Archive for the ‘video’ Category

Mushing Along the River

March 5, 2009



Here Booh got a chance to do a little dog sledding with a friend who travels to the iditarod every year. She gives dog sled rides around Western Mass, and this ride was with her new pups.

Alaskan Huskies

Alaskan Huskies

Booh loves animals so much that the combo of thrilling ride plus dogs was so exciting to her!  She got to be a helping hand with setting up the dogs and sled and learned a lot about the process.  She was instructed to hold tight to the harnesses as the dogs were brought from the truck to the sled.  At one point, one of the dogs she was escorting to the sled started to take off.  She tripped and fell, but she didn’t let go, and that dog dragged her a good distance!  

The ride was three miles long.  Her poor little hands were so cold afterwards.  Poor kid.  I really gotta get her some new gloves. – She talked about it the whole time during dinner, sharing all the little details with her dad.  So cute!


Christmas Day Hike

December 30, 2008

On Christmas Day we hiked down our property to where the river and the stream meet. With all the snow we had, melting after a rainy now above freezing day, the river and creek are rushing!

The last second of this video might leave you wondering about the outcome of our hike. One thing I can say about Booh is she’s made of rubber (plus she has a great sense of humor!). So go ahead, laugh!

Snow Lichen

Snow Lichen

You can’t hear it too well, but J says “Look how high the creek is.” And then Booh replies, “It’s a creek, not a cricket.”

Then J says, “Hey honey, what’s this called.” That’s when Booh looks and loses her balance and does a face-plant into the snow.

This is what he was looking at.  Not sure what it is called, so we are calling it Snow Lichen until we can get an id.  There is a Flickr group called ID Please.  I posted this photo here and hopefully some wonderful botanist can do just that.

Murder of Crows

December 29, 2008

What an amazing winter sunset we had last night!  We had been ice skating with good friends when we came outside to a spectacular view.  The air was balmy and we stood in the parking lot outside of the ice skating rink watching the sky change from orange to pink to violet.  If only the utility poles and fence (and houses and road and mounds of gray snow) weren’t in the way of this beautiful scene. 

And to add to this amazing view, on the opposite side of the parking lot , was a murder of crows.  Below I’ve posted a short video I shot.  

I had no idea that a collective noun for a flock of crows was a murder of crows.  And how lucky were we to witness them on the 4th Holy Night.  But what does it all mean? 

How to Crack an Egg

August 9, 2008

There’s more than one way to crack an egg.  After giving Booh a “lesson” on how to crack an egg when she was helping me make pancakes one morning, I found this video.  She loves it … especially the ending.  Check out how a snake does in this 2 minute video:

Charlie Goes to Candy Mountain

July 29, 2008

Featured Video: Charlie the Unicorn

An animated cautionary tale for kids seeking Candy Mountain that (some) parents will appreciate.  I found it pretty funny, but then I have been known to have a twisted sense of humor from time to time.  

Take an adventure with Charlie the Crabby Non-Believer Unicorn to visit the magical Leopluredon who discloses the way to Candy Mountain, just over the magical bridge of hope and wonder. [3:49 minutes] (Rated PG)

Featured Video: Food Fight

July 27, 2008

I love discovering the history of food and nutritional anthropolgy. I think it’s a great way to explore history and other cultures, especially with kids. I recently came across the video, Food Fight, a short film by Stefan Nadelman. I found myself completly engrossed (not to mention grossed-out). The film is an “abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict … as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination [through] chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression. (1)”

“Smorgagsbord of aggression” is a great way to describe the cinematography of the film. As I mentioned, I found myself engrossed as Nadelman recounted different American military conflicts, and at the same time I was taken aback by the hostilities, as represented by the decimation of food. Signs of a good film maker!

I don’t feel the film is appropriate for my 6-year old, but older students exploring World and American History might benefit from watching this short film (parents should screen first before allowing their children to watch to determine if age appropriate). Conflicts represented include World War II, the Arab-Israeli War, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Viet Nam, the Cold War, the Intifada, the Gulf War, 9/11, Afghanistan, and Gulf War II.

Can you guess which countries the following foods in the film represent?:

  • pretzel & bratwurst
  • matzah (matzoh, matzo)
  • croissant
  • fish ‘n’ chips
  • burger ‘n’ fries
  • sushi
  • beef stroganoff
  • kebabs (kebobs)
  • bagel (w/cream cheese & lox)
  • kimchi (kimchee)
  • dumpling & egg roll
  • Cuban sandwich
  • spring roll
  • falafel
  • chicken nuggets
  • fried chicken sandwich

I first watched the film without knowing which conflicts were being played out nor which countries each food group represented. Families might find it more useful from a home-study stand point to first review which country the food represents before viewing. A cheat sheet can be found HERE.


July 26, 2008

Most folks with serious concerns over emergency malnutrition of children in developing countries have probably heard of Plumpy’nut. Plumpy’nut is a “peanut-based food for use in famine relief which was formulated in 1999 by André Briend, a French scientist (1),” produced by the French company Nutriset.

A recent report by 60-minutes examines this “miracle food”:

Every year, 5 million children die worldwide from malnutrition. That’s one child every six seconds. Now, the relief group Doctors Without Borders says it has something that can save millions of these children. It’s called “Plumpy’nut” – a ready to eat and cheap to produce food that might be the most important advance ever in the fight against malnutrition. Anderson Cooper saw the benefits of plumpy’nut firsthand in the African nation of Niger.

I applaud the immediate success of this product, and if in the same situation I would seek out and feed my daughter Plumpynut without hesitation. But I of course have my concerns. It seems like a similar product for developing countries could have been produced years ago. So why this product, now? I’m certain organic is cost-prohibitive, but why is it so cheap to produce this product? Are genetically modified ingredients, BGH’s and pesticide residue also packaged along with the vitamins and minerals? And if so, what sort of health consequences might be seen down the road for these children and future generations?

These are concerns I have, but at the same time I am glad to see that families and children are having immediate health benefits.

Are you interested in the ingredients and nutrient content found in Plumpy’nut? (more…)

Ice Cream & Pretzels

July 25, 2008


Ice Cream in a Can & Pretzel Rods (c) Sienna Wildfield (click to see more photos)

Ice Cream in a Can and Pretzel Rods (click to see more photos)

Why ice cream and pretzels?  I’ve started to notice pretzel ice cream cones showing up in different ice cream parlors and thought it odd … until my daughter and her friend turned me on recently to the idea of this culinary pairing.  We had made homemade raspberry ice cream in a can and took it along with us for an evening picnic on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center while listening to live music.  I had also pack some UTZ pretzel rods, along with various picnic salads and fruit.  What I forgot to pack were spoons!  But no worries … pretzel rods to the rescue.  Leave it up to a child to devise a way to eat ice cream out of a can without a spoon.  This must have been the origins of how pretzel ice cream cones were first discovered, a resourceful Pennsylvania Dutch child nevertheless; sort of like how the original waffle ice cream cone was “discovered” at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.  – Speaking of which, check out this video the History Channel produced about the origin of the ice cream cone:

If the video is no longer active, here are some links to peruse:

Life Cycles: Ages 1 to 100

February 6, 2008

Life Cycles: Ages 1 to 100

In three minutes watch as people from the ages of 1 to 100 share their age and beat a drum. If your kids are studying life cycles this is a interesting film for them to see.