Category: ’Teens’

Practicing Compassion

April 27th, 2011 by Dionna - 5 Comments

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama A friend told me a story about a ski trip he’d recently taken. One of the days that they were in Vermont for their trip, he and his friends…

Introduce Fine Arts The Frigging Idiot Way

April 17th, 2011 by Dionna - 17 Comments

“You’re a frigging idiot.” That’s what the guy behind us said. He spoke so loudly that two rows of concert-goers heard it. He didn’t even wait until the intermission to announce he considered us boorish. I’m still not sure what upset him so much. My seven-year-old daughter had begged to…

Animal Tail Tutorial

March 24th, 2011 by Dionna - 21 Comments

Kieran is getting to the age where dress-up play is really fun. He has a couple of costumes (Superman and Buzz Lightyear) that he got courtesy of Halloween clearance, several superhero capes, and an assortment of other dress-up gear. The other day when we were at the zoo, he saw…

10 Unique Gardening Activities for Kids

March 13th, 2011 by Dionna - 33 Comments

Encouraging a Love of Dirt Gardening for me is more than just a way to save money by growing vegetables. It is humbling. Miraculous. Exhausting. It is an exercise in delayed gratification. It physically connects me to the Earth. Gardening tests my patience while strengthening my spirit. My husband shakes…

Creating New Traditions

December 24th, 2010 by Dionna - 10 Comments

One of my most vivid Christmas memories (vivid because we repeated it for the first 30 or so years of my life) is this: We wake Christmas morning and run downstairs to the tree, which is overflowing with brightly wrapped packages, bedecked in glittery bows, sparkling with festive twine and…

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