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N is for "Nature"

The past week has been an incredibly difficult one for me in my personal life. I have been depressed, anxious, testy, withdrawn, physically ailed, and on an organization mission (to work off emotions). But what I have found myself doing several times a day, is stepping outside to water plants, pull weeds, observe my garden, nurture our new trees, look at the new mama in her nest, watch for hummingbirds, smile at the butterflies, and sometimes just wander around. And it SOOTHES me! And I feel a small amount of strength to continue on.

Recently, Nature has become a hot topic for me. It's important! It's necessary! It's being lost in this world of uber-electronics.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had come across the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and that I was considering doing a book study. Well, it's a go. And it will start this Friday, June 1st.

I have read the first couple of chapters and I am drawn into it's truth. It is inspiring me to do something different with my children, not only in their schooling but in their everyday living.

If you would like to join me, grab the book and read the first four chapters by NEXT Friday, June 8th. This Friday I will pop in and present some thoughts and some questions for you to consider while reading.

Instead of a Linky, I would just appreciate your comments and links to any blog posts you may be writing about the book. I just want to keep it simple. I hope that you will join me in this journey.

I am linking up with Marcy at Ben and Me.


  1. It's impossible to stay cranky or worried outside - it's one of many reasons I love it. Things just seem less important when you're looking at waves hitting a rock, or seeing a little fat groundhog run past in the grass.

    I've got this book on my to-read list, but I had to special order it and it won't arrive in time to join in. I'll be reading with great interest, though!

  2. I have always felt better amongst nature. It's still where I go to think.

    I've read Last Child In the Woods several times. I think I'll check it back out of the library and join you for your discussion!

  3. I ordered the book a few days. Will start reading as soon as it gets here. Looking forward to the book club and discussions.

  4. oh, I'm going to get this book and join you! (and I added your link to the linky)


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