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02/24/14

I had the pleasure of watching a former student, Joss Christensen, win gold at the Olympics recently. I’d known this boy since before he was born. His parents, Debbie and JD, were among those Parkites who came to town to ski in the ‘70’s, met, married, found jobs and began a life here. Joss’s older…

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11/21/13

Our upper elementary class is building a tree house. They have a few basic tools, a modicum of materials and lots of ideas. From the drawing board to their own arboreal sanctuary they will have to employ math skills, science and engineering principles and a bit of technology. The project will take months to complete…

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09/09/13

I stepped into the room and shook off the March chill. The teachers greeted me warmly and showed me to a chair, then went about their business. I surveyed the classroom – good space, nice wood floors, big windows, freshly painted walls, happy children and happy adults. I was here to evaluate the school before…

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08/13/13

I’ve always been a science fan. One of my earliest memories is of watching earthworms crawl between my fingers. I made hospitals for insects, trapped (and released) desert animals for study and did my best to sterilize a dead rabbit in the bathroom sink so I could make my own rabbit’s foot. My mother’s scream…

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05/01/13

Cleansing, Wikipedia defines this term as ‘the elimination of undesirable elements’.  When you think about it, this could relate to anything – food, drink, people, clutter, even your own thoughts.  Anything that you find ‘undesirable’ can and should be cleansed out of your life.  But how motivated are you to make it happen? Spring is…

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04/02/13

I met a Montessori teacher from Seattle recently – we were both working on organizing a new teacher-training program in Canada. Right away I saw something familiar about her, although we had never met. I peered through my glasses and untamed hair at her glasses and untamed hair and had the feeling I was looking…

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03/17/13

Ahh, the concept of ‘spring forward’ – who decided that this would be a good idea?  Well, they must not have had small children.  I had read about how you should prepare for daylight savings by making your child’s bedtime 15-minutes earlier every night the week before.  Yeah, right – as if that would really…

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Posted:
03/01/13

Bruce and I hadn’t been to Vancouver since the ‘70’s. And then you barely slowed down as you crossed the border. So as I was happily talking to the customs officer at the airport explaining that I had been invited as a guest speaker at a college, it didn’t occur to me that this could…

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Posted:
02/20/13

I love food!  I love tasting all different flavors – and I love how I feel when I am full.  I love dining at restaurants.  A nice meal out where you don’t have to make a mess in the kitchen is addicting.  Simple, easy, no clean-up.  Pay someone else to do it, and go home…

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Posted:
10/09/12

Last week I stopped in the Moose Tracks Class to watch them playing a version of the “Have You Ever?” game. The children stood in a circle while one stood in the middle and said, “If you like to swim in the ocean, switch places.” Everyone who liked to swim in the ocean switched places…

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