Best of 2015: Claiming Peace and Tranquility

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The original Peace for Paris tweet by the artist himself

Peace—everybody’s talking about it, especially now, in the wake of the attacks across the world. Heartbreaking news will always be there, but sometimes we find strength to bear it only by taking occasional breaks from it.

Camp ideology is based on the value of retreating from everyday life for short periods to strengthen character and resilience in the world. That’s why peace, retreat and tranquility are at the heart of our favorite stories and posts from 2015. We invite you to pour a cup of tea and crack your emotional window for a wisp of fresh air as you peruse the articles below.

Beginning with child’s play for adults and ending in an enchanted forest, we wish you a big dose of tranquility now and for the coming year:


LIVING COLORColored pencilsScreen-soaked adults have found solace in coloring books, relieving stress with a sophisticated twist on the classic children’s pastime. You’ll definitely want to own or share these beautiful designs. (Psst: These would make a great inexpensive Christmas gift for sharing relaxation with the stressed adults in your life.)

[Curated from NYMag | The Cut: “Meet the Adults Who Love to Color” by Jessica Roy]


GREEN PEACEnature scene

In light of explosive violence worldwide, one enthusiast discusses ways that nature can promote peace.

[Curated from Children & Nature Network: “Restoring Peace: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World” by Richard Louv]


A STROLL DOWN MUTANNABI STREETMutanaabi streetPreemptive Love Coalition, a nonprofit based in Iraq, gives readers a peak into Iraqi literary culture—an ancient neighborhood bustling with color, coffee, conversations, art, and books.

[Curated from Preemptive Love Coalition: “Defying Extremists and Dictators with Literature—This is Mutanabbi” by Matt Willingham]


COMPASSION IN CLASSROOMSStorycorpsA new StoryCorps app supports a movement in storytelling that cultivates compassion in classrooms.

[Curated from TedBlog: “How Telling Stories Can Transform a Classroom” by Amy S. Choi]


A WALK IN THE PARKwalking in park

A new study shows how a nature walk can affect a brooding brain.

[Curated from The New York Times | Well: “How Walking Changes the Brain” by Gretchen Reynolds]


DROPOUTS TRENDING DOWNgraduatesU.S. News reports high school graduation rates have taken a sharp upturn.

[Curated from U.S. News & World Report: “Fewer Students Dropping Out of High School” by Lauren Camera]


“THE MASK WE LIVE IN”A new documentary explores how messages of masculinity need to be reconstructed, rewritten, and reinforced to promote healthy development in boys.

[Curated from Time Inc. Network: “What Does it Mean to ‘Be a Man’? by Maria Shriver and Jennifer Siebel Newsom]


OPTING OUTSIDEchildren and nature

On the heels of REI’s announcement to close on Black Friday, one nature advocate suggests ways to opt outside all year long.

[Curated from Children & Nature Network: “Seven Ways to Opt Outside All Year Long” by Richard Louv]


TAKING A STANDNew standing desks help channel kids’ fidgety energy toward learning in a California elementary school.

[Curated from NBC News: “California School Children Step Up to Standing Desks” 



A new book transports readers to the natural surroundings that inspired A.A. Milne’s One Hundred Acre Wood.

[Curated from NPR Books: “The Natural World Of Winnie-The-Pooh” by Kathryn Aalto]


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