When the Good Crowds Out The Best

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I really enjoy gardening. And I particularly relish flowers. I love the splash of colour and beauty they bring to the garden. At the front of the house, in the shade of a birch tree, is one of my favorite flowerbeds. The light is soft and dappled there, so I can plant shade-loving flowers to my heart’s content.

This spring I set out my plants. I chose the varieties I particularly love and planted them with care. As I was planting I noticed that there were a number of poppies also growing in the soil. I like these poppies. They produce gorgeous bright blooms and bring a welcome pop of color into the garden.

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Look at them! Aren’t they lovely? How can I resist such loveliness? [Read more...]

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20 Simple Ways to Play With your Children

20 Simple Ways to Play With your Children-Rediscovered Families

Your children need lots of time with you in order to connect. The great thing is that your children just want to be with you. They don’t need expensive activities (although sometimes it’s nice to surprise them with something special) they just want to play. Children are experts in play, so one of the easiest things to do is to simply join in.

When my boys were young I found that the simplest activities were often the ones they enjoyed the most. This made it really easy to grab some time together.

Here is a list of some VERY simple things to do with your children. None of them require any preparation and many of them don’t need any equipment. There are a few suggestions that need one or two things, but you should be able to find most of them around the house. [Read more...]

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Are You Singing and Dancing With The Music?

Are You Singing and Dancing With The Music? Rediscovered Families

Recently I listened to a thought provoking audio clip by the late Alan Watts.

Alan Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker and was recognized as an interpreter of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.  Did you know that? I didn’t and I am British! In this clip Watts observes,

” In music, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition.

If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest, and there would be composers who wrote only finales. People would go to concerts just to hear one crashing chord — because that’s the end!”

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Children Are Not A Distraction

Just for fun, here’s a downloadable printable for you to use as you wish—right click it to download. If you prefer a pdf file click here.

Children are Not a Distraction Printable- Rediscovered Families

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