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February 19, 2015
Nourishing Talent
Dear Genius

Learn Local History While Volunteering
Christine: Tea Can Move Upstream

Steve: The King of the Giraffes
This Week
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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  Nourishing Talent

(ABC_Feb 2015) WheretheWildThingsAre.jpgEver wonder how our most tender, creative artists -musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, scientists, mathemeticans, doctors, writers, entrepreneurs et.al.-  develop their talents to the fullest and themselves become fulfilled, or sadly sometimes not?  We parents and teachers are the front line for nourishing, teaching and encouraging.   It's an awesome responsibility.  When we are entrusted with a child who shows a precocious ability in a particular area, we strive to find the balance between supporting a passion and providing a broad spectrum of childhood experiences.

I've spent many years nourishing talented individuals: children, teachers, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, many of them geniuses as creative, talented and delightfully "wacky" as any you'll ever meet. I think I'm good at it. Then I read about Ursula Nordstrom, a master at nourishing talent.  Can we learn from her?

Volunteering to help clean up and maintain Evergreen Cemetery might be a good project for tweens and teens. Working alongside adults, observing gravestones, becoming curious about someone's history, doing some geneology research -who knows what benefits could accrue from service. The Monday morning time is good for homeschoolers, however MAH welcomes groups wishing to make special arrangements to serve.

Christine comes up with a science topic about tea leaves, one which might lend itself to experiments at home.  Click here for information about the March county-wide Science and Engineering Fair.

If you are fortunate enough to have tickets for "Building resilience, self-discipline and a zest for life in children and teens," a public lecture at Cabrillo College, with Dr. Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author and parenting expert, enjoy!   Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved in advance at http://tinyurl.com/DrWendyMogel.

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Have a lovely Valentine weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

  Dear Genius

How Ursula Nordstrom, the Greatest Patron Saint of Modern Childhood Stood, Up for Creativity Against Commercial Cowardice

by Maria Popova

"Oh hell, it just boils down to: you just can't explain this sort of basic wonderful stuff to some adults."

Hardly anyone has raised more conscientious, imaginative children than legendary Harper & Row children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom (February 2, 1910-October 11, 1988), who brought to life such multi-generational classics as Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (1947), E. B. White's Charlotte's Web (1952), Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (1963), and Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree (1964). Nordstrom was more than an editor to her authors and artists - she was often their therapist, confidante and friend, and always their creative guardian and greatest champion. Above all, Nordstrom was a fearless custodian of the child's world and imaginative experience, to which unimaginative grownups so often lay perilous claim, and of the artist's creative integrity in the face of growing commercial pressures toward marketable conformity and safe, commodified, politely pedestrian storytelling. Modern childhood's most benevolent patron saint turned out to be a childless gay woman living through the height of consumerism in America and yet managing to envision, publish, and defend children's books that were not forgettable commodities but masterpieces that stood the test of time and enchanted generations.

Her deeply lovable spirit blossoms in the pages of Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom  - an endlessly rewarding volume by children's book historian Leonard Marcus, which also gave us...continued>>>>

Maria Popova's Brain Pickings has a free weekly interestingness digest. It comes out on Sundays and offers the week's best articles. Here's an example. Like? Sign up.

 

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  Learn Local History While Volunteering

(Special Event Images / Graphics) EvergreenCemetery2.jpgEvergreen Cemetery volunteers make a difference in our community, discover history, and create a vibrant place for learning. In just the past two years, over 300 Evergreen volunteers donated over 2,500 hours working at the cemetery, and hundreds more hours on historical research.

Help transform Evergreen into a place to connect and learn local history.  We need gardeners, tour guides, event coordinators, local history experts, librarians, researchers and more.

Every Monday you can help with pulling weeds, trash pickup, moving green waste, a variety of yard work, minor construction projects, and searching for missing grave markers. Gloves and tools are provided. A weekly light lunch is served by volunteers at noon.

For more information or to arrange a large group visit on another day besides Monday email Sibley:  sibley {at} 180santacruz.org

More info about the cemetery in general can be found on the MAH Evergreen Cemetery webpage.

February 23, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (831) 429-1964

  Christine: Tea Can Move Upstream

(Photos General) TeaImage.jpgScientists are funny people. They always like to know how things work. When they see something they don't understand, they ask questions. And sometimes they find new science.

Sebastian Bianchi was making tea while he was a physics undergraduate at University of Havana. He noticed that a few tea leaves ended back in the kettle. To do that required that the tea leaves flow upstream. What???

He eventually allied with several other physicists to try to understand what he saw. They ran experiments using two tanks of water, one higher and one lower. They put tea leaves and chalk in the lower tank. When they checked the upper tank they found tea and chalk. 

The researchers proved the effect is real. Now the big question is why...Find out why>>>

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here

 

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  Steve: The King of the Giraffes

(ABC_Feb 2015) SteveSpitalny.jpgMarshall Rosenberg passed away last week. The world lost a great agent for change! Marshall described and developed a communication practice he named Non Violent Communication (NVC), sometimes called Compassionate Communication. It is much more than a communication technique, it is a practice to reframe your thinking and your perspective on situations and is a path to move beyond blame and shame habits to an art of real connecting.

My own thinking about communication owes a debt of gratitude to Marshall Rosenberg.

His basic premise is that we try to become conscious of our own feelings and needs and how those drive our actions and reaction patterns. His idea is that all action is driven by attempts to get one's needs met. When we change how we think and are able to see behavior as strategy to get needs met we stop our blaming and fault-finding. We can apply this to everyone we interact with or think about.

NVC as articulated by Marshall Rosenberg has the primary goal of creating and enhancing connection. One of our most basic human needs is connection yet so often how we think and what we say creates obstacles to that connecting. 

(ABC_Feb 2015) ChamakandaGiraffe.jpgMarshall laid out a structure for speaking the "hard' things in ways that support connection, and he aptly described how the communication patterns that do not enhance connecting are so prevalent and tenacious in our world whether on a personal level, or in large group interactions.

Did you even wonder why I chose the image with the giraffe on my website and blog? 

Read on because the world needs these ideas>>>>>>>>

Explore the world of the young child with me, Stephen Spitalny. I am a writer, speaker and early childhood consultant. I was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years. My book "Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will" was published in 2012. I now offer workshops, coaching and mentoring in the U.S. and around the world.

  This Week

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February in the Parks

 

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School Corner

LitWits Master Class 9-12, The Pearl 2/13 & 20

 

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Winter Open House 2/21

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K - 8, Mornings In the Kindergarten 2/21

 

Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Young Writers Prgram for Teachers 2/21

 

St. Francis Cabrini School, Free Dyslexia Presentation 2/26


Learn to Discover, STEM Workshops for Children

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Marshall Rosenberg provides us with the most effective tools to foster health and relationships.

Nonviolent Communication connects soul to soul.

It is the missing element in what we do.


Deepak Chopra

March 6 & 7
Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair

March 6, 2- 6pm Project set-up


March 7, 5-7pm  Open to public

 

Contact: Laurie Stewart 

831 466-5802

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville

Date Nights

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Junebugs Gym
2nd Saturdays
5:45 - 8:45

 

Ohana Gym
3rd Saturday
5:30 - 8:30pm

 

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Parenting is "thrilling, exhausting, hilarious, fun, frustrating, rewarding.... and requires constant vigilance..."

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Tune up Your Parenting Skills


February 

Workshops for  Parents with Babies to Teens

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 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Rio Theater
Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel!
Date: Every day (Feb 20-Feb 22) at 7:00pm

National Geographic and the North Face present the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz at 7 pm on Feb 20 - 22. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) BANFF_DamNation_Ben_Knight_airFreshing_2015_.jpgThe 2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 39th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit ucscrecreation.com.

This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by UCSC Colleges, Housing & Educational Services (CHES), New Leaf Community Markets, Ryan Brandt M.D. & Family, the Bicycle Trip, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Good Times & SantaCruz.Com, Allterra Solar, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Greenspace, Five Branches University, Redwood Canopy Tours & Velocity, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym

Show time: 7:00 pm
For more information visit ucscrecreation.com


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