As you are

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One day not too long ago I was walking past the local elementary school and noticed something in the tree. It was a wooden sign nailed on the tree that read “AS YOU ARE”

I looked at the other tree’s around me and noticed something, more signs, they all included messages. Who were they intended for? Who put them there? It turns out that these questions don’t really matter. The only thing that matters was that I saw them, other people saw them and will see them.

These messages are for everyone.

They read; “AS YOU ARE”

“ADORED”

“BELIEVED IN”

“VALUED”

“RESPECTED”

“AS YOU ARE”

What better message to give or receive?

Peace&Love

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(Originally posted January 13 2009, some things are worth repeating)

TREASURE

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Keeping it fresh

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No matter what your age, it is likely when you were young you carried a lunch box.  It may have been  a standard metal dome lid or a stylish plastic or vinyl one.

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It could have had displayed Fraggle Rock, fraggle

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or

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or even something else.                            lunchboxshop_hendrix

Whatever you carried, it was not only practical and necessary, but a fashion statement to boot! I clearly remember my plastic dome lid, Care Bears lunch box with matching thermos! It was the highlight of the day to see what Mom had packed into my treasure box, fruit roll up? candy bars? Most likely raisins, regardless, everyone loved their lunch boxes!

As time passed we lost the lunch box in favour of a brown paper bag or a cafeteria bought lunch (you can’t beat the fries and gravy from my high-school cafeteria, YUM!).

These days most students and adults resort to a fast food lunch. If they do choose to bring a lunch, the brown bag is still quite common but what if you want to bring something other then a sandwich? How about  something hot  or messy? The lunch box has become hip again, and not just for kiddies!

You can still find hundreds of boxes with the old flair, many of them now boast a lead free lining, are ecologically produced, and many  are reproductions of the old Snoopy or Wonder Woman ones of days past.

For the environmentally conscious consumer there are many options on the market today. We use all of the following, and not just to pack a lunch but also to use instead of the disposable Styrofoam (why is this still legal?) option to take away some fast food.

Our first purchase ( and still favourite)is the To- Go Ware two tier stainless steel tiffin box. We have the original style, it has been revamped, with what looks likes clips instead of the original closing mechanism. The handle makes it easy to carry and when getting hot food at the food court the server has something to hold on to when serving and handling it.  The new design has a fold down handle which would make it easier to pack. The lid doubles as a plate and the size is sufficient to hold a decent amount of food.

togoNew design To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Container.

Another option in stainless steel is this container from Sanctus Mundo

ssThis simple design is practical and straight forward. It also has a silicon seal to make it water and air tight. We have all the sizes and have found these to be very handy for travel and storage of leftovers.

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Anther option is the Zebra containers. These are light weight and  made in Thailand. The clasp is easy to open and close so kids can use them. The size is the only limitation on this one, but for a snack or left overs this container fits the bill.

For hot items we use these lovely little containers from thermos called FooGo. foogosmpinkfoogosmblueThese containers are leak proof, keep food cold or hot, light, stainless steel inside and out, with a wide mouth opening they are perfect for kids and adults alike.

The lunch box has evolved into many forms and these four are the ones we use in our house and on the go.  Whatever you choose, chances are you will have the fond memories of lunch times past.  When you choose to go with an environmentally sound option of reusable containers you can be sure your choice is the “green one”.

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Happy new year!

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Hey there everybody.Its me after soooo long I just wanted to post again so I wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone!I will have Kids Corner back up and running in about 1 week or so.

BY Justin

Instead of Education

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John Holt quote passage is from Instead of Education:

Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means, the right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other persons’ experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives. Whoever takes that right away from us, as the educators do, attacks the very center of our being and does us a most profound and lasting injury. He tells us, in effect, that we cannot be trusted even to think, that for all our lives we must depend on others to tell us the meaning of our world and our lives, and that any meaning we may make for ourselves, out of our own experience, has no value.”

On children’s rights and position in society:

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On children’s rights and position in society:

Escape From Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children published by Dutton in 1974.

From page 1:

This is a book about young people and their place, or lack of place, in modern society. It is about the institution of modern childhood, the attitudes, customs, and laws that define and locate children in modern life and determine to a large degree what their lives are like and how we, their elders, treat them. And it is about the many ways in which modern childhood seems to me to be bad for most of those who live within it and how it should and might be changed.For a long time it never occurred to me to question this institution. Only in recent years did I begin to wonder whether there might be other or better ways for young people to live. By now I have come to feel that the fact of being a “child,” of being wholly subservient and dependent, of being seen by older people as a mixture of expensive nuisance, slave, and superpet, does most young people more harm than good.

I propose instead that the rights, privileges, duties, responsibilities of adults citizens be made *available* to any young person, of whatever age, who wants to make use of them. These would include, among others:

  • 1. The right to equal treatment a the hands of the law- ie., the right, in any situation, to be treated no worse than an adult would be.
  • 2. The right to vote, and take full part in political affairs.
  • 3. The right to be legally responsible for one’s life and acts.
  • 4. The right to work, for money.
  • 5. The right to privacy.
  • 6. The right to financial independence and responsibility-ie., the right to own, buy, and sell property, to borrow money, establish credit, sign contracts, etc.
  • 7. The right to direct and manage one’s own education.
  • 8. The right to travel, to live away from home, to choose or make one’s own home.
  • 9. The right to receive from the state whatever minimum income it may guarantee to adults citizens.
  • 10. The right to make and enter into, on basis of mutual consent, quasi-familial relationships outside one’s immediate family-ie., the right to seek and choose guardians other than one’s own parents and to be legally dependent on them.
  • 11. The right to do, in general, what any adult may legally do.
  • end of John Holt passage

    Kids weekly update part 4:6 Activeties

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    Hello there it is me, Justin, and my topic today is six activities for you to do: activity number one:jungle gym getting old?Try climbing a tree!Its lots more excercise on account they were’nt made for it!The best one I know is the one at second beach park at the playground. Number two:Is that motor boating getting motor BORING?Try kayaking instead!So MAYBE it is tough on the elbows.BUT it will give you some excersize on the arms! and then it is tough to get to school when you are 2 minutes late so instead ride a bike!It is fast,excercize and it is fun!Also good for those darned grocery runs that you gotta do.#3:I have a bit of a hard time with this excercise but it is cool to know how to do it and that is swimming!#4:Skiing is an excellent sport if you can get the hang of it but it is fairly easy to do once you get the hang of it and if you like it enough go twice a week!#5: Nintendo thumbs killing you?Of course it is O.K. too use Thumbsmasher 3000 a little but to work out those hands to be stronger try this:pretend you have a newspaper in each hand and scrunch them as fast as possible.And number 6:nature programs can be…not so hot…but being right there is great!imagine if you were in a kayak and you came across a natural waterhole that connects to the lake or whatever and then you can see all these cool animals like maybe even a black bear!(editors note:with adult supervision please!!)well that all for this week but next week:a hint at the contest and my favorite indoor sports!next week,Justin.

    Kids weekly update part 2:Enviroment

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    Hello everyone this is my second post on URBN green. My five steps to bgreen:1:kayaking is much better than motor boating, you are active, you can fish or boat or even just relax! Number two:you think bottled water is better than tap? Well you are right and wrong, plastic can off gas chemicals into the water and tap water already may have chemicals so for the best water get a water purifier. How will you carry it? That is #3 which is stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic and sigg water bottles has really cool water bottle designs and we will soon sell klean kanteen which is purely stainless steel. What about FOOD?? that is #4 which is stainless steel luch boxes that we also will sell and they are great for carrying food to school, work or anywhere! and finally number 5 and that is how to get around? Bike, skateboard or walk! we all are starting to get lazy in our 4×4 hummer SUV to go to school 2 blocks away! get a bike! fun, fast and exercise for you!

    -oh we are out of time but next week:7 steps to a greener life! see ya soon, Justin.

    Weekly kids update part1: RPG’s

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    Hello fellow bloggers!This is my first post on the site:urbngreen.com and my name is Justin I live in Vancouver b.c. and I am ten years old! My hobbies include reading,playing Lego and going on AE(artix entertainment) games dragonfable and adventurequest these are games that include you as your own personalized character.  Each is upgradable by paying a small fee of 20(for one char.) or 30 dollars(for all six and recommended)and you will get access to special quests,items and more stuff.  With a max of 6 characters that can have 20 or more items and finally you can customize your characters color of armor, hairstyle and skin color.  You can be a warrior (uses swords,one,two and three attacks.grows quickly in skill.),rogue(uses daggers regularaley attacks twice and four times, hard to train but the rewards are high by ending battles faster), and mage(very well rounded character but skills come mucho fast and uses all elements.) That is just dragofable!(super top secret note:i will be giving away a dragon amulet character in a contest one day soon).the blog will be updated weekly and next week will be adventurequest details,dragoncoins and glitches hopefully you like AE!

    I also will talk about things that you can do to save energy around your house, because our site is of course URBNgreen, and there are some things we do to help the environmnet.

    bye for now, Justin