Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lookybook


UPDATE: Unfortunately, Lookybook is no more. But you can still page through the book by clicking here.

Exciting news—i get around is now on a cool site called Lookybook, where you can actually page through a wide selection of children's picture books (try it out above—just click on a page to turn). The idea for this site comes from graphic designer and illustrator Craig Frazier, who recognized that there are a whole lot of great children's books out there that people never get a chance to look through—unless they are among the few that get a prime spot in a bookstore (or are books people are already aware of and looking for). Lookybook allows you to look through as many picture books as you want, create and share your own library and comments, view those of others, purchase books, and more. (Lookybook was also chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 50 best websites of 2008). Take a look!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nature words extinct?


The Canadian Press reports that "a British Columbia environmental group is flabbergasted that the publisher of the Oxford Junior Dictionary has sent words like 'beaver' and 'dandelion' the way of the dodo bird. In the latest version of its dictionary for schoolchildren, Oxford University Press has cut nature terms such as heron, magpie, otter, acorn, clover, ivy, sycamore, willow and blackberry.

In their place, the university publishing house has substituted more modern terms, like the electronic Blackberry, blog, MP3 player, voicemail and broadband." I'm flabbergasted too. All the more reason for an emphasis on getting kids back outside and connected with nature. For more of this article and others, visit the Children and Nature Network.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Crisis Nursery


Occasionally, I volunteer at our local Crisis Nursery. On a recent visit, I read i get around to the kids. They helped complete each rhyme, then we did some art, and later we acted out each activity in the board book--they really connected and had fun with it! I love connecting with these kids.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Look closer, see deeper



Back in October, I went on a Renewing the Creative Spirit retreat led by my friend, Doug Beasley. It was significant for me in many ways, at a time when I really needed it. My younger brother (and only sibling) had passed away from cancer in September at 47. And I was about to turn 50 myself. I love Doug's approach and way of seeing (and you can see his beautiful photography as well as learn about his Vision Quest workshops that are offered in many appealing locations here). The photo above is one photo of many I took, and represents something I value doing and inviting—to look closer and see deeper. The other is a photo of my little brother and me from long ago.

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