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A Creative Move Toward Kindness

By Renee Williams   Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a rule that has proven its excellence as a moral guide since the beginning of time. And really, what better teaching than “The Golden Rule” can we utilize in our day-to-day approach to parenting? One local teen is doing just that and ushering in kindness in 2020 by reaching out to schools, acknowledging the effects of school bullying and the responsibility we have to one another to practice The Golden Rule. High school senior, Genesis Williams was born January 5, 2002, to Earl...

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Ringing in the New Year with With Hope, Joy and Optimism

By Dana Harris   As we ring in the New Year, what do we want to celebrate, accomplish and focus on in 2020? This time of year evokes the possibility of change more than any other month on the calendar.  Each January, millions of people set goals for themselves. Unfortunately, many will notoriously give up their goals within a few weeks. Researchers say about 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions but only 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Most resolutions unwisely focus on making sweeping changes, or changes that require staggering efforts to pull off and...

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Nappa Awards – Apps and Podcasts We Love for 2019

Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards, has highlighted some Apps that are sure to put a smile on the faces of young boys and girls this holiday season. Here are a few of her recommended selections from the NAPPA 2019 Apps and Podcasts guide. Journey with Story – Children’s Storytelling Podcast Hosted by children’s author and Scottish storyteller, Kathleen T. Pelley, who shares retellings of fairy tales and folktales, beloved classics, nonsense poems and a sprinkling of her own original tales, all with a distinctive Celtic flavor. Free, 3-10,   Tynker: Coding Games for Kids...

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Colton Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Thanksgiving Week

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tuesday, November 26 7pm New acts, holiday scenes, and theatrical wonder set the stage for Broadway singers, dancers, cirque artists and other remarkable cast of the Cirque Dreams Holidaze extravaganza. Audiences will celebrate the joy of the season with over 300 spectacular costumes and 20 of the world’s most astonishing performance acts. There are holiday songs including some twists on seasonal favorites such as “Deck the Halls”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”. Family entertainment meets musical imagination in this creative show filled with colossal ornaments, snowmen, carolers, gingerbread, toy soldiers, penguins, candles and Santa...

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Rooted Gatherings

Root vegetables are trending in the culinary world. With balsamic glazes, oven-roasted chars or grill-marked skins they are on the covers of popular cooking magazines. Rutabaga, celeriac (celery root), rainbow carrots, pink ginger, and radishes are just a few of the members of the root family. They are identified as bulbous, tuberous and tap by their underground growing systems. At harvest, farmers hunch over broken earth to uproot these often colorful, yet dirt-clod produce. And as farm-to-table recipes are on the rise, there has been a 40% increase in their consumption over the past 4 years. Yet, these crunchy...

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