Self-direction

And the inexplicable posting frenzy continues…

I've been trying to get ideas from the kids about what they would like to study "next year." (The importance of Village Home in our lives & schedules has kind of gotten us back into that September-June mindset.)

So far, this is what I've gotten out of them.

Fisher: "World War I. And German."

Rhys: "Comic books. And moss."

Moss? Do you know how difficult it is to find any remotely child-friendly books or movies or anything about frickin' moss? I did figure out how to turn off the region coding on our DVD player so we could buy the (British, hence Region 2-only) DVD set of David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants.

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Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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6 Responses to Self-direction

  1. Helena says:

    Hmmm. I had a friend in high school whose father was a specialist on algae. He got to travel all over the world doing algae-related stuff.

  2. eryn says:

    moss?
    i wonder where he got that one.

  3. Herm says:

    We have moss in our backyard. I will be sure to direct Rhys to it when he visits. It’s lovely; if our yard weren’t so sunny I’d try to encourage a moss takeover.

  4. My dad is a botanist. I could ask him if he knows much on the subject.

  5. RedMolly says:

    Summer–seriously, if your dad has any ideas for resources, I would be beyond thrilled to hear about them. Right now I am at a total dead end.

  6. Becky says:

    See if your library has a copy of “A Victorian Naturalist: Beatrix Potter’s Drawings from the Armitt Collection”. Before she drew bunnies, she drew fungi, lichens, and…MOSS. I was just reminded because we had the book out from the library again. Beautiful stuff.
    Out of curiosity, I searched “moss” at Amazon, and came up with this,
    http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1215013362/ref=sr_nr_n_3?ie=UTF8&rs=1000&keywords=moss&bbn=290060&rnid=1000&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Amoss%2Cn%3A290060
    “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses” by Robin Wall Kimmerer and “Moss Gardening: Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures” by George H. Schenk sound like the best bets.

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