Red, White & Grew

Earlier this week I was with some homeschool kids as they caught tadpoles and baby minnows in a creek. One parent quipped, “Sure beats being behind a desk.”

Um, yeah.

Turns out that nature time is beneficial to the whole being, not just what my mother calls “all those long muscles that need to move.” Read on:

Research conducted at the University of Kansas concludes that people from all walks of life show startling cognitive improvement — for instance, a 50 percent boost in creativity — after living for a few days steeped in nature.

Ruth Ann Atchley, whose research is featured in this month’s Backpacker magazine, said the “soft fascination” of the natural world appears to refresh the human mind, offering refuge from the cacophony of modern life.

“We’ve got information coming at us from social media, electronics and cell phones,” said Atchley, associate professor and chair of…

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