This past weekend my son and I went for a walk on the Sierra Trail [near Beacon, New York]…He wanted to find animal bones and I was looking for inspiration for one of my upcoming children’s workshops on Animals in Winter. Neither of us went home disappointed. He found the skull of a small mammal next to a decayed tree stump…and I was able to spot pine cones, acorns, all sorts of berries and a magnificent array of mushrooms which will provide sustenance to the wildlife in the woods this winter. When we returned I realized we had found a few other things too: We were both calm, content, relaxed, tired and more joyful than we were when we left the house.
Stepping out the front door
November 10, 2008
Photo by Henry Domke
The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm that I belong to, Common Ground Farm, publishes a monthly newsletter by and for its members. The following excerpt, by the farm’s educational director, struck me as relevant, and served as a reminder (again) that although Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is critical in this field, it’s important to balance the academic and the quantitative with individual, qualitative experiences that come straight from the heart:
I should know by now that the hardest part of a hike is taking that first step out the front door.