Category Archives: Children

Trees Aren’t Brown

by James Morris

Sometimes, it’s hard to see what’s right in front of you.

I recently overheard a conversation between my wife and a close friend. My friend just took up painting, and my wife has painted for many years. They were talking about how to paint trees, when my wife commented, “Look closely at trees – they aren’t brown.”

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Summer Time

by James Morris

At Saint Sulpice, a magnificent church in Paris, there is a famous gnomon made up of three different parts. Against one of the walls of the church is a tall obelisk. Running down the obelisk and across the floor of the church is a brass line set in white marble. And, in a window opposite the obelisk, there is a small hole that lets in a shaft of light on sunny days.

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Cool Beans

by James Morris
Illustration by Sara Haidermota

A few summers ago, I was driving my two sons to a trail head for a hike in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. They were going with a group of kids up a mountain called Iroquois.

I advised them to be sure to bring lots of water for the long hike. In turn, they asked me how I was going to spend my day. “Writing about urine,” I replied.

“Urine?” they asked incredulously.

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