Tsunami hits South Pacific Islands

ABC Australia (link) has several articles on the Tsunami that hits Samoa and countries in the South Pacific.   I feel that discussing natural disasters, and the devestation that they can bring to an area, is important for children.  In this case learn what a tsunami is and how they happen.  I would tend to discuss the devestation aspect in moderation but… Read more →

Travel with Kids? Of Course you Can!!

“You are lucky you travelled when you had the chance…….you know……before you had kids.” In my past life as a respectable employed member of society I worked as a buyer for an international grocery store chain.  Being a buyer meant having to meet with many over eager sales people hoping to make that major sale.  When someone new had an… Read more →

Shark Sanctuary to be Created in Palau

The Associated Press, though MSNBC (link) reports on the tiny Micronesian country of Palau and their efforts to create a shark sanctuary within their territory.  This is a good article to discuss with kids the problems of illegal fishing, in this case sharks for shark fin soup.  Logistically it will be almost impossible to enforce without international assistance or a change… Read more →

Dust Storm in Australia

I was fascinated by the videos provided on the ABC (Australia Broadcasting Corporation) Site (link) and the photos on the BBC site (link).  These are stunning images of a dust storm that has blanketed the East Coast of New South Wales Cin Australia, including Sydney.  Natural events such as this dust storm are fascinating to kids, at least I would have been, and… Read more →

Spider in the Car

The (not so) itsy bitsy spider repelled to her chair Down came the web for a face-to-face stare Out came the scream that shook the whole car Then the (not so) itsy bitsy spider was caught in a jar This poor attempt at a nursery rhyme and weak simulation photo was inspired by Annika’s face to face encounter with  a… Read more →

Discovering Turkmenistan

BBC News (link) gives a brief look into a country that many know little about.  When I was a kid I had this facination for remote and exotic places and I would love to learn about a place like Turkmenistan.  Just looking at places that are different than home can bring interest in learning about the world. Read more →