Discovery Zone September 14, 2010
Get outdoors and experience nature - it's in our blood.
"An affinity for nature is in our genes," explains R.J. Laverne, The Davey Tree Expert Co.'s manager of education and training. "There's something inside each one of us - whether it's evolutionary and tied to genes or spiritual and tied to Mother Nature. Whatever happens, there is a draw for most humans to be attached in some way to nature. Whether it's conscious or subconscious, we don't understand why, but it feels good."
And, in fact, a lack of connection with nature could be detrimental to our health.Read More
Heroes September 9, 2010
Absolute silence is all Ken Christensen can remember hearing as he walked near the old hemlock grove with others visiting the United Flight 93 crash site in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.
The future 2200-acre park is in an area commonly known as the Laurel Highlands and lies on a plateau between the Allegheny Mountains on the east and the Laurel Mountains on the west.Read More
Growth Spurts August 30, 2010
Children who eat healthy food, sleep well, enjoy learning, and get lots of love and affection, grow into smart and strong adults. Along the way, they blossom from infants to toddlers to grade-school students and high-school students and, finally, adults. It's amazing to watch.
First, they sleep, eat and vigorously grow, just nestled in your arms. Then they start to sit up and babble. Then they talk and walk.
Before you know it, they are running, jumping, speaking full sentences, asking lots of questions and becoming amazing individuals all their own.Read More
Practice Makes Perfect August 19, 2010
Practice makes perfect.
And that's no simple mantra. Studies show that practice improves the brain's memory of most skills, especially the practice of multiple types of movements vs. just one. This variable practice shows better retention of each skill.
And tree climbing is no different. Though it may seem like a simple act to some, for professional arborists like me, competitive tree climbing is a sport - a physically demanding test of job skill, speedy problem solving and aerial nerve. And it involves not just climbing from branch to branch, but using ropes and safety equipment and proper practices that keep you and those around you safe while you work in the sky.Read More