Joanna and I watched the sun lower this week across the Haro Strait near Lime Kiln lighthouse. Several times a year, Orca whales breach during the sunset in this spot. This evening, smoke enhanced the pink red sun surrounded with pastel hues with a greyish blue backdrop.
It was time to pause completely and see the sun set in a fresh new light. Although no Orcas where spotted, it was a mesmerizing, calming panorama.
If you visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest, be sure to take a ferry or small flight to the San Juan island, the second largest of hundreds of islands in the region. It's a fascinating region visited by some well known figures.
This piece of Washington state might have belonged to England and later Canada if it weren't for the Pig War in which the only casualty was a pig! It might well have been settled over a game of chess between the American and English camps but unfortunately it was not.
When planning class curriculum, effective learning doesn't require that latest gadgets. Experiences and methods that worked before can be shared in a fresh new way.
There has been some remarkable innovation in devices to support chess play.
However, some of the most useful tools for chess learning are the classic concepts that haven't changed much over the years. Chess computers have been around for decades and these days some may seem outdated.
But it's exactly these basic tools that parents and educators are recommending to assist children with healthy brain development that's associated with the use of fine motor skills and strategy concepts.
Chess School is an inexpensive chess computer that provides hours of play and learning.