Satyagraha and Acts of Resistance

Satyagraha and Acts of Resistance

For many years, I taught college writing courses that had a special focus on key American arguments about the rights declared for all men in the declaration of independence.  As part of these arguments, we looked closely at Gandhi’s ideas about nonviolent...
A Religion of One’s Own

A Religion of One’s Own

I recently read Thomas Moore’s book, A Religion of One’s Own. More is a former Catholic monk, with a doctorate in theology.  Many of you will be familiar with Thomas Moore, who also wrote the wonderful book, Care of the Soul.  He is a very accessible writer, a...

Wishing Tree

Kids love to makes things special, and in spring, it’s fun to make a wishing tree, as people have all over the world for generations. Not only is it a beautiful way for us to see our dreams manifest as a beautiful tree blooms, but wishing trees are a sign of...

Corn Dolls for the Harvest

Just like the heroine in Berry Magic, you can make your own “magic” doll.  This simple doll is taken from Native American traditions.  Legends have it that corn dolls are magical friends.  They will be loving companions, as long as you make them with love and you...

A Favorite Book for Kids during Berry Season

Berry Magic, by Terri Sloat A Tlingit story of how one yucky bitter berry was made by magic into all the sweet berries of Northwest America.  This is a myth — a creation story about why things are as they are.  It celebrates a young woman’s magic and the gifts...

One More for the Road — Memory Jars

Here is another fun way to save fun summer memories — create a memory jar.  Use a mason jar, a vase, or anything that would be nice to display.  You can slowly add to it over the summer — keeping items that symbolize fun events, trips and moments.  At the...