Book Review: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


Author: Helen Macdonald Title: H is for Hawk Narrators: Helen Macdonald Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2015) Summary/Review: After the death of her father, Macdonald works through her grief by adopting and training a young goshawk, Mabel whom she calls “Thirty Ounces of Death in a Feathered Jacket.” This lyrical book is part memoir and…

Photopost: North River Wildlife Sanctuary


On Sunday, as a pre-birthday activity, my family & I visited the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, MA.  While the kids weren’t so into out (excepting the nature play area which was a lot of fun), the scenery was quite beautiful on a mid-Autumn afternoon. There were two loops to walk: one through Woodlands…

Photopost: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary


Some photos from the beautiful Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, home to gorgeous woodlands, fields, and marshes that feel a 100-miles away from the city. Related Posts: Audubon Nature Festival Wachusett Meadow Woolapalooza Boston Nature Center

Book Review: How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson


Author: Scott D. Sampson Title: How To Raise a Wild Child Publication Info: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 Summary/Review: Dr. Scott of Dinosaur Train fame wrote this book about how parents and other concerned adults can inspire children to “Get up, get outside, and get into nature.”  This grew from the concern over the increasing disconnect of children…

Book Review: Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca P. Cohen


Author: Rebecca P. Cohen Title: Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids Publication Info: Sourcebooks (2011) Summary/Review: This book exists because parent Rebecca Cohen asked herself: “What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along? It would be easier…

Photopost: Wachusett Meadow


For Father’s Day this year, we once again visited one of the most beautiful places on earth, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA.  I guess it’s a tradition now. Previously: Photopost: Wachusett Meadow (2012)

Book Review: Cape Cod by Henry David Thoureau


Author: Henry David Thoureau Title: Cape Cod Publication Info: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 1987 [originally published in 1865] ISBN: 0140170022 Summary/Review: This book collects essays Thoreau wrote on several trips to Cape Cod and was published after his death.  Thoreau’s great journeys were rarely far from his home in Concord, and yet the descriptions of every…

Photopost: Wachusett Meadows


We celebrated Father’s Day with a hike around the beautiful Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA. Related Posts: Woolapalooza Audubon Nature Fastival Boston Nature Center

Lilac Sunday


Jamaica Plain continued welcoming in the spring with Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum.  We took some time to pedal our bikes and sniff the petals.  Here are a few photos. Related Posts: Lilac Sunday, YEAH! Fall Foliage Festival at Arnold Arboretum Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday