Saturday, May 28, 2005


On other point of interest?

Take a close look at this sticker which is located on the window outside of the same store.
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It says that the certificate is expired!!!

Can someone please explain to me this one? No license from the Government to sell oil? I’m just going from what the sticker says!

WELL? While walking my Dog Chico tonight? I noticed that the sticker is gone. Does this mean that the Irvings are reading my blogs???? person never knows

This story is so true!!!!!

Encouraging today's youngsters to bond with Mother Earth
By Richard Louv

May 28, 2005

* Discovering nature all around us

If, when we were young, we tramped through San Diego's chaparral canyons, or raised pigeons on a rooftop in Queens, or fished for Ozark bluegills, or felt the swell of a wave that traveled a thousand miles before lifting our boat, then we were bound to the natural world and remain so today.

Nature still informs our years – lifts us, carries us.

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What adults might see as nothing more than garden pests, a child will study in wonder - if given the opportunity.
As a boy, I spent hours exploring the woods and farmland at the suburban edge of Kansas City. Within the windbreaks were trees that we could shinny, the smaller branches like the rungs of a ladder.

We climbed far above the fields and, from that vantage, looked out upon the old blue ridges of Missouri, and the roofs of new houses in the ever-encroaching suburbs.

Often, I climbed alone, imagining myself as Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves. If I climbed high enough, the branches thinned to the point where, when the wind came, the world would tip down and up and around and up and to the side and up. It was frightening and wonderful to surrender to the wind's power.

Now, my tree-climbing days long behind me, I often think about the lasting value of those early, deliciously idle days. I have come to appreciate the long view afforded by those treetops. The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.

Members of my generation grew into adulthood taking nature's childhood gifts for granted; we assumed (when we thought of it at all) that generations to come also would receive these blessings. But now we know that something has changed.

Defining the problem

"Nature-deficit 'disorder' is not a medical diagnosis, but a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. Among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses. This disorder damages children; it also shapes adults, families, whole communities, and the future of nature itself. Yet, exciting new studies show us the benefits – biological, cognitive and spiritual – when we give the gift of nature."


Over the past 15 years, I have interviewed families across the country about the changes in their lives, including their relationship with nature. With few exceptions, even in rural areas, parents say the same thing: Most children aren't playing outside anymore, not in the woods or the fields or the canyons. Today, kids are well aware of the global threats to the environment, but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature on a day-to-day basis, is fading.

A fifth-grader in a San Diego classroom put it succinctly: "I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are."

I believe our society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. That unintended message is delivered by schools, families, even organizations devoted to the outdoors, and codified into the legal and regulatory structures of many of our communities – effectively banning much of the kind of play that we enjoyed as children. Our institutions, urban/suburban design, and cultural attitudes unconsciously associate nature with doom, while disassociating the outdoors from joy and solitude. Well-meaning public-school systems, media and parents are scaring children straight out of the woods and fields.

Many parents are aware of the change, and they sense its importance. When asked, they cite a number of everyday reasons why their children spend less time in nature than they themselves did, including disappearing access to natural areas, competition from television and computers, dangerous traffic, more homework and other time pressures. Most of all, parents cite fear of stranger-danger, as round-the-clock news coverage conditions them to believe in an epidemic of child-snatchings, despite evidence that the number has been falling for years.

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Alma Tidwell and son Diego, 4, explored Mission Trails Regional Park recently with husband John and their older son, Lucas, 6 (not pictured).
As a result, children's worlds, limitless in cyberspace, areshrinking in reality. A 1991 study of three generations of 9-year-olds foundthat between 1970 and 1990, the radius around the home where children wereallowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in1970. This year, "Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds,"conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, revealed that kids' averageweekly electronic media exposure is almost 60 hours, more time than most ofparents spend on full-time jobs. And the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives ofFamilies reports that during the week, parents and children are in constantmotion, racing between school, games, shopping, work – and American kidsspend virtually no time in their own yards. Such lives leave little time forunstructured activities in nature.

As the nature deficit grows, new studies demonstrate just how important direct contact with the outdoors is to healthy human development. Some of the most intriguing research has been inspired by Harvard University scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson's "biophilia" hypothesis. Wilson defines biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life." He and his colleagues argue that humans have an innate affinity for the natural world, probably a biologically based need integral to our development as individuals.

In short, we need experience in nature more than we know.

Most of the new evidence that connects nature to well-being and restoration has focused on adults but, during the past decade, scientists have begun to study the impact of nearby nature on child development. Environmental psychologists reported in 2003 that nature in or around the home, or simply a room with a view of a natural landscape, helped protect the psychological well-being of the children.

Researchers have found that children with disabilities gain enhanced body image and positive behavior changes through direct interaction with nature. Studies of outdoor-education programs geared toward troubled youth – especially those diagnosed with mental-health problems – show a clear therapeutic value. Some of the most intriguing studies are being done by the Human-Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, where researchers have discovered that children as young as 5 showed a significant reduction in the symptoms of attention-deficit disorder when they engaged with nature. Could nature therapy be a new option for ADD treatment?

Meanwhile, the California-based State Education and Environmental Roundtable, a national effort to study environment-based education, found that schools that use outdoor classrooms, among other techniques, produce student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math; improved standardized test scores and grade-point averages; and enhanced skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making. In addition, anecdotal evidence suggests that time in natural surroundings also stimulates children's creativity.

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People who care about children and the future of the environment need to know about such research, but for the most part, they do not. Today, we see dramatic increases in childhood obesity, attention difficulties and depression. When these issues are discussed at the conference table or the kitchen table, direct childhood experience in nature is seldom mentioned. Yet, the growing nature deficit experienced by today's children, and potentially for generations to come, may be the most important common denominator.

I am not suggesting that we bring back the free-range childhood of the 1950s. Those days are over. But, with a deeper understanding of the importance of nature play to healthy child development, and to their sense of connection to the world, we can create safe zones for nature exploration. We can preserve the open space in our cities, and even design and build new kinds of communities, using the principles of green urbanism. We can weave nature experiences into our classrooms, and nature therapy into our health-care system.

And we can challenge environmental organizations to take this issue seriously. For if the disconnection between children and nature continues, who will become the future stewards of the earth – and who will swing on birches?

Adapted from "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv.

© 2005 Richard Louv. Reprinted by permission of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.


Ok… Yesterday afternoon, I received this little email from someone in Saint John. I knew there was a problem with the garbage on the streets but not this bad!!!!


For you newcomers? The City of Saint John have not had a May clean up in four years so many citizens have a lot of garbages pile up!!!! Here’s the letter that I received-

May 27th, 2005

HI Charles

I am not at all into politics.... But thought I would give it a shot anyhow.

When spring clean up came around this year ( after not seeing it for 4 years) the

City Crews decided NOT to take our cleanup pile... there were NO appliances etc....

I think what the problem was is that the people next door put so much garbage out
that the crew decided after picking it all up, it was too much.

Anyhow, they did not take anything from our pile and its still sitting in front of our 4 unit building, tied nicely, boxed and bagged actually nice, compared to some I have seen.

Wednesday a black 1/2 ton pulled up right in front of our window and dumped a loveseat and a couple of large recliners on OUR Pile, Yes In broad daylight, can you imagine, they are using our pile as a dumping post and a playground....

I am always telling kids to "GET" as I am afraid they are going to get hurt on the glass etc..... or WHO knows what MIGHT be in those Bags!

This garbage is not on our property line, its on the cities line, its their liability..... It is depreciating the property, I will not even go in
or out my front door, it looks that bad.. Looks like a god damn dump. WE have just put new siding on the building and we are TRYING to rent 2 apartments.....

They will never get rented, UNLESS the CITY does The job of hauling this stuff away! when they speak of clean up guidelines...well it took me damn near an
hour to find any guidelines, they should have delivered to every resident these guidelines...

Irregardless I found the guidelines and applied them to our buildings garbage.... still they would not or did not take our pile.

I really need some help here..... CAN you tell me whom/which MLA is for North End?

I have called, faxed and emailed the city on more than 1 occasion. I have also sent before and after pictures.

CTV contacted me and I have even been on the news because of this so called clean up and still NO REPLY from the City.

Can you make any suggestions? I would like to burn it all, but want to find out the lawyers surrounding that before I do something like that. I cannot pay
$200.00 or more dollars to have this stuff hauled away..... nor can I pile all this stuff back, Most I personally did not place there, tenants in my building did. And I have no one to help.

It really looks bad.

Please reply Charles and I WILL send you pictures!!!

Thanks so very much, I do look forward to your reply.

I listen to you on the radio and think its great, glad you are out there.......doing and saying what you think! someone has to....

Mrs Sherwood

I quickly printed out the email and walked at the Legislature. Just like a bloodhound, I tried to located Trevor Holder < P.C. MLA > who represents her riding but no luck!!!
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I bumped into Kelly Lambrock and gave him the email to forward it to Trevor!
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What’s going to happen in this issue? Who knows? Here’s another letter that the woman email to the City of Saint John. Stay tune for more on this issue in this Blog. All the Councillors from Saint John < except Carl White > are on my list so lets see what's going to happen????

May 18th, 2005

City Of SaintJohn
Spring Clean up, North end

Good Morning;

I am writing this letter in concern. I would like to bring it to your attention that our clean up/garbage was not taken from our 4 unit building unit at 55-57
Victoria St. When the truck was here, they only took the garbage from 53 Victoria which did not belong to our building.

The garbage we put out consisted of boxes for the most part but there was also bags and tied boards we well, 1 4 drawer dress, NO appliances.

My Husband called the City today Wednesday May 18th, 005 at 658-4455. The (lady) party he spoke to said we were over our weight limit. How would this party know
this when my husband did not give our address or name or any other information.

I will point out that our pile at 55-57 Victoria Street, North, was 1/3 of the pile of junk that was left out at 53 Victoria (I have pictures of before the
clean up crew were around and after they were around,if you would like me to forward them to you.)

I would also like to point out that since residents have put out their garbage for the 1st time since we have lived here in 4 years, one must expect there to
me more than average….. And more than a 1 unit, 2 unit or 3 unit building.

Also the kids in the neighborhood have been playing on the garbage, daily we are chasing them away. There are nails, broken glass and sharp objects for these kids
to get severely hurt on. It will not be my responsibility, as I am not the owner and I have forwarded this notice to your office to inform you of this liability.

I will also notify the Dept. of Health and Safety.

I would really like a reply as soon as possible. Soon this garbage will be all over the street. I am tired of picking it up and bundling it together.

It is the City’s responsibility to pick this up and they choose to ignore it, being over worked this annum I suppose, considering this clean up has not taken place in the city’s north end in a few years.

Please have someone from your office call me as soon as possible. I do thank you for your time and your immediate attention regarding this enquiry, my contact
information is at closing.

Have a terrific long holiday weekend!

Mrs. Sherwood
55-57 Victoria St. North, Apt 1
SaintJohn, N.B.
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