Though Juneteenth precedes the other mid-June holidays of Fathers' Day and the Summer Solstice (and school ending for some), explaining the meaning of Juneteenth can be more complex than these other celebrations. Juneteenth observes the end of slavery in...
It's been a year... and then some. Summer planning has been a bit more challenging in 2021, as many traditional summer options were still uncertain of what the future would bring well into springtime. But, with this school year...
The Heat My farmhouse kitchen window faces west, which is pleasant for washing sunset dishes. But during the summer, the hot afternoon sun heats my kitchen before I even start cooking. Like the majority of houses in the PNW, my...
I grew up on the Great Plains. Wheat, corn, or sugar beets as far as the eye could see, a veritable ocean of it. If you wanted to see the woods, you would have to search a long time...
Taking a camping trip with family and friends can end up feeling more like work than fun. By the time you’ve traveled to your destination and set up camp, you are likely to have had more than a few...
Just like you don’t have to run a marathon to call yourself a runner, you don’t have to plant a huge garden to call yourself a gardener! Whether it’s planting a few herbs in your windowsill, a small container garden on...
Most parents I know have stressed over the amount of screen time our kids have logged this year. With online school and no playgrounds or friends for reprieve, TV and iPads helped fill the void. We’ve chalked our kids'...
According to the ever-ticking Climate Clock, we currently live in a state of climate emergency. The clock reads less than 12 years until the Earth will warm 1.5-2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialization temperatures. Basically, we have 12 years until the...
So often, whether you are a teacher, a parent, or both, you will no doubt hear the words, "But why?" from your children - especially when you are telling them to do something. And what is the response that...
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It's been a year... and then some. Summer planning has been a bit more challenging in 2021, as many traditional summer options were still...