Junior Ranger

When the kids were pretty young, we happened upon the Junior Ranger program at one of our National Parks.  We felt like we struck gold!  We found that in each National Park, the kids are invited to attend a short … Continue reading

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Game of the Week: Mouse Trap

Group Size: 5-20 Age Group: K4-5th grades Length of Activity: 5-10 minutes Developmental Goal: To develop cooperation, teamwork and strategic thinking Skills Practiced: Spatial awareness, agility and reflexes Equipment Needed: None Set-Up: None Before You Start: Choose 2 people to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Feeding Eden

My beautiful, smart, complicated son was born 9 and a half years ago.  Right away, he developed severe eczema.  Then came breathing problems, eventually leading to a diagnosis of asthma.  Then we discovered that he had multiple food allergies. In … Continue reading

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The Learning and Growing Garden

Bell School is already a buzz with dreams of spring! The beautiful, built in 2008 by Teich Garden Systems, will soon thaw out and be ready for planting. The first plant to go in will be peas. This week students … Continue reading

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Growing Vertical

For many urban schools, starting a school garden starts with a fundamental challenge: Where to grow? Space often is an issue. That is, none exists or it’s covered with asphalt. Schools with open ground may have contaminated soil, which makes … Continue reading

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Cookie Money

This is the time of year, where as a “Cookie Momster” for my daughter’s girl scout troop, I volunteer countless hours to sorting and distributing hundreds of boxes of girl scout cookies.  My favorite part of this whole counting, sorting, … Continue reading

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Ashes to Go

Did this phrase catch your attention?  It did mine when I saw it on a sign outside my local coffee shop last week Wednesday.  My first thought was, “why would someone be giving away ashes? After all, it is a … Continue reading

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Cheesy Amaranth- A Corn-free Grits Alternative

Back in the day … before I was married and had kids, my girlfriends and I would go out for weekend brunch. With nowhere in particular to be, we could wait in line for a table at our favorite restaurant, … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Eat Some Butter and Fortified Margarine!

I was trying to remember the last time I heard my mother reminding me to be sure to get my daily serving of butter and fortified margarine.  I think it must have been in…..well never. A friend found Leafet No. … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Chili

I’ve never had Cincinnati Chili before and it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve even been tempted to try. But when Bon Appétit featured a story about different regional chili recipes, it wasn’t the Squash and Black Bean California-inspired Chili … Continue reading

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