Peony Petals Peonies are early bloomers, generally around mid-May. They are popular flowers for decorating graves on Memorial Day. By early June the plants have lost their vigor. The stems are sagging from the heavy blooms, the petals are wilting and falling everywhere. What now? Leave it to an 8-year old. Toss them in the … Continue reading Peony Shower
Alone The lone chair sits on top of a hill overlooking the playground of a Tanzanian elementary school. The usual occupier of the chair is the manager of the school's lunch program, where she takes her break from the kitchen's heat. There is no other "furniture" in the area; no picnic tables, no benches, no … Continue reading Alone
Monkey Bars YAY! School is OUT! Swimming, bike riding, picnics, fireworks, later bedtime, flip flops, cousins, the Lake, parades, campfires, bare feet, the zoo, smores, sleepovers, parks, ice cream cones, sun screen, chiggers, blowing soap bubbles, road trips, boat rides, Fourth of July, annual growth measurement, family vacation, popsicles, bug repellent ... AND, conquering the … Continue reading School’s Out!
Nebraska schools open in mid-August now, even the colleges are starting before Labor Day anymore. In Europe, however, September 1st is the "standard" opening day of school. September 1st is almost like a national holiday. Kids dress up, families dress up for formal pictures and escort their kids to school. Flowers are presented to the … Continue reading Back to School
On a morning walk near Moshi, Tanzania I could hear young children's excited voices. Several kids were running toward me from both directions, all with big smiles on their faces. Soon, I was surrounded by a dozen boisterous youngsters, all dressed in the same school jersey, all with such uninhibited joy -- like school was … Continue reading School’s Out
September First is a very important and celebrated day in Estonia -- the first day of school. Flower shops lining the old cobblestone streets of Tallinn are very busy. Every child, from preschool age through high school, was carrying a flower or bouquet to their teacher. The students dress up and many are escorted to … Continue reading September First