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Soothing children after nightmares and when to encourage self-comfort BY ASHLEY BAKER
As a mother of five, I have had several experiences with my children waking in the middle of the night to nightmares. My oldest child woke up several times a week for months during his fourth year of life, and I have spent ample time and energy researching ways to deal with this situation. Most children experience these types of bad dreams and nightmares from time to time. Scary and frightening dreams can start in children as early as 2 years old and often peak between the ages of 3 and 6. Children may only experience these scary dreams a few times a year, or they may be plagued by these nightmares much more often. “About one quarter of children have at least one nightmare every week. A common
theme is being chased by a frightening person or animal,” according to the Better Health Channel. The cause of nightmares in children is not exactly known in great detail, but experts believe they are due to the typical stressors of growing up. Often times, children who have experienced a traumatic event in their life tend to have new and frequent nightmares for the next six months or so. Below is a list of additional possible causes as to why your child may be having nightmares or bad dreams: • Major changes at home, such as moving, attending a new school or the birth of a sibling • A traumatic event that occurred, such as parental separation, a natural disaster, accident or injury • Being ill and having a high fever • Having an active imagination, read-
• Immediately tend to your child when ing scary books or seeing scary imagery in movies or television shows they wake from a bad dream. As parents, there are certain things we Let them know they are safe and that is can do to help our children cope with was not real. these nightmares, as well as ways we can teach them to self-soothe when one occurs: >> DREAMS continued on Page 5
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Kids Marathon set for June 1 at PA City Pier BY VICTORIA JONES & PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Kids across the North Olympic Peninsula are gearing up for the 16th annual Kids Marathon, part of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles. Just like adult racers, kids are training to be in shape for this fun run. Slated for Saturday, June 1, the Kids Marathon starts at 3 p.m. at City Pier. Annually, about 400 kids participate. On race day, the actual marathon course will belong to the kids. They will run 1.2 miles, out and back, at City Pier under the same finish line as the marathon. This event is tailored to all kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, but all ages through sixth grade are welcome to participate. Parents are welcome and encouraged to run/walk with their kids or wait at the finish line — camera ready! Course marshals will be staged along the course for safety. Pre-register for the Kids Marathon at nodm.com/kids-marathon, or come down to City Pier the day of the race between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to pre-register. The fee to enter, per child, is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the race. All kids will receive a tie-dye T-shirt, race bib before the race, plus a drawstring bag filled with goodies, a medal and a popsicle at the finish line. On the day of the race, CrossFit
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Using the NODM Mileage Log, found at tinyurl.com/PDN-MileageLog2019, kids track 25 miles for 6 to 10 weeks leading up to marathon weekend. They set their own weekly goals, record their miles and earn rewards. Find tips for setting weekly goals at nodm.com/ kids-marathon/kids-marathon-training.
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Remember that every child is different. What works for some may not work for others, so be patient. Over time, as the child grows and talks through their dreams with you, they will begin to realize it is OK and not real when they wake up, and they will learn to put themselves back to sleep and selfsoothe. If you still feel stuck or not sure how to help, and the dreams do not improve, then cognitive behavioral therapy and retraining the brain can be very useful tools. Remember that every child is different. What works for some may not work for others, so be patient. Our job as parents is to make them feel safe and comforted, and as long as we do this while remaining calm, anything can be tackled and overcome.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ashley Baker is a military veteran of four years in the U.S. Air Force. She is a mother of five children, ages 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. She loves to coach basketball and play all types of sports. Baker and her husband spend their free time actively involved with their kids and their activities, as well as hiking, camping and being outdoors in general. She moved to Port Angeles two months ago from the Tacoma area and absolutely loves it here. Baker has a master’s degree in public affairs-emergency management, with ample coursework in psychology, early childhood education and leadership.
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• Cuddle your child and talk calmly. Reassure them that they are OK. • Accept and appreciate your child’s very real fear and feelings. Do not get angry with them. • Be willing and prepared to stay with your child until they have calmed down. Some ways to encourage them to calm down may be things such as singing them a song, reading them a story or getting them a glass of water. • Be willing to talk to your child about their bad dream. According to kidshealth.org, you might say something like, “You had a bad dream, but now you’re awake and everything is OK.” Reassure your child that the scary stuff in the nightmare didn’t happen in the real world. Whatever you do, be sure to avoid things that can make the situation worse. Avoid ignoring the child. If you refuse to tend to their needs and be there to comfort them, it will only make the situation worse. Don’t get angry. Expressing anger and frustration at your child will only escalate the situation. Remember, the calmer you can stay, the easier it will be to calm them down. Don’t let them sleep with you. As a mother, I know this is a tough one. But believe me when I say this is not the best route. Allowing the child to sleep with you — while it may be a quicker resolution — will only create more long-term issues. There are steps we can take as parents to help prevent bad dreams and nightmares from happening. While it is not possible to prevent nightmares 100 percent, we may be able to reduce them. • Ensure your child does not watch scary or frightening television shows. • Consider the stressors your child may be facing, either at home or at school, and find ways to minimize those. • Have a regular bedtime and wake-up time. • Have a sleep routine that helps them slow down and feel safe and secure as they drift off to sleep. This might include a bath, a snuggle from you, reading or some quiet talk about the pleasant events of the day. • If you really feel stuck and seem to not be getting anywhere, you can always seek professional help through your child’s doctor. It is best that even if we help soothe our child after a nightmare, we encourage them to fall back to sleep on their own and let them know you are just steps away if they wake up again.
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with children BY JENNIFER KNIGHT
Every day is a good day for sharing poetry with children. Poetry is a powerful tool to use with children of all ages, bolstering vocabulary and developing critical thinking skills. Poetry encourages the reader to stop and reflect — two skills that are often missing in today’s fast-paced world but that are important to a child’s academic success. Poems can be a wonderful springboard into conversation about the world. Here are a few favorite poetry collections available at the North Olympic Library System: The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems (2019) Edited by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Richard Jones A diverse array of poets offers instructions on how to “do everything,” from meeting a
hedgehog to writing a poem. Daniel Finds a Poem (2016) By Micha Archer When a young boy sees a sign for a poetry competition, he asks different animals throughout a park about what poetry “is” and derives his own definition from their response. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) By Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Remarkable, stunning collage illustrations by Coretta Scott King and award-winning artist Ekua Holmes accompany fresh poems written in the style of famous poets and offer a jumping-off point for future exploration. A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems (2009) By Deborah Ruddell; illustrated by Joan Rankin If ever there was a collection of
poems that reflected the outdoors, this is it. From badger to salamander, each wildlife poem invites the reader to the outdoors. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems (2014) Selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Melissa Sweet Simple, sweet poems and bright illustrations for every season make this collection a winner for young audiences. The Poetry of US (2018) Edited by J. Patrick Lewis Over 200 thought-provoking poems are paired with National Geographic photographs that reflect the cultural and geographic diversity of the United States. I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups (2017) By Chris Harris; illustrated by Lane Smith
Fans of Shel Silverstein will love Chris Harris and Lane Smith’s hilarious collaboration that covers everything from avocados to giraffes. In the Past (2018) By David Elliott; illustrated by Matthew Trueman Dinosaur poetry?! Need we say more? Beautiful illustrations accompany poems about dinosaurs from the brachytrachelopan to the megalodon separated into geologic time periods. Want more poetry titles? Contact library staff at BookMatch by emailing BookMatch@nols.org. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jennifer Knight has been a youth services librarian at the Port Angeles Library for nearly 10 years. She is a 2009 graduate of University of Washington’s library science master’s program.
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Every year, two recipients are selected — one female and one male — from all the entries. These students each receive a $500 scholarship for post-high-school education. This scholarship is made possible by Gene and Norma Turner and Larry and Michelle Little. Training packets also are available for any kids wanting to participate that are from out of town or homeschooled. If interested, email race director Victoria Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to exercising the body, kids can exercise their brains, too. The race producers have teamed up with the North Olympic Library System to offer a Reading Log, found at tinyurl. com/PDN-ReadingLog2019. The challenge is for kids to read a minimum of 20 minutes every day. Book tokens are awarded for every “bingo” they get on the log card, and a free book from the library will be given to students who complete the entire log. To get a free book, bring the completed Reading Log to the Kids Marathon, or take your log to any branch of the North Olympic Library System and show your log to library staff. The Kids Marathon is put on by the
WHY DO KIDS LIKE THE MARATHON? “I enjoy the Kids Marathon because it’s a big group of people having fun and exercising, and at the end we get a medal!” -Sadie, 10
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PREBIOTICS, PROBIOTICS & YOUR GUT: What and how to eat for the microbiome
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Have you ever heard of the microbiome? We share our bodies with some 38 trillion bacteria! Of particular interest is the gut microbiome, the bacteria in our intestines that help us digest food and eliminate waste. The gut microbiome interacts with the immune system, protects us from some bad bacteria and, if we are to believe the latest reports, holds the key to our general health. There’s reason to believe this may be the case. Our brain and gut share the same chemical messengers. For example, 95 percent of our serotonin — a neurotransmitter that’s low in people with depression — comes from intestinal bacteria. So it should come as no surprise that our gut health impacts our overall well-being. As such, it makes a lot of sense that health-conscious parents are eager to understand ways they might improve the gut health of everyone in their family. So what impacts gut health? Our food! While there is evidence that the environment plays a role in our gut health, clearly the most powerful tools we have to improve gut health and keep the microbiome strong are decisions about what we eat. Since the microbiome begins to develop in utero and is largely developed in children by the time they get to middle school, it makes sense for parents to keep the microbiome in mind as food decisions are made for their children.
We interrupt this article for a few words from our glossary: Probiotics are the living microorganisms in foods that are widely considered to improve and replenish the gut microbiome. They are found in high concentration in many foods, particularly fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and others like this. Prebiotics are compounds in food that encourage the activity and growth of good bacteria, particularly in the gut microbiome. These include foods that are rich in fiber.
Navigating food choices in an era of so much information — and misinformation — can be overwhelming. This is particularly true for parents. We want what’s best for our kids. Fortunately, what’s good for our microbiome is good for us and our children, too. One approach comes in just seven words from author Michael Pollan:
Whenever possible, choose whole, real foods instead of packaged, processed food products. Fresh produce is one of the best sources of healthy bacteria. Packaged foods high in sugars, other carbohydrates and unhealthy fats are devoid of bacteria and in some cases can even damage bacteria.
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Processed foods are designed to encourage increased consumption and are tied to the rise in obesity all around the word. For this reason alone, a good guideline is to eat less. But there’s more! In his book, “In Defense of Food,” Pollan discusses not just what we eat but how we eat. He asks if we are taking the time to sit down to a meal with all the things that make it enjoyable: the company, the conversation, the presentation? Eating mindfully helps us eat not only healthy foods, but healthy amounts.
Nutrition researchers agree on one point: eat your veggies! A colorful variety of vegetables, especially leafy greens, contain most of the essential nutrients our bodies, including the microbiome, need to stay healthy. Vegetables are rich in prebiotics, which are great for our gut bacteria. The microbiome thrives on a high-fiber diet!
What about supplemental probiotics? As in so much of medicine, our attempts to isolate the one healthy ingredient from nature into a pill have had limited success. Peninsula Daily News / Sequim Gazette
There’s a lot to talk about. Let this be a conversation starter. Some evidence even suggests downsides to probiotic pills. On the other hand, naturally fermented foods do promote healthy gut bacteria. Get that good bacteria started with fermented foods and beverages, then feed them with high fiber veggies, fruits and whole grains.
Does organic matter? The answer is yes. A 2018 study found that the greater the percentage of organic foods eaten by research participants, the lower their cancer risk. Until the advent of chemical fertilizers and herbicides, food was organically grown. Unfortunately, a great deal of our food is now laced with harmful chemicals instead of helpful bacteria. Due to agribusiness subsidies, unhealthy processed food products are cheaper to buy — calorie for calorie — than healthy fruits and vegetables, much less organic ones. Fortunately, we can still make healthy choices as increasingly more grocery stores stock competitively priced organic options. In addition to poor diet choices, the use of antibiotics seriously disrupts the ecology of the microbiome, inhibiting it from effectively protecting and nurturing the complex systems of the body it influences. So, while antibiotics have saved millions of lives in the past eight decades, antibiotics kill gut bacteria — good and bad — and should be used only when absolutely necessary. There’s a lot to talk about; let this be a conversation starter. When you have the chance, please discuss this important topic with your family physician. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Ned Hammar is a family physician at North Olympic Healthcare Network. He received his medical training at Johns Hopkins University. He believes firmly in the words of the real Dr. Patch Adams, “The health of the individual cannot be separated from the health of the family, the community and the world.”
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Don’t forget about the oral microbiome BY DR. BRUCE MAXWELL
Just as there are good and bad bacteria in the gut, there are good and bad bacteria in the mouth. As Dr. Ned Hammar explained in regard to the gut microbiome, the good bacteria in the mouth are helpful in aiding digestion and keep disease-causing bacteria numbers down. The best actions we can take for ourselves and for our kids is to keep those good bacteria protected. But some oral products kill good and bad bacteria alike, leaving the door open to whatever bacteria might come along. Such products may contain substances like alcohol or other broad-spectrum antimicrobials that do not distinguish between good and bad bacteria. To keep the oral microbiome balanced, steer clear of oral products containing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and chlorhexidine (found in antiseptic mouthwash). If you are worried about persistent bad breath in yourself or your children, please see your dentist, as this can be cause for concern. Cavities are caused by a type of strep bacteria that grows rapidly in the presence of one of the microbiome’s arch enemies: sugar. So, cutting down on sugars — especially sugary drinks — not only protects the gut microbiome, it also protects the oral microbiome and the teeth. There’s good news, though! Some sweeteners, like xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener, stop cavities because the bad strep bacteria don’t grow well with xylitol around. Look for products containing xylitol
for a more natural way of fighting cavities without killing off beneficial bacteria. The sweetener can be found in a wide range of mints and oral care products. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Bruce Maxwell received his
dental training at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He has 25 years of experience in general dentistry and recently joined the staff of North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) as its first dentist. Dr. Maxwell and their new dental staff will be open for business in late April at the NOHN clinic at 933 E. First St. in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula summer camps abound BY PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Three cheers for spring having finally arrived on the North Olympic Peninsula! Its arrival brings warmer and longer daylight hours and the beginning of summer camp registrations. Many of the Peninsula’s most popular camps are filling up fast, so don’t wait until the last school bell rings to find a summer camp that children will look forward to attending. Here’s a sampling of some of the camps offered in our region this summer:
JEFFERSON COUNTY YMCA OF JEFFERSON COUNTY Summer day camps will be offered at the YMCA of Jefferson County, 1925 Blaine St. in Port Townsend, from June 17Aug. 30. Camp registration opens May 1. The Y has added a Junior Camp Counselor
Program this year, available by application for ages 13-16. Youth Overnight Camp (Camp Loni) at Camp Beausite, 510 Beausite Lake Road in Chimacum, is a week-long sleep away camp for ages 6-10 from Aug. 19-23 and for ages 10-14 from Aug. 26-30. For more information or to register for the overnight camp, visit www.olympic peninsulaymca.org. For more information about summer camps, email to jcfrontdesk@olympic peninsulaymca.org, visit olympicpeninsulaymca.org or phone 360-385-5811. PORT TOWNSEND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER Port Townsend Marine Science Center, 532 Battery Way, will offer summer science camps filled with plenty of opportunities to explore area beaches, uncover treasures in its exhibits, make crafts, play games and take nature walks
through Fort Worden State Park. Camp options for children ages 3 to 13 are available from June to August. Camps include Longboat Explorations, Seal Pups Day Camp, Junior Explorers Day Camp, Coastal Explorers Day Camp, Marine Biology Day Camp, and Art Camp: Art in Nature. Fees depend on which camp is selected. Camps generally fill up quickly, so people are encouraged to register soon. Port Townsend Marine Science Center members receive a discount off each registration. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information about Port Townsend Marine Science Center summer camps, visit ptmsc.org/programs/learn/ camps, email camps@ptmsc. org or phone 360-385-5582, ext. 120.
CLALLAM COUNTY OLYMPIC THEATRE ARTS Olympic Theatre Arts (OTA) is hosting a two-week Musical Theatre Intensive Camp for teens ages 12 to 18 from July 22-Aug. 2. The camp will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The theme for the camp is “Seize The Day,” using the song from “Newsies.” Students will learn from locals Linda Dowdell, Brendan Chambers and Maggie Bulkley. Teens will write original scenes, get audition coaching and get an introduction to stage management. Tuition is $495 for two weeks and includes lunch. OTA also will hold a one-week summer workshop, “Flotilla of Flipflops,” for youth ages 8-18 from June 24-28 Workshop participants will write and produce a
sequel to the work created earlier in the year, titled “Fresh and Salty.” This hands-on workshop will build on the “Fresh and Salty” story, which was filmed and submitted to the River and Ocean Film Festival competition for judging. In this week-long workshop, actors will create memorable characters that show the world why water is the wealth and health of all living creatures. This workshop is held daily Monday-Friday at the Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructors are Bonne Smith and Sarah Tucker. Tuition is $175 per person and includes lunch. Registration forms are available online at olympic theatrearts.org or at the business office, open Mondays-Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. OLYMPIC NATURE EXPERIENCE Olympic Nature Experience offers nature-based camps and
weekly summer sessions to nurture kids’ connection with nature. Children will play in the forest and splash in the ocean all while strengthening their critical thinking, curiosity and imaginations. These place-based programs invite children to create a relationship with a specific place for a day or a week. They maximize nature connection time with exploratory wanders, new skills and unifying games. Staff give children the opportunity to climb, crawl, sneak, run and get dirty while their smiles and confidence grow. Single-day, multi-day, week-long and month-long camps will be offered from June to August for children ranging in age from 3 to 12. Prices vary depending on the camp selected. Camps offered include Owl’s Hollow Early Learning Summer Sessions, Owl’s Hollow Skills Summer Sessions, Tribe Camp, Bug Safari, Young Warrior’s Camp and Forest Tea Party. >> CAMPS continued on Page 11
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Keeping children safe from scalds and burns BY TRISH TISDALE
Burns at any age can be serious, but young children are especially at risk. Each year, thousands of children sustain burn injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries every day. Young children, especially toddlers, like to explore, touch objects and are extremely curious. This makes them especially susceptible to sustaining a burn injury. The majority of burn injuries sustained by kids are scald burns, which usually occur during ordinary household activities, such as cooking, bathing or eating. Young children have thinner skin than adults, which means it burns more quickly. Just 3 seconds of exposure to hot tap water that’s 140 F can give a child a third-degree burn. Here are some tips for keeping your children (and you) safe at home:
KITCHEN AND DINING SAFETY
• Turn pot handles away from the stove edge so they can’t be pulled down or knocked over. • Have a “kid-free zone” three feet around the stove. • Stay in the kitchen when frying foods or cooking with oil or grease. • Don’t leave children unattended in the kitchen; always supervise them. • Keep away flammable objects that can burn from the stove, such as towels and oven mitts. • Microwaved foods and dishes, especially soup, are extremely hot. Use a hot pad to remove food from microwave, and lift the cover slowly and
away from your face. • Place hot liquids and foods in the center of a table and out of the reach of a child. • Do not carry hot items while also holding a child.
BURN AWARENESS Keep young children safe from scald burns
• Set hot water tank temperature to 120 degrees or below. • Test the water with your wrist or elbow before putting your child in a bathtub. • Never leave your child unattended. • Install scald-guard faucets so the water never gets too hot.
Turn away Turn pot handles away from the stove edge so they can’t be pulled down by a curious child or accidentally knocked over by an adult. Create a “kid free” zone in the kitchen.
GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SAFETY
• Use outlet covers on electrical outlets. • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Teach children that these are tools and not things to be played with. • Do not leave lit candles unattended. • Don’t let children play with electrical cords or electrical outlets.
TYPES OF BURNS
First-degree burns, or superficial burns, are the most common type of burn. Only the top, outermost layer of your skin has been burned. They usually occur after touching a hot stove or hot appliance. A typical sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn. The burn will be red and painful but not have blisters. First-degree burns usually heal within seven to 10 days. Most first-degree burns can be treated at home.
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Second-degree burns, also called partial thickness burns, affect the outer and lower layer of the skin. There will be pain, redness, swelling and blistering. They can be caused by scalding, fire and electricity. Depending on severity, location and amount of area burned, these may require a doctor’s visit or could be treated at home. Burns may take a few weeks to heal. Third-degree burns, or full thickness burns, go down to the deeper tissues of your body. Skin will be charred black or white. The area will often be numb instead of painful. These are serious burns; never attempt to self-treat them. Call 911 immediately. Treatments can range depending on the severity of the burn and the amount of skin affected. Healing time depends on the location and severity of the burn.
GENERAL FIRST AID
If your child suffers a burn, stop the burning by removing the source. Remove clothing and jewelry from the burned area, as they can retain heat or hide burns beneath them; however, do not remove anything that is stuck to the wound. Cool the area by running it under cool
tap water for several minutes, or apply a cold, wet compress. Do this for about 5-10 minutes or until the pain subsides. (Do not use ice or cold water, as these could damage the skin.) Do not break any blisters that start to form. You may need to apply a dressing to protect the wound and keep the area clean. Use a sterile gauze bandage. Wrap it loosely to avoid putting pressure on the burn. Some other treatments for less severe burns include apply lidocaine with aloe vera gel or cream to soothe the skin; take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief; or using an antibiotic ointment and loose gauze to protect the affected area. Never apply cotton balls to a burn because the small fibers can stick to the injury and increase the risk of infection. Also, avoid home remedies like butter and eggs, as these are not proven to be effective.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Trish Tisdale is a volunteer EMT with Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue in Port Angeles. She has been an EMT since 2003 and has also served as a firefighter, rescue diver and wildland firefighter.
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BECOMING PRESENT TO BEAUTY:
busy-ness and practical things, such as profit and growth, raising successful children and consuming products that make us and our homes beautiful — without giving much thought to the long-term effects on ourselves or our planet. But, as Mary Reynolds Thompson asks in her book, “Reclaiming the Wild Soul,” what if we rebelled? What if with every choice we made, we reminded ourselves and taught our children that, as Henry David Thoreau said, “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” What if we ran every choice and action through a beauty filter, asking ourselves if what we are doing — or what we are about to do — is beautiful or not, or contributing to beauty or not? Of course to do that, we need to allow ourselves to be fully present to beauty not just in the spring, but all the time. Merriam-Webster defines beauty as “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.” When we are fully present, we are naturally drawn to BY KRISTIN HALBERG what we find beautiful. We become like the bumblebee that presses itself into the nectar of a flower and then “To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.” — John O’Donohue (poet, author, priest, philosopher.) flies off to spread more loveliness. But these days, we sometimes aren’t fully present, and if we are, we don’t allow ourselves enough time to Spring is a time we appreciate beauty. Spring flowers crop up everywhere. The first sighting of hummingbirds, appreciate the nectar we find. We might click the “Like” or “Share” buttons on social bumblebees and ducklings fill our hearts with joy. We set media. We might see a rainbow on our way to work and up our barbecues and enjoy the later sunsets. We take when we arrive, say, “I saw a beautiful rainbow today.” advantage of spring sales to brighten our homes with But how often do we pull over to the side of the road colorful flowers. We clear the debris from our yards, and and breathe it in? How often do we stop what we’re doing maybe we indulge in a new coat of paint for our house. and become present to beauty rather than consuming it And yet, during the rest of the year, focusing on the means to each member of your family. or sharing it as entertainment? beauty of the world is often dismissed as being Here are some questions to start a dinner conversation: Your challenge this spring is to help your family unabashedly idealistic or overly romantic — OK for • What does the word beauty mean to you? those who make their living as a nature photographer or become present to beauty, to choose it and to experience • What does it mean when people say beauty comes it in new unseen ways and places. spiritual leader, but not necessary for typical life in the from the inside? Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So first, 21st century. Instead, we sometimes are caught up in the pursuit of >> BEAUTY continued on Page 15 have a family dinner conversation to clarify what beauty
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