Michelle Riggen Ransom

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A fan of all things oceanic, Michelle keeps moving from one coast to another. She's lived in many cities (always by water) and now with her husband in Seattle is raising two fourth-generation beach babies. Michelle currently works as a communications consultant for tech companies, and on building apps like Craftmonkey and InstaChimp. Apparently a love of nature and a passion for cool technologies are not mutually exclusive, as she is equally smitten with both.

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Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew

Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew

[ 0 ] May 17, 2013 |

Emily Krieger new book busts popular kidtastic myths (like dogs’ mouths being cleaner than humans!) we had to learn more.

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Ice ice baby

Ice ice baby

[ 6 ] January 22, 2009 |

’Tis the season to be freezing, so what could be more fun when you’re stuck inside than to play with ice? Inspired by my son’s current (and very appropriate) school studies on Antarctica, my kids and I went on a hunt for funky containers to fill with water and pop in the freezer to make […]

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Harvest

Harvest

[ 5 ] September 23, 2008 |

By Michelle Riggen-Ransom I will concede, at last, that summer is over if for no other reason than the tomatoes are winding down. Late summer, as any gardener will tell you, means an overabundance of tomatoes; picked and eaten warm off the vine, given away to garden-less neighbors, made into sauce, sliced, canned, collected by […]

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Technical in Nature

Technical in Nature

[ 2 ] August 7, 2008 |

Michelle (our beloved Nature/Nurture columnist) recently started blogging for Pop!Tech–a place for conversations, people, and ideas shaping the future–in addition to her new blog, Social Media for Social Change, and working her day job at BatchBlue Software. Michelle is fortunate that BatchBlue is a very family friendly company and has a virtual office, allowing her […]

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What’s Growing On? A Mid-Summer Update

What’s Growing On? A Mid-Summer Update

[ 7 ] July 29, 2008 |

By Michelle Riggen-Ransom Lately I’ve been spending far too much time over at the Pop!Tech blog, blinding myself with science. I need more nature! Fortunately, I have a lovely husband and son who’ve been tending to our garden over these past few weeks, so I wanted to provide a mid-summer garden check-in. Let me remind […]

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Meet a Gardner (and Parent!): TJ Sondermann

Meet a Gardner (and Parent!): TJ Sondermann

[ 4 ] June 27, 2008 |

By Michelle Riggen-Ransom This “Meet a Parent” is a little different than usual. To kick off a summer of gardening, I interviewed my friend and avid gardener TJ Sondermann about his gardening habits. TJ is a librarian who is currently at home with his almost seven-month-old son. He’s also a committed urban gardener, a fount […]

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Birds, Bees, Arachnids, Me: Talking (or Not Talking) About Sex with Your Kids

Birds, Bees, Arachnids, Me: Talking (or Not Talking) About Sex with Your Kids

[ 8 ] May 30, 2008 |

“Mommy, how are babies made?” The question, of course, had been raised before, what with a little sister joining our household just over a year ago. My husband and I have staved off the inevitable from our curious boy with a deft combination of avoidance, generalities, and feel-good euphemisms. While I was pregnant, we talked […]

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Bigger, Better, Greener: Our Garden Grows Up

Bigger, Better, Greener: Our Garden Grows Up

[ 5 ] April 25, 2008 |

Last year, we had a little garden where we grew a couple of radishes, some peas, beans, a few tiny carrots and one very impressive zucchini. Now that our littlest one is walking, we’re kicking it up a notch and turning a big section of our yard into a lovely, suburban, organic garden. This year’s […]

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Winter Walking: Snowshoeing Family Fun

Winter Walking: Snowshoeing Family Fun

[ 9 ] February 25, 2008 |

More convenient (and cheaper!) than downhill skiing or snowboarding, and easier for little kids than cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is something the whole family can enjoy with just a little preparation and investment.

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Hidden Treasures: Geocaching w/Kids

Hidden Treasures: Geocaching w/Kids

[ 15 ] December 5, 2007 |

By Michelle Riggen-Ransom My family is caught up in the latest craze that’s sweeping the nation: geocaching! Well, okay, maybe it isn’t sweeping the nation but it is pretty cool and it’s also a great way to keep us going on outdoor adventures as the temperature drops and the couch seems more and more inviting. […]

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