From the monthly archives: May 2011

What Are Fairies?

On May 18, 2011 By

Welcome back to The Wonder of Childhood. In the April issue, I promised that I would do a bit of  analysis on a fairy tale each month. But before we begin this, let’s explore the whole arena of “elementals” or what are commonly referred to as fairies. Are they real or “just a fantasy for […]

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Simple felt puppets made of wool roving or wool felt and a silk cloth are the basis for an easy and lovely puppet story. This month Suzanne Down brings us verses and pictures of a delicate felt butterfly to fly and a turtle that creeps along, then swims so free.



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On May 17, 2011 By
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Food for the Soul

On May 15, 2011 By

One Family’s  Journey Towards Whole Healthy Nutritious Food


As full time farmers in Michigan, growing, making and providing most of our own food is a standard part of each and every day. We have a small herd of Nubian dairy goats and a large apple orchard. Still, it is expensive for us […]

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Homemaking as a Social Art

On May 14, 2011 By


A Book Review by Nancy Parsons
Homemaking as a Social Art: Creating a Home for Body, Soul and Spirit Veronika van Duin


I longed for a book like this when I was a young mother and wife. I felt so alone in my desire to create a home in […]

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In the earth so very deep,                                                Sit on ground
For many years he does sleep.                         […]

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Daer Readers,


In honor of Father’s Day, I am delighted to bring you an excellent article by Waldorf teacher Christine Natale on the Waldorf Dad: Archetype Versus Stereotype, in which Christine explores what it means to be a mother and father today. It can be found here.





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By Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie

I am delighted to introduce you to this new column, Parenting with Soul.

Soulful Parenting is about aligning our beliefs, our feelings and our actions. It is conscious, creative and dynamic, shifting to meet the situation at hand. It is about being the author of our life. Authentic author. Relaxed author. […]

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Green Wonder of May

On May 10, 2011 By


Ahh, the lovely Month of May. Images of children dancing around maypoles, Mother’s day and the sudden burst of verdant green all come to mind. I look back on parenting my boys when they were small and realize that some of our best moments of wonder occurred during May when the earth seems […]

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By Joyce Gallardo

Wherever a baby is born—in a brightly-lit, shining hospital, in the dimness of thatched hut, under an open starry  sky, in the mother’s bed—it is the mosaic of faces, voices, and hands that receive him that are the first messages about the world he has been born into.

Some cultures have […]

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