hike, I noticed a plant with a red stem growing on the edge of the trail and stopped to … Continue reading

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Skunk Cabbage, it’s here!

I love skunk cabbage. It is one of my favorite signs of spring. As a child, I would carefully navigate the edge of brooks and swamps, making sure not to step on skunk cabbage plants. It was fun to be a bit scared … Continue reading

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A Mushroom Family

Sofia and Ava came running across the playground, “Ann, we found a mushroom family. Come see the mushroom family.”

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One Last Hike

Rain slickers, rubber boots, happy voices, bright shiny green everywhere, and rain—summer rain, these are the lasting images of my final hike with the Explorer’s class of 2015. It was a fitting end to our time with this adventurous group of … Continue reading

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Embrace the Moment

“Mom, you’re not embracing the moment.” Aurora said to me. This statement was in response to me saying, “You guys are so not fun.” On a recent snow day, I asked Stephen and Aurora if they would go snowshoeing with … Continue reading

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The Rice Rainbow

Coloring rice was the project of the day. White rice, water color paints, plastic bags, two teachers, and eight Explorers were the ingredients needed for this plan. Each child was asked, “What color rice would you like to make?” “Blue, yellow, … Continue reading

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Go Wild!

Go wild. It’s time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, … Continue reading

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A Quest for Fiddleheads

Fiddlehead ferns. We talk about harvesting them every year. Dave works with a guy, Claude, who every spring makes a trip to what we call Fiddlehead Island. He is a legend in our house. “Claude says there are so many … Continue reading

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