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We are taking advantage of the sunshine and seasonable weather to get out of doors.  We live in such a beautiful area - and we make the most of it, taking to the woods and exploring nearby lakes.  Fall is such a great time to get out in our nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness because summer crowds are gone and we can truly experience the solitude and beauty of the wilderness.  
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We have been taking part in fall pumpkin traditions: carving pumpkins, making pumpkin puree, making pumpkin baked goods and roasting pumpkin seeds.   I enjoy sharing these experiences with my family, with my students at school and with others with my writing.
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We have not only been feeding our family from our bountiful garden harvest, but also from our game harvests from the lakes and woods.   Just recently Otto harvested his first deer on a youth hunt accompanied by James, and the boys had luck fishing the other day and brought back a good meal of fish.
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The cross country running season is coming to a close.    Zoe had a great season and I did too in my role as an assistant coach.  This weekend our boys team will be competing at the state level as they advanced, as a team, to the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet.Around Here - 1 (3)
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It is time to say farewell to fall.   Soon our lakes will be freezing and rocky portages and trails will be covered with ice and snow.   The shift is in the air with cooler temperatures and already a few dustings of snow.   Winter weather will be here soon!

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?

 


Highlights High Five - July 2019

I am excited to share that I have another activity published in Highlights High Five Magazine:

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It is an honor to be contribute to this popular magazine.  I am happy to be a part of their mission:

Celebrating the joys of childhood and helping children become their best selves—creative, curious, caring & confident!

If you happen to get your hands on an issue, be sure to check out the activity!  

Thanks for reading!


Voyageurs National Park Feature - Minnesota Parent Magazine & Minnesota Good Age

This month, for Minnesota Premier Publications, I also had the opportunity to write a feature article on Voyageurs National Park for Minnesota Parent Magazine and Minnesota Good Age.  I am so pleased on how the features  came together:

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Pick up print copy or read the full issue of Minnesota Good Age by clicking HERE.

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Highlights High Five - May 2019

May is going to be a fun and busy month of publication for me!   Today it was fun to find my author copies of Highlights High Five Magazine in my mailbox.  

In the May 2019 issue I have a Hammered Leaf and Flower Prints activity published:

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IMG_4629It is an honor to be published in this popular magazine.  I am happy to be a part of their mission:

Celebrating the joys of childhood and helping children become their best selves—creative, curious, caring & confident!

If you happen to get your hands on an issue, be sure to check out the activity!  

Thanks for reading!


Be the Change

"the time is always right to do what is right "
-Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and with hope for good I share some of own little peaceful activism with links to some of my writings and school projects: 

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Be a Force for Goodness - (My January School Days Column in Minnesota Parent Magazine)

Screen Shot 2019-01-13 at 7.28.24 AMAt this Dividing Time, I Choose Kindness - (a post I wrote for mothering.com)

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Sharing Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy with Young Children - (a post I wrote for mothering.com)

Images4 Smart Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Now and in the Future - (a post I wrote for mothering.com)

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Click the image above or click here if you want to check out the activity I created and am facilitating in my kindergarten classroom.   I posted it free on teacherspayteachers.com if you would like to try it yourself or share with a teacher you know.

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M is for Martin  I completed this project with my kindergarten students earlier this week inspired by a post on New Creation Preschool.

 

Be inspired - be the change you want to see in the world!
 
 

 


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The seasons are starting to shift.   The landscape of my lush green summer trail runs is changing to where I am seeing yellows, browns and even an occasional red leaf making its appearance.  Although we are in summer mode subtle changes are hinting of the onset of fall.   

The rhythms of our activities are changing as well as we are gradually gearing up for the start of the new school year.   I have been in school, getting my classroom ready for my new students.  This year will mark my 18th year of teaching!

The cross-country running season has also started.   Our eighth grader is training hard, gearing up for the first meet next week.  I am helping with the team as an assistant coach, as I have been doing the past couple of years.  We have both been running and doing some other cross training all summer long.  I am working through a running injury (plantar fasciitis), but still on track to complete a half-marathon in late September.   My daughter and I have been inspired by the newly published book:  Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky.  There are lots of great recipes, tips and training advise including the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (pictured above) that my daughter has been making from the "Power Snacks" section of the book.  

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I have been keeping up with our bountiful garden and lining my pantry shelves with canned goods.  Lately, I have been busy pickling cucumbers and beans.   We are having a great year for tomatoes as well!   We're eating a lot of garden suppers (BLT's, salads, and quick pasta dishes celebrating and savoring the gifts of the garden.

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I am still working on new and different avenues of publication.   I recently received the exciting news (and payment!) from Highlights for Children that two of my submissions will be published in upcoming issues of Highlights High Five. 

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We are making progress with our sauna building!  James is working hard and the rest of us are pitching in when we can. We have the slab poured and we just started framing up the walls.   We will be slowing down just a bit as we wait for our trusses order.   We are so excited about this new addition to our homestead. 


Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - December

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The December issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  

My School Days Column this month is titled "How to Thrive This Winter," where I share suggestions and recommendations on how you can spend time outdoors with your children during cold Minnesota winters.  Check out the online article for more fun pics of my kiddos in action on the snowy trails.

Megan Devine - Minnesota ParentI also found opportunity to collaborate with Deanna Cook to feature a recipe in this issue for Coconut Macaroons from her most recent book Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake.

Check out the feature for a chance to win the book.

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Taproot Magazine :: Retreat to the Sauna

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Taproot Rest - Megan Devine - 3Yesterday afternoon I received my copy of Taproot Magazine - Issue 24 :: REST.   After much anticipation I was able to see the article I wrote months ago, Retreat to the Sauna, in print and hold the product of my contribution to this lovely magazine in my own hands.  

As a writer, the experience of turning an idea into word, and then sending it off for publication is a fun process that I am grateful that I am able to experience quite frequently with my column in Minnesota Parent Magazine, my experiences writing for mothering.com and my contributions to Taproot Magazine.  

Writing for magazines is a creative outlet that I thoroughly enjoy. Thoughts and ideas formulate in my mind, then are transferred thoughtfully and intentionally to words in print on my computer screen.   My completed articles are then sent to my editors, who polish my words, and graphic designers who complement my writing with photographs, working their magic with the layout on the pages.   When all is ready the magazines are published and sent out into the world for others to read.   When I pull up to my rural mailbox and receive a magazine that includes my contribution, I always get a rush of excitement and a feeling of joy and accomplishment.  

Writing for Taproot Magazine is a certain kind of special.  I hope you find opportunity to get your hands on a copy and read the article that I wrote highlighting my experiences with this cultural tradition that is so familiar in the area in which I live.

Here are just a few more pictures that I took for the article that did not make it to print that add more dimension and perspective to the story:

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