winter sports for kids

It must suck to live somewhere puddle jumping and ice skating are the same thing. ~Kristina at a Minnesota rest stop As a child, Kristina was the original puddle jumper. Every year we bought a new pair of  waterproof boots, in a...

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return to the days of Mordor

These last few weeks before the turning of the season are pretty dark. To be fair, the first few weeks after the solstice will be pretty dark also, but we will know intellectually – and maybe viscerally – that things...

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sun at work

Photosynthesis is pretty exciting stuff: take in some sun, turn leaves green, grow a flower. This cactus has been too far from the sun for too long.  I moved it a little closer to the window a while back, and here is my...

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