Emerald Ash Borer: Foreign Agent

You can’t spend too much time outside before you realize that there’s a lot of death and dying sprinkled throughout nature’s celebration of life. That’s part of the deal, though, right? Living and dying? Growth and decay? To a point. Unfortunately, a lot of the dying we see these days is not all that natural…

At The Edge Of The Continent

“Low ebb, high tide. The lowest ebb and highest tide… At the edge of the continent” —R.E.M., “I Remember California” You know the feeling. You show up at the beach, and it’s a nice day with a soft breeze, and… “Hey, Dad, what is this?” And sure, it’s a crab. But don’t you wish you…

No Bikes in Narnia: A Review of Wildwood by Colin Meloy

At first glance, Wildwood sounds familiar. Evil magical woman leader? Check. Kids as heroes? Yes. Ominous canines as femme fatales’s pawns? 10-4! Talking animals? Oh, yeah. Now that a second book is on its way, the set is even called “Wildwood Chronicles.” I love the Decemberists. If you didn’t know, this is the band for…

Butterfly in the Kitchen: Our Experience Of Metamorphosis

“I can’t believe my mind! … It’s glorious!” Now, I don’t know about you, but these are not words I typically hear from my six-year-old. They were prompted by the “birth” of our Monarch butterfly, which she promptly named Glory. It’s not that The Pretender (she wants to play make-believe ALL THE TIME) isn’t impressed…

A Greener Giving Tree

As part of my job, I’ve been reading The Giving Tree many many times lately, and my formerly rosy opinion of this tale of an apple tree’s friendship with a boy has changed a bit. At the start of the book, we should take it more seriously when the boy plays “King of the Forest”….

Living in the Trees

This post will overlap a small bit with my post on simplicity. If you haven’t read that one, you might give it a read. ******* These days it would be easy to think kids have changed. That all they want is video games and microwave food. Why aren’t they like we were as kids? Well,…

Road Map to the Stars

Seeing stars is no longer as easy as it once was. Light pollution is a pervasive bummer. It’s tragic to consider that my generation is likely the first in all of human history to grow up without a constant nighttime backdrop of stars. I was in my teens before I saw the Milky Way.(See the…

Don’t Axe Me!: Advice on Axe Maintenance and Use

For you all who dont know, this site is written by two guys who spend a lot of time with their kids. The subject matter fits in with a lot of the mommy-blogging sites, but every now and then our content becomes a little more rugged. If you are going to take your kids camping,…

Five Tips for Taking Great Outdoor Pictures

Photography is a great excuse to get outside. The kids can be the subject of your photos, or you can let them run around with the camera collecting pictures of stuff they find. Or maybe you create a natural scavenger hunt. At some point however, it’s nice to let the kids play while you snap…

Of Cornfields and Common Sense

Mamas, dont let your babies grow up to be cowboys Willie Nelson This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang, Take a picture here, take a souvenir R.E.M., Cuyahoga Im sure youve each and all heard about it by now. Ive seen it on CNN and the big Boston stations. There is a…