Take a quick time-out, renew your spirit and make a beautiful piece of mini-art using ideas from Zentangle.com. Read the theory page, browse through galleries and just do it. Make a small square of paper, delineate a border and make a few marks (or even a letter; try your first initial) to create regions within your square for your various patterns. Enjoy how it feels to doodle with full attention.


Help the Monarch Butterfly

Live Monarch is an organization devoted to keeping the skies filled with Monarch butterflies. I received an email from them recently that offered interested educators opportunities to get their students involved with Monarch Butterfly populations in numerous ways.

Interesting facts (from www.livemonarch.org):

  • Monarch butterflies from around North America begin a Southern migration down to Mexico for the winter and return in February in March.
  • With the exception of the Monarchs who migrate to Mexico for the winter, the life span of an adult Monarch is 4-8 weeks. The migratory individuals can live from 8-9 months.
  • Monarchs eat only milkweed, which is rapidly disappearing due to human development, which is why livemonarch.org sells milkweed plants and will send any takers milkweed seeds for free.

Go to www.livemonarch.org for a variety of ways that you (educator, parent, student, or just interested party) can help the Monarch Butterfly.


It was 89 years after the Declaration of Indepence and 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation (while you’re there, check out Jackie Robinson’s letter to President Eisenhower) that the last American slaves learned they were free, on June 19, 1865. This past Saturday Massachusetts’ first African American Governor, Deval Patrick, made his the 25th state calling for recognition of “Juneteenth” as a national holiday. Learn more at Voice of America or find a celebration near you at Juneteenth.com

Feeling bad? Get outside!

Yet another reason to connect with Nature:

In a couple of studies about mild depression, researchers at Britain’s Essex University found that upwards of 90% of people who went outside to walk, cycle or just work on environmental conservation felt better, whereas less than half of those who took a walk in a shopping mall felt better and nearly half felt worse! Enjoy some “ecotherapy” today!

“Nature as a form of therapy.” 2007. The Week, June 15, p. 20.