Posts Tagged ‘children’

A Lesson From Elephants About Family Disintegration

WARNING: This material is apt to be provocative, and for some, offensive. THE FIRST TIME I SAW ELEPHANTS IN THE WILD – in their habitat – was in 1982, in Africa, on the Serengeti. We had approached a “herd” of nervous elephants who quickly formed a circle while their “leader” trumpeted us a clear message: […]


Kids Thrive on Memories, But . . .

May 7, 2015 – quite a day! Our book, Wonderlust, was launched at the Marriott Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, before a packed house of 200 people. Each attendee who contributed $100 or more to one of four designated charities – Pinellas Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Watch, Morean Arts Center or WEDU/PBS – got an […]


A lesson from the Sequoias – growing tall, straight, and strong …

One hundred fifty million years ago, give or take, giant Sequoias and Redwoods grew throughout the United States. By the turn of the 20th Century, Paul Bunyan’s friends had logged these giant trees nearly out of existence. In 1907, only a relatively few, small tracts of land north of San Francisco, California, with Sequoias and […]


Gone Fishin’ – Getting “Unplugged” in the Real World

The February 2011 issue of the Smithsonian includes an “Interview” with Jane McGonigal, a computer game developer from San Francisco. The theme of the interview is that computer games can make people smarter and help humanity. The games Ms. McGonigal develop take place in a virtual reality, but are designed to encourage players to action […]


Learning to See

The other day I “rummaged” through some old writings and came across an article I wrote in 2003 for the Morean Arts Center, titled Learning to See. With the coming “Disappearing Florida” show starting at the “MAC” on January 14, 2011 and the MAC’s Young Artist’s Program it seems like a good time to bring […]


Power of Play

Once upon a time … There were no video games, no iPads, no iPods, no cable or satellite TV, no texting, no Facebook, no iPhones … When children were at play, it was ‘play.’ Absorbing play. Enthusiastic play. Sometimes with others, sometimes alone with a lot of ‘let’s pretend.’ Sometimes inside, but most of the […]