Festivals

Winter Solstice and The Fourth Week of Advent – Parents Article

The Winter Solstice descends us into darkness and asks us to rise again, to find what gives us light, and to find what light we can give into the world.  Many of us are looking at Christmastide with renewed anticipation of generosity, light, kindness, love, compassion and bringing this into the world, beginning with ourselves and our own families. What brings you light?   How can you give light (compassion, kindness, love, generosity) to yourself? How can you give light…

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The Wonder of Nature: Advent Week 2 – Parents Article

Beginning on Sunday, we are heading into the second week of Advent.  Advent is just long enough for us to prepare for Christmas and establish some new spiritual rhythms.  The first week of Advent can often sneak up on us right after Thanksgiving, but the second week feels like this momentary pause where we can make things really matter. One thing I am very committed to this week is getting out in nature every day. The second week of Advent…

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All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day – Parents Article

Honoring the past. Honoring our ancestors. Honoring the goodness in people now departed. In this world that often feels chaotic and crazy, holding on to the ideals of the good people who have come before us can be a small lifeline of grounding and stability. I hear from people all the time who don’t feel as if they have this within their family lines.  Maybe their family ancestors, at least those that they know of, aren’t who they want to…

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The Season Of Light | The Parenting Passageway – Parents Article

I love this time of year! Finally, the temperatures have finally dropped here in the Deep South, it hasn’t rained for too many days in a row yet (winters have tended to be rainy the past few years), and we still have had blue skies most days!  The leaves are finally turning colors, and the world is full of October. But even more than that, I love this season of light we are entering into. I love how it begins with…

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Michalemas Is Almost Here! | The Parenting Passageway – Parents Article

“Spring and Summer require of man that he give himself up to Nature; man lives his way out of himself and into Nature. Autumn and Winter would have man withdraw into his own human domain and set over against the death and decay of Nature the resurrection of the forces of soul and spirit. Spring and Summer are the time of man’s Nature-consciousness; Autumn and Winter are the times when he must experience his own human self-consciousness.” – lecture by…

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Whitsunday: The Wild Goose | The Parenting Passageway – Parents Article

When we had Leonbergers, we frequently took them to our closest large lake to swim.  We swam on days in the late summer and early autumn when the leaves were changing and no one was really around.  One day I pulled up to the lake, ready for our preschooler and baby and dog to swim, only to find our car literally surrounded by so many geese I couldn’t open the door.  Our dog was lying peacefully on the floor, but…

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Meethi Seviyan/ Sweet Vermicelli – A healthy dessert recipe – Parents Article

Meethi Seviyan/ Sweet Vermicelli is a delicious Indian dessert made with seviyan (whole wheat vermicelli), ghee, milk, dry fruits and sugar. In this recipe i have replaced refined sugar with jaggery powder. Meethi Seviyan is usually served on special occasions and during festivals like Eid. This recipe is very simple and you do not need to make any syrup. Just roast the vermicelli and dry fruits in ghee. Cook it in milk. Add jaggery powder, cook for few more minutes…

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15 Beautiful Children’s Books about India – Parents Article

This Republic Day, introduce kids to various aspects of our great country through these children’s books about India. Learn about art, monuments and more! Republic Day comes along every January, and so does Independence Day every August. We usually have a flag hoisting ceremony and return home. Maybe we’ll watch the parade on TV, but that’s about as far as our celebrations will go. However, as parents, treating these days as just another holiday undermines their value in the eyes…

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