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Into Something Better – November 2017 – Ontario Canada

November 30, 2017

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelense our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.

On a drizzly Sunday afternoon in early November, bribed away from screens with popsicles, we ventured across the field of winter wheat to where the bush and the corn stubble meet. There children became children again. They climbed and balanced. They poked things, threw things, collected things. They looked with eyes wide open at the changing seasons. Fall on the ground, but still green peering through at us. We noticed and we saw. It was the most glorious of fall afternoons.

Up next in our little circle is Kelly Sutton and her family’s Thanksgiving spent in Yosemite National Park (I know I am more than a little jealous!)

Up next in our little circle is Kelly Sutton and her family’s Thanksgiving spent in Yosemite National Park (I know I am more than a little jealous!)

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Advent calendar

November 23, 2017

I am adamant that we don’t put up any Christmas decorations until December 1st, but I caved and put up our homemade advent calendar a week early. Each envelope has an activity for that day to celebrate the season: cut a tree, bake cookies, make toaster marshmallows, donate food to the animal shelter, deliver coffee to teachers, pay it forward in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru, make a gingerbread house, sleep under the tree. We can’t wait to start!