Nice quote

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaimon

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Embracing Video Games and tv

Facebook Post by Caren Knox about feeling grateful for technology that enriches their family's lives - and about moving from limitations to abundance and expansiveness by embracing that which brings them joy - 6/2013: 
Just thinking how grateful I am for the technology that allows us to watch a show we love, years after it was on the air, as simply as clicking a few buttons. We talked last night about why we didn't watch Firefly when it was originally airing. We did have a TV when it was on, though we had lived without a TV (MY choice, forced on the guys) for almost a year right before that. I felt so virtuous, being TV-free! I felt like I was protecting myself from my "addictive nature". I felt like I was protecting Evan & Seth from marketing that would diminish their connection to their "true selves". So, wow, now I'm grateful, too, for the path that took me to fully living in the world we're in, now, rather than some fantasy/mythical world of only wooden toys, limited exposure to technology (a myth itself! How would that even be possible?!), imagination/creativity expressed only in ways I approved of, i.e., nonviolent, "nice", not based on TV shows. Grateful to be living in a world of experience, choice, richness, and joy, rather than a world of arbitrary limits, fear, keeping tallies, guilt, and control.
Watching Firefly now doesn't undo the past, doesn't erase the small world I attempted to have us live in, but every moment of happiness now helps heal the hurtful results of that attempt at limitation. It's OK to be joyful. It's OK to love what you love, even if you love TV shows, and the ease of books on a Kindle. There is space for those things AND the wooden toys AND the printed books with their tactile enjoyment AND video games AND walks in the woods AND AND AND...

Good "With the Family" blogpost titled Proximity and Technology and Relationships

Embracing Minecraft (I LOVE this page!)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Adventure Girls

Adventure Girls is a group for girls that meets once a month in Waterville, Maine to learn about women in the workforce in non-traditional jobs.

The website ( states: "An interactive program for girls in grades 2-6, Adventure Girls gives girls the opportunity to meet once a month with women who are defying gender stereotypes and challenging notions of what a girl or woman “should” do or be. Adventure Girls brings girls together with college mentors and women facilitators to learn how mountaineers, race car drivers, boat captains, and other daring women chose to do what they do and how they've found the courage to follow their dreams."

Dick and Jane Educational Cookies!! What will they think of next?!

They are delicious!!!  They are crisp and sort of taste like one of the girl scout cookies that I used to love!  I also love them because I am allergic to peanuts nuts and these are peanut-free and nut-free!!!

Belfast Coop (in Maine) has them, or you can check their website for other locations in the northeast.  As of now, their website states that they'll even ship to your home.

Currently there are three versions of cookies; Presidents, States and Spanish/English.


States and