Archive For The “Pontificating and Philosophizing” Category

Stocking Stuffing

By | December 8, 2011

Just a bit ago, I posted about slightly big holiday gifts that you could get, that would encourage your kids to brave the winter and get outside. But they were all a bit expensive.  Without commenting on the various levels of gift giving and grousing on philosophically, here are some smaller, “stocking stuffer” (what would […]

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Christmas Is an Outdoor Holiday

By | December 6, 2011

There was a time when people spent much more time outdoors. Life was agrarian, nomadic, or often migratory. The Native Americans in the Great Lakes region would spend the winters camping away from the big lakes. They might plant a few crops in the spring before heading north for a summer of pulling fish out […]

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Mountain Biking Grows Up

By | November 19, 2011

Once upon a time, a new sport was born. And men as well as some women took part in it. It started out as a low-rent activity. Road cyclists would scour junkyards for old cruiser bikes, and thought it might be fun to climb to the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Northern California and see […]

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The Beetle and the Damage Done: Kids Manipulating Nature?

By | November 17, 2011

I don’t know why it took me this long to write this story. It’s been the underlying current of my entire life. We don’t need to go into psychological reasons why this might be, though my own mind offers a few quite quickly. Nevertheless, let me get to my point. I think it’s good for […]

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We Pick Up the Gauntlet: You Will Find Us Outside This Week, Every Day

By | November 14, 2011

Active Kids Club has laid down a small challenge for this the week of Nov 14–19. They want to see us parents taking our kids outside every day. We want to see that too, so we’re on board and encourage you all to take part. Here at ODAJF going out for an hour every afternoon […]

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The Illegal Outdoors

By | October 27, 2011

A few years after moving to Scripps Ranch, Rick started reading articles in the community’s newsletter about the ‘illegal use’ of open space. “Unlike where we had lived before, kids were actually out there running around in the trees, building forts, and playing with their imaginations,” he recalls. “They were putting up bike ramps to […]

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Of Cornfields and Common Sense

By | October 14, 2011

Mamas, don’t 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” I’m sure you’ve each and all heard about it by now. I’ve seen it on CNN and the big Boston stations. There is a […]

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Monkey’s Uncle Hits the Big Time!

By | October 4, 2011

If you haven’t seen it yet, our very own Monkey’s Uncle has a guest post on Rants from Mommyland this morning! It’s called Foreign and Domestic Enemies of the Involved Dad. Both of us writing for this site are “involved” dads. While I realize a lot of men don’t have the time we have to […]

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“Simplify, Simplify”

By | September 20, 2011

“Don’t miss the truth for a stupid sideshow.  Don’t confuse the cup with the contents it holds” —Vigilantes of Love, “Drunk On The Tears” I read once that it was an old Native American saying that you should never own more than you can swim across a river with.  Maybe not absolutely practicable, but an interesting […]

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The Practice of What You Preach

By | August 16, 2011

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” —James Arthur Baldwin They say if you give a woman a fish, she’ll eat for a day. But if you teach her how to fish, she’ll eat for the rest of her life. We’ve all heard […]

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Getting Comfortable with Being… Uncomfortable

By | August 9, 2011

Discomfort. I know, it’s not a comfortable subject (Ugh. Sorry!). Seriously, though, when we talk about kids and the outdoors and teaching them about activities that we do outdoors, we as adults need to recognize something. Sometimes the things we do outside involve just a bit of suffering. And for grown-ups (some of us, anyway), […]

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