Category Archives: thoughts

Monday thought of the week: chart the journey

A thought: We can only expose children to experiences that etch lasting memories; they will chart the journey of learning from there. – Michael Lanza, Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks (Boston: Beacon … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: experiences not entertainment

A thought: Children need experiences, not entertainment, in play. The more kids can do, see, feel and experience for themselves in play, the more connected they will feel to the world, and less overwhelmed. – Kim John Payne (Simplicity Parenting)

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Monday thought of the week: all the world

A thought: Whatever landscape a child is exposed to early on, that will be the sort of gauze through which he or she will see all the world afterward. – Wallace Stegner

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Monday thought of the week: something rare and very beautiful

A thought: It is important to me that my children can distinguish a vulture from a golden eagle by the cant of its wings. It reassures me to know that they can recognize the evening call of robins and the … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: fabric of connectedness

A thought: Public lands are part of our fabric of connectedness in this country; through our common ownership and appreciation of them, we are vested in one another, state to state, region to region, hunter to schoolteacher to tattooist to … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a sacred fire

A thought: Children are natural explorers. They have the true explorer’s interest in their immediate surroundings as well as in faraway places, and they are eager to know why things are as they are. If you are a wise parent, … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: to instill these values

A thought: My kids go outside daily because they want to go outside daily. In fact, they love being outside. It is easily their happy place. So how did I get so lucky? Is it genetic? The fact is, I have … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: no different

A thought: In the twentieth century, we underwent a fundamental change in our relationship with the planet. When I was a boy growing up in London, Ontario, my parents, my three sisters, and I lived in a house with about … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: borrow

A thought: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. – source unknown, but often credited as a Native American proverb  

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Monday thought of the week: the nature of our own selves

A thought: As we get closer to nature, we find that the subject of our study is not actually nature at all, but life, and the nature of our own selves. – Joseph Cornell, in Sharing Nature with Children (Nevada City: … Continue reading

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