The Order of the Trees is Launched!

I am so blessed to have launched my new middle grade fiction book, The Order of the Trees, on Friday.  You should have seen it– fiddle and guitar music, former and current students and families milling around, friends and neighbors gathered at our local school’s library on a sunny Friday afternoon. There were tree cookies. […]

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Health, Firefighter, Consumer and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products With Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

A broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products — children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics — if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens.  Petitioners include the American […]

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Let them have recess (even this winter!)

(It may be spring where you live, but not here. This post was inspired by this article in the Washington Post and my many friends who have had school and recess cancelled regularly this winter when the temperatures have been below 20 degrees.) The wind stings my face. I squint to look out on many of […]

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Ashley Furniture to Phase Out Toxic Flame Retardants from Furniture (update)

In the last few years awareness about the toxicity in flame retardant chemicals in furniture has grown tremendously. Public health advocates, organizations, doctors, environmentalists and journalists have been sounding the alarm that the chemicals added to furniture are far more harmful than the flame they might extinguish– and that there are much safer alternatives. This groundbreaking […]

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Zum Zum Bikes (great project and affordable toddler bike!)

I love how Kickstarter can give voice to real people with interesting and helpful projects so it’s not just major corporations we can choose to support. I was contacted by the folks at Zum Zum bikes, and they have created a beautiful, functional, and light weight bike for even the youngest riders! ZumZum is a […]

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