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Shannon Rhodes

  • This year on January 21 we celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day. But whether you watch and write about squirrels or anything else, we think it is time for you to get writing stories just as magical as nature rings made of acorns at recess.
  • Once upon a time my family met what we now call ‘paralyzing berries’ on a hillside hike. I still don’t know the common name, let alone the scientific one. I sure could’ve used Naturalist Jack Greene’s plant identification and probable warning not to taste those tart wild berries that day.
  • One of the greatest compliments a teacher could possibly receive, in my opinion, from a student having never been on any of my class lists, is an invitation to make a writing dialogue journal, a pen pal exchange with no grades or due dates attached.
  • If I were to ask you to craft a list of words that represent your connection to the natural world, which words immediately pop into your mind? Of course, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.”
  • In their picture book “Everywhere, Wonder,” Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr challenge readers to find a story in places and phenomena both ordinary and extraordinary.Fossils provide hints to the size and shape of prehistoric life, but they leave a lot of the colors and textures to the imagination.
  • When I marveled at seeing students eagerly identify birds, Mr. J. smiled. “You know, Shannon, it isn’t about the birds. It’s about being aware.”
  • In this episode of Wild About Utah, Shannon Rhodes reflects on her junior high history fair project and her chat about snow with a Utah snow giant, Alf Engen.
  • I guess the lesson, as a wise first grader reminded me this week during our opinion writing session, is “Don’t yuck somebody’s yum.”
  • A good walk outside is great for the distressed heart and mind. Next time you are frightened by the unknowns or scarred by the realities, consider falling into a forest.
  • The crinoids encased in the limestone boulders along the riverbank remind me that this place was once for millions of years, actually, an ancient inland sea. I find deliciousness here in the dry heat, the muddy grit, as a guest who will return, hungry for more.