hey, it’s fall

well, fall-ish.

yesterday evening i felt that a change in the weather was coming.  i walked around the yard and realized the intense heat was fading…at least in the evenings.  

it makes me excited to spend more time outside.  so appropriately my book stack has been rearranged a bit. for those up north it probably looks like a spring stack but in miami, winter means more time outside and growing things.

last child in the woods:  saving our children from nature-deficit disorder – i read about this in leonard sax’s book boys adrift.  it’s a discussion about why it is getting harder and harder for kids to be outside and the problems that arise because of this.  it makes me feel like i should only read it while outside.  from the dust-jacket:

Some startling facts:  By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970.  Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community.  The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind.

you grow girl:  the groundbreaking guide to gardening – i’ve got a yard now and plenty of space for pots and such.  i heard of this book a couple of years ago and i’m a fan of the website.  check it out.  it makes gardening seem a little less overwhelming for me.  

autumn by gerda muller – this sweet book is part of a set of four on the seasons. no words, just great pictures focusing on fall.  we’ve had these for awhile but this is the first time i pulled it out that elisha was enamored with it.  the pictures satisfied his (newfound) love of dogs and blueberries in oatmeal.


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