Interview: Mark Linfield, Director of Disneynature Feature Chimpanzee

An unlikely friendship in Disneynature feature film Chimpanzee. (c) Disney 2012

  Rusty Pritchard of Flourish Magazine recently interviewed Mark Linfield, co-director of Chimpanzee, to be released today in theaters across the United States. FLOURISH MAGAZINE: What inspired you to  make Chimpanzee? Mark Linfield: … [Read more...]

Connecting Kids to Creation: Everything is Interesting

by Rusty Pritchard The wiring is already there. The mental infrastructure is in place. It's up to us to provide the raw materials.  I'm not a romantic. Don't accuse me of putting the "noble savage" on a pedestal. I'm part scientist, part … [Read more...]

Motherhood as a Mission Field

Do you think that parenting can be a mission field? In her article "Motherhood as a Mission Field" author Rachael Jankovic says that it is. She writes: The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems. As someone once … [Read more...]

Richard Bateman: Kids Need the “Subtle Beauty” of the Backyard

"If people develop a place for nature, all else will follow. Once you have this love, it is easy to begin a lifetime of being immersed in the natural world." So says artist and environmentalist Richard Bateman in an interview in the Oxonian … [Read more...]

Richard Louv Wants To Save Your Kids From The Indoors

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, coined the term "nature-deficit disorder" to describe the negative affects children favoring the indoors over the outdoors. At first, the idea … [Read more...]

A Texas Family Connects With the Outdoors… Through Squirrel Hunting.

Royce Johnson, 65-year-old farmer, says in an article in Texas Monthly, "I've got nothing against computers, but I find them so boring. I can sit on a stump just about anywhere in the woods and be fascinated for hours." Is he talking about … [Read more...]

Kids at Youth Farm Learn Where Food Comes From

At Youth Farm kids "do everything from seed to harvest" and then they get to cook and eat what they have grown. Its a camp devoted to developing youth that uses food and nature as tools to teach kids life skills and give them a hands-on experience of … [Read more...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!


[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]

God Made Known in Creation


Merry Christmas from Flourish! We're taking time to celebrate the "firstborn over all creation," so in lieu of a regular "Deep Down Things" post, we invite you to enjoy this: Dr. Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist … [Read more...]

Make Scottish Shortbread – to Give or Enjoy With Family

Scottish shortbread makes a great gifts

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] There’s some part of any baking recipe that children of any age can really get into, in addition to … [Read more...]

Ditch the Stores and Get Outdoors!


by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Winter may be around the corner, but there’s no need to hibernate. Fall and winter landscapes have … [Read more...]

What do YOU see in the full moon?

The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (1 Co 15:41 NIV) by Rusty Pritchard Full moon tonight. What do you see when you look up at the moon? Do you see the … [Read more...]

Keeping It Real in the Market for Christmas Trees


by Rusty Pritchard Does the prospect of choosing a Christmas tree fill you with the same environmental angst that you get when confronted with “paper or plastic”? or “cloth or disposable diapers”? Those are actually two very hard … [Read more...]

Deep Down Things: Down-Home Environmentalism

By Kendra Langdon Juskus This is the first year I won't be traveling to upstate New York to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. My grandmother passed away last year, and as I reflect on her life this holiday season, I'm re-posting these … [Read more...]