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In: retreat

Hiking on a brisk winter morning  in the American southwest desert.  Topping a ridge we see a line of low trees about half mile away – we investigate.  We first hear a gurgle of water and as we near a small seasonal flow, then see the gently flowing water, at times spilling through a riffle of stones, at other times forming small eddies with golden leaves floating in gentle circles, sometimes moving slightly and losing a few leaves downstream while capturing others in its new spiraling location. Dappled light, water gurgling over a lichen and moss covered log, the smell of recently dry vegetation, now musty with the new moisture.  A large flat igneous rock just above the stream, still cold from the recent near freezing dawn, offers a fine venue for immersing oneself in these wonders.

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During this time of social isolation, moms (and dads!) are spending a lot of time discovering new and creative ways to facilitate their children’s education while also creating space for fun and entertainment. It’s not easy!

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