The Girl Knows One Hundred is There

April 14, 2011 by  
Filed under LIFE STAGES

This is a follow-up to the post I wrote about whether you think of yourself as a “girl” or a “woman” and why I chose Pinwheel Girls versus a Pinwheel Woman. As a child development professional, I am always captivated by the following poem written by Loris Malaguzzi from Reggio Emilia, Italy. For me it [...]

Spring Cleaning Yields Thousands of Acorns and New Thoughts

March 28, 2010 by  
Filed under SYMBOLS & TEACHERS

I was reminded the other day by a friend that our typical spring cleaning tasks can yield wonderful symbolic moments of opening, new beginnings, and new knowledge. Even the simple, mundane chores involved in yard cleanup can help you see what might ordinarily remain unseen. It all depends on what you find. And if you [...]

Mexican Pinwheels: Symbol of Happiness

October 15, 2009 by  
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I recently had the great pleasure and honor to meet a professional pinwheel maker.  I have never met a pinwheel maker before. Have you? Lorenzo has been making pinwheels by hand for the last 34 years, along with his pa, in the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He sells the pinwheels, along with balloons, [...]