Talk a Walk on the Quiet Side: Nature Calms ADHD

Does strolling through nature allieviate ADHD? So claim researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who tested kids after walks in three different areas of town: a city park, a residential neighborhood, and an urban downtown.  The actual results might surprise you, the ones omitted from the media - no offense, Mother Nature, but you might have been fooled...  ...more

Living Nicely: Saving Grace

Fresh starts in an empty nest, having to face a new definition of my Life…face regrets: shoulda, coulda, woulda’s…wanna ride in the wayback machine! Wish I could go Wayback and fix things. But the reality smacks hard and at some point you realize: This is It! Life is not a dress rehearsal, as its been said…But before the final curtain, the final bow, I know its now or never for me. I’ve schemed and dreamed away too much time and it’s catching up and trying to pass me by. My saving grace…the realization of all of this! The joy I feel when I open my ...more

Living Nicely!

To blog or not to blog...blahg, blahg, blahg...After mulling around in the muck and mire of indecision, I have decided to jump into the blogpool and fill more virtual space with my mundane take on Life, or to be specific: Living Nicely! Firmly believing that everything has been said and done somewhere, by someone, I have no expectations of originality or uniqueness for this blog...however, I do believe that even though someone else has been there and done that, it doesn't hurt to try to do it better! ...more

Make Tracks Family Trail Weekend

Remember my recent post about playing with kids in the great outdoors? Yeah, I don't blame you. I think it was called something like Take a Child Outside Week. It's not quite a national holiday -- at least not yet. (And Take Your ...more

Book Review: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Book Review: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow Butterfly Eyes and Othe ...more

Isn't A Simple Walk Enough?

Isn’t a simple walk enough? Isn’t there benefit in setting off, putting one foot in front of the other, for whatever length of time one has? Must fitness be the goal?  Must one attempt to raise one’s heart-rate, beat yesterday’s time? Isn’t the peace and joy walking bring reward enough? ...more

Somewhere Between the Want to Do's and Have to Do's

So it's late and it has been a few days of thinking and rethinking of what would be the first words I'd type. What story to tell, what moment to explain and how to express something, anything in an interesting or meaningful way. Words. They have weaved in and out of my thoughts as I have folded laundry. Poetry, what makes a poem? I have made attempts at poetry quietly in my mind on my drive to pick up my oldest from Kindergarten. It is in this one quiet moment of the day that I am able to be a part of all that is around me. ...more

My Manic Monday Post

Last week I mentioned the difficulties that we have had with Peanut and her < ...more

Go take a hike: Take a Child Outside Week

You know you've been indoors too long when you look up at a beautiful blue sky full of white puffy clouds and immediately think about the opening scene of The Simpsons. Not "Gee, what a great day for kite flying" or even "What are those things in the sky? Oh, yeah -- birds." ...more

I think my kid is a natural hiker!



Tropic of ...more


Enough clouds have left the sky to leave it largely blue in time for the equinox. A transitional time always involves steps forward and back, yes, this blue is not like the blue of just a few days ago. That shade, against the various breeds of tree that stay green all year, seemed oversaturated. This seems subtly faded even where light clouds do not tear through it. The light from it still carries heat but not enough to penetrate shadows. Read More at Daughter of the Ring of Fire ...more