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Any caregiver, especially one with young children, has likely found themselves in this scenario: their kiddo asks (probably quite loudly in public) why someone’s body shape, skin color or even behavior is different from their own.

There is still time left this spring to plant what are called “summer bulbs.” Planting bulbs is not a chore, it's an investment in color, in life, in joy. Unlike other kinds of investments, the cost is low, and you are pretty much guaranteed to get far more than you put into it. Even if you …

Caring for young children can be a challenge in any given time — and especially so during a pandemic. Thankfully, there is no shortage of local support and resources for those who need it, helping show parents and families that child care is not only possible but a joyful experience.

Pregnancy & Babies

We are not meant to mother alone – and this year’s World Breastfeeding Week challenges us to thank the parents who have gone before us and encourage and mentor the pregnant families and friends in our lives.

Little Kids

To create again, produce anew, to replace by new growth, sometimes changed. These are the meanings of regeneration, and they resonate so fully with the current season. Thank goodness for these cycles framing the year and offering a new lens to look through. The seeds we sow now will transfor…

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Growing up, summer was always a magical time for me. It wasn’t just the warm, long days, or floating in the river, or ice cream cones; for me, summer was the time I got to read whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I spent long days lounging on our porch, reading pretty much anything I cou…

We came upon a dead porcupine recently ... freshly expired most likely, the poor fellow well preserved but still soft, his brown and tan quills swaying in the forest breeze.

I have always bucked against society norms. They have always felt uncomfortable, limiting and lacking personal importance, and therefore have gotten little to no response from yours truly.

Big Kids & Teens

There is something about the human brain that finds beauty in symmetry and loves to create order. I experienced this myself when I taught geometry for the first time and learned how to inscribe stars and triangles inside of circles. In hard times, I have repeatedly found that beauty-making s…

Learning math in the time of the pandemic makes me think of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love In the Time of Cholera.” I don’t mean that math is especially difficult to learn during this challenging time (though that may be true). I mean that even during the worst of times, math can be s…

Family Wellness

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Any caregiver, especially one with young children, has likely found themselves in this scenario: their kiddo asks (probably quite loudly in public) why someone’s body shape, skin color or even behavior is different from their own.

Caring for young children can be a challenge in any given time — and especially so during a pandemic. Thankfully, there is no shortage of local support and resources for those who need it, helping show parents and families that child care is not only possible but a joyful experience.

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There’s a familiar story about imagination, which goes roughly like this: Imagination, whatever it may be, is not belief. For, there are glaring differences between belief and imagination. We don’t have to believe something to imagine it, for instance.

New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS), established in 2003, began as a pilot program to introduce locally sourced cider and apples to the Granite State’s K-12 schools. Soon enough, half of the cafeterias in the state were purchasing local apples for their students, and the program was off to …

Tasty Table

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Poached, scrambled, sunny-side up and over-easy, just a few ways of making eggs outlined in the children's book, “Two Eggs, Please” by Sarah Weeks and Betsy Lewin. The variety of ways to enjoy eggs are plentiful and as unique as the individuals that eat them. One of the great things about eg…

Education

To create again, produce anew, to replace by new growth, sometimes changed. These are the meanings of regeneration, and they resonate so fully with the current season. Thank goodness for these cycles framing the year and offering a new lens to look through. The seeds we sow now will transfor…

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Growing up, summer was always a magical time for me. It wasn’t just the warm, long days, or floating in the river, or ice cream cones; for me, summer was the time I got to read whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I spent long days lounging on our porch, reading pretty much anything I cou…

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Exploring our senses can foster our connection to the world around us. The more aware we are when outside, the more we will notice the presence of other creatures around us. If your senses are really alert, maybe you’ll notice the animals that are hiding and watching you. Are you ready to tu…

There is still time left this spring to plant what are called “summer bulbs.” Planting bulbs is not a chore, it's an investment in color, in life, in joy. Unlike other kinds of investments, the cost is low, and you are pretty much guaranteed to get far more than you put into it. Even if you …

Books

Some of our most recognized and beloved art rarely shows up on the walls of art museums. But these colorful and imaginative works, created to bring life to stories written for children, are often remembered long after the story itself is forgotten.