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Friday, November 30, 2001


As most Mosquito readers know, page two is reserved for opinions and personal comments in the form of editorials, letters to the editor, and Forum essays. Forum writers are appointed by the Board of Carlisle Communications, Inc., publisher of the Mosquito, to provide independent commentary. Their contributions are based solely on what happens to be on their minds, without input, suggestions or review by the paper's editors. ...more

What animals live in the woods of Carlisle? How can we view the world as they do? Fourteen Carlisle kids, grades three, four and five, participated in the Adventures in Nature class for eight weeks, generously sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Each session began with a walk through the Conant Land, conservation land behind the Town Hall, led by Susan Vecchi, a teacher-naturalist from Massachusetts Audubon's Drumlin Farm. The group visited Castle Rock, found crayfish, spiders and other insects in the pond, explored the woods and practiced experiencing the world as the animals do. "They taped our thumbs!" said Lucas Anagnostopoulos, "and we tried to do things without thumbs like opossums do." On another walk half the group wore wax paper blindfolds and, guided by partners, tried to see the world as skunks do. During the beautiful autumn days the class would also play Native American games and gather material for animal habitats. ...more

Within the Carlisle Historical Collections there is an interesting assortment of children's furniture, dating from the nineteenth century. While few pieces of adult furniture remain, there are three cradles, two carriages and one child's chair in one room of the Historical Society's new home, the Samuel Heald House. If these pieces could talk, they would tell interesting stories of childrearing in the past. ...more

Every day we read, hear, discuss and lament how "the world as we knew it" has changed since September 11. But decades earlier, the world of long-time Carlisle residents had already changed forever, especially those who grew up on Carlisle farms, traveled on dusty dirt roads, knew all their neighbors, and struggled through World War II. ...more

The bird that carries the sky on his back. ...more

It's an early-release school day in Carlisle, but not in Acton, so I'm just about the only parent around with a child over five. At first I'm frustrated by the press of toddlers and the close spaces of the Children's Museum. I'll feel much more comfortable when we move up the hill to the Science Museum for older kids. Yet I remember when I came with toddlers that the home-sized rooms packed with activities and other minichildren were just the ticket for our family. ...more

Ever since our younger son discovered that motels have swimming pools, he wanted to go "Motelling." He didn't care how near or far we were from home; he just wanted to get into that pool. All it took was a glimpse of a pool/vacancy sign, and he was reaching for his bathing suit. The three "C's" didn't come into play at all. Cost, convenience, and cleanliness. ...more

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