We are all accountable. By Norma Burnson


IMG_5918These children’s shoulders are too small to carry this burden. This situation is infuriating.

Honest to God, from the perspective of a Veteran and food production advocate, this situation looks like a set up.

Suspend belief for a minute and consider this, as sustainable resources like clean water, air and food dwindle the haves are getting rid of the have nots. Concurently the race for A.I. development intensifies.

Driverless cars, automatic groceries check out, etc. – creating a huge number of disengaged and desensitized people.

As I work on my next book, Sustainable Food for the Globe; Future Pioneers’ The Children (#FPTC) my focus has shifted from one of consern to that of being alarmed for the safety of our children.

Attacking innocent children! That is pure undisguised evil! Check out what Leslie E. Gibson (@LeslieEGibson2) posted about children who survived the Parkland Florida shooting.

I am royally pissed off. All I have to say, this evil shallnot pass. Not on my watch.

And for heaven’s sake stop spouting “Someone should do something”. You are someone and you can do something. Get off your ass, fight and kick back this infestation darkening our spirits. You don’t need a semi-automatic rifle, Jesus didn’t, Mother Theresa didn’t, Ghandi didn’t and the great founding fathers of this country didn’t either.

Look in the mirror, give yourself a good long look then give yourself a reality check. If you don’t like what you see the do something to better yourself. Use the code word “Accountable”.

Give a voice to the voiceless.

Truly Pussed Off,


Norma Burnson


It wasn’t wanted. By Norma Burnson

There is an abandoned house across the street from my dearest friend’s house. It has several signs, one says “for sale” and the other says “condemned property, public nuisance”.

From my second floor window I see people walking by and giving it that look. You know, the “it wasn’t wanted” look. Nonetheless, one day I will buy that dilapidated little house and with lots of love, sweat and tears bring it back to life.

“Why?” You might ask. Well I remember hearing that someone once said something like, Some people see what is and ask why. I see what can be and ask why not.

What do I see? In my mind’s eye I see all the land around that little house and imagine a garden full of flowers, fruits, vegetable and then some. In my mind’s eye I see young children and gray haired grandmas tending lovingly to an ever expanding community garden.

And inside that dilapidated little house I see a tinny tiny art galley. On the walls are drawings of the garden that where painted by the children.

We hang them up on the gallery walls in the fall and then throughout the winter the children visit the tiny renovated house to write stories about each painting.

As spring approaches the children prepare seedlings and such. Then when the weather is right the planting begins. But this time when new visitors come by instead of finding a dilapidated little house, they are greeted by young historians ready to share with others the story of the beautiful little house “that wasn’t wanted”.

And with every passing year, the young historians welcome a new group of Future Pioneers to the Children’s garden and together eagerly await to see how Mother Earth brings their stories and their paintings come to life.


Remember that movie line “If you build it, they will come?” By Norma Burnson

Many of you know that I have been bed ridden for over 23 years. During that time I was taken care of by my husband 24/7. He has never complained and has reassured me I have never been a burden.

I have also been very fortunate to have a close knit group of friends, who are very dear to me, believe that one day I would walk again and regain the strength to pursue one of my dreams.

On January 29th 2018, after several years of preparation, I managed to get out of bed. Doing my new wobble, wobble penguin walk, with cane in one hand, I walked down the stairs, then to the front porch, looked around and waved the house goodbye.

Kevin, my husband, then helped me and our little papillon Flirt into a rental truck. We had donated many things and left behind others knowing that the items would be taken to and divided amongst the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans and the Purple Hearts Veterans organizations.

We left behind everything that could be replaced. I waved goodbye to the garden, the trees I had planted 23 years ago, the little townhouse and the body of my little furbaby Bubbles, who had passed away just a week earlier.

As Kevin started the truck a thought entered my mind. Last year for Christmas I put up decorations and a handmade sign that read “Show kindness to all”. It was there day in and day out. A few days before we left, the crew from the Salvation Army came by to pick up more donations. One of the men from the crew said to me, “It is good to meet people who believe in that”.

I gave him a quizzical look and he pointed to my little old Christmas sign. I knew then that the decision to leave the townhouse and move into the country was a very good one.

The reason for renting the truck is that for the last 5 years I have been working towards establishing a Future Pioneers’ Children’s Garden for children to learn all about food production.

When your work to bring your dreams to fruition and it is for the better good of all, unexpected blessings and doors open.

Today we received our seed catalogs and are now planning out the garden. One of my dearest and closest friends has graciously given us permission to use a plot of land she owns. Right now we have children from all around the world giving us ideas on what types of fruits and vegetables to plant.

As I sit here looking out the window I can imagine the delight of the children in this community sharing with other children around the world their stories and adventures of growing their own food.

It takes work to make dreams come true. The way I see it, some may call me names, but you know what? They did the same to Stephen Jobs, Elon Musk and a few others.

Jobs was ridiculed for working out of his garage. Elon was bullied. Mark Cuban in his book states that it only takes just ONCE to succeed.

So like them I have been ridiculed, bulled and what have you. But I am taking this one chance… and it will be for our Future Pioneers, Our Children.

Why? Because together, we can keep Mother Earth vibrant and alive.

And so the adventure begins…




Education at a Glance 2017: How is the OECD engaging with SDG 4?

Empowering our Future Pioneers with education, let them hit the pavement running and fly…

World Education Blog

oecdThe OECD flagship publication, Education at a Glance, has turned its attention to Sustainable Development Goal 4. This is important for confirming the universality of the agenda. But it also carries implications about how the OECD, as an organization representing rich countries, engages in global processes.

Adjusting Education at a Glance to the SDG era

Few organizations can match the innovative contributions of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to international education over the past 20 years. While the spotlight tends to fall on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), its work on issues ranging from school resources to teacher motivation to early childhood education quality helps generate interesting debates on education policy, monitoring and evaluation. The Global Education Monitoring Report team has referred increasingly to OECD research, as a recent bibliometric analysis has shown.

A common thread links OECD innovations, going back to the…

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Child Development, Back to Nature: Eric Assadourian’s Interview on Nature Preschools with David Sobel.

Back to Nature and back to blogging for me.

Well the book “The World We Leave Our Children” by William Sosinsky is finally published. It is the first book from my publishing house The EUC2 Press. There is a lot of catching up to do since my last posted.

For now, I want to share this interview of Daniel Sobel. Eric Assadourian gets straight to the point and asks the question “What are the benefits of young children’s active involvement with nature?”

In previous posts I brought up concerns about the disconnect between children and Mother Earth.

In this interview, Professor Sobel explains this phenomena in more depth and in an relaxed and easy to understand manner. (Quite an eyeopener).

As one begins to see firsthand the benefits children receive from Interacting with nature, the more we will be compelled to keep our home, Mother Earth, vibrant and alive.

You know, there are plenty of discussions about us humans moving to other planets. Realistically, I don’t like long trips. Plus I hear the seating is very limited and the price per person is in the millions of dollars. (I wonder if the cost of the food is included, or will one have to pay more just to eat? For heaven’s sake, how many pieces of  luggage will they accept before adding overage charges?)

If you are like me, I would rather stay home and work in my own garden, that way I am damn sure of what is in the food I eat and get’s prepared for my family.

So heck,  if you plan to stick around, take time to come by, check out what’s happening with the book “The World We Leave Our Children”.

It is nice to be back,

Norma Burnson