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Honored to have a piece about #poetry  in the current issue of Poets' Quarterly. 
Laura Weldon When people tell me their largest stories I am helpless as a page under pen. A woman told me how, as a child of 11, she struck out when her grandparents were ignored rather than served at a restaurant ...
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No more pressure, just pleasure. 
Shrink it, monster it, muffin tin it, class it up. Healthy food just got more playful.
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Sweet, chewy, healthy gummy worms made out of what? Zucchini. We're not kidding.
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Experts assure Aiden’s parents that their son must not be allowed to indulge in his love of bike-related learning except as a reward for meeting incremental goals in school and therapy. Aiden’s mother says when she follows their advice Aiden becomes withdrawn, often barely speaking at all. “He’s himself when it has anything to do with bikes,” she says.  “He just comes alive.”
Aiden wants to remind us ---the future relies on ideas and solutions.
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“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
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This is the cover slide for one of my workshops! I love this quote so much.
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Science tells us brain training programs like +Lumosity don't work. For one person dear to me, they wasted hundreds of hours he could have been engaging in what actually does enhance brain function. I'd like to know why my local public radio stations accept Lumosity sponsorships. I'm looking at you +WKSU and +90.3 WCPN.  
Brain training programs exploit people like my dad. Get the facts.
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Too much of what passes for education splits children in two, and throws away half. Children are turned into little exam-takers far too early; to think of infants being sent home with homework to do is to contemplate a sort of wilful maiming.

The half that’s thrown away is the body, and all the ways it can move and feel and be intelligent and cause delight. And of all the things the body can do, the richest, the most interesting, the most emotionally and intellectually fulfilling thing is music. 
The Big Question: a little learning is a dangerous thing. So what should we spend most time studying? Philip Pullman, Rose Tremain and five others choose their favourite subjects—whether they already exist or not
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Yeah, Blazing Saddles not so great for kids....
Films we remember fondly but incompletely, only noticing they're not child-friendly as we're letting our kids watch them.
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Hold your breath! 
Scientists now suspect that a major cause of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's could be the air we breathe.
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This being the case it would stand to reason that autism could be related as well
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“Just as the Calendar Began to Say Summer”

I went out of the schoolhouse fast
and through the gardens and to the woods,
and spent all summer forgetting what I’d been taught---
two times two, and diligence, and so forth,
how to be modest and useful, and how to succeed and so forth,
machines and oil and plastic and money and so forth.
By fall I had healed somewhat, but was summoned back
to the chalky rooms and the desks, to sit and remember
the way the river kept rolling its pebbles,
the way the wild wrens sang through they hadn’t a penny in the bank,
the way the flowers were dressed in nothing but light.

Mary Oliver
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Writer, editor, relentless optimist, awe junkie.  

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I'm the author of Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning, and a collection of poetry titled TendingMy upcoming book is titled Subversive Cooking. I write and serve as editor for a number of periodicals, print and online.  

My background includes teaching non-violence workshops, writing poetry with nursing home residents, facilitating support groups, and developing community enrichment workshops. 

These days I mostly edit books, write, and do other hermit-y things. My poetry has won several minor awards, the most notable a third grade prize from Miss Barker (which included a chocolate bar.) 

I live on a small farm with my family where we raise bees, cows, chickens, produce, and the occasional hair-brained scheme. 


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