Category Archives: child development

Setting the Table for the Autumn

Turn Off Your Cellphones! It’s Dinnertime! Here are some opportunities this autumn to learn more about the social, psychological and educational importance of dinnertime conversation and to hear some entertaining excerpts from T.A. Keenleyside’s At the Table, Nourishing Conversation and … Continue reading

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Memories of Indonesia

Here’s an excerpt from At the Table, Nourishing Conversation and Food. It’s from a chapter entitled “On the Road to Social Justice,” depicting Indonesia as it was in the 1970s: In Jakarta, we live in an old Dutch colonial home … Continue reading

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At the Table in the Summer

What tastes more of summer than homemade blueberry muffins? If you’d like to have this classic recipe and also read some entertaining stories, many of them set in cottage country, why not visit the Creemore Farmers Market on Saturday morning, … Continue reading

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Mahatma Gandhi and the Pop-Tart Incident

Here is an excerpt from At the Table, Nourishing Conversation and Food on the subject of differing approaches to parenting: Sharron Dalton is probably the greatest cook I know. She can turn the dwindling resources of the sparsest refrigerator into … Continue reading

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Setting the Table

Here are two events you might want to attend to learn more about At the Table, Nourishing Conversation and Food: 1.) “Turn Off Your Cell Phones. It’s Dinnertime!” Beaches Speakers’ Series, Juice and Java Cafe, 2102 Queen St. East (at … Continue reading

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Table Talk With Kids

Here’s an excerpt from At the Table, Nourishing Conversation and Food (Penumbra Press, 2012) on the subject of conversing with children at dinnertime: “Isto e chato,” Sam, seven, a demanding eater, complains–“This sucks” in Portuguese. It’s a phrase I taught … Continue reading

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Turn Off Your Cell Phones. It’s Dinnertime!

Do we have as many meals around the dining room table as we used to–together as families and friends, enjoying good company and conversation as well as good food? Most observers of contemporary culture tell us “no”, not in today’s … Continue reading

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