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Features

School

We are about three weeks into Little Bean’s first grade when it occurs to me that I am no longer aware of the person she’s becoming.

As the beautiful ice and snow begins to arrive, this is the season when tradition invites us to find the green in nature and bring it indoors. One of my favorite ways to do this as a child was to make a terrarium, or a miniature forest in a jar.

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As a kid, all I wanted to do was read and make up stories. Despite frequent library and bookstore trips, I quickly chewed through everything for kids and young adults I could find in my house and at school. I turned to my parents’ shelves, where I’d find grown-up books that looked interesting.

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

School

We are about three weeks into Little Bean’s first grade when it occurs to me that I am no longer aware of the person she’s becoming.

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.

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.

Tasty Table

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If I ask you how many types of apples you can name, you could spend a good time doing it, as the United States alone grows over 100 types. And what about pears? How many can you list? Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Forelle, Concorde. This list is not as long, as there are only ten v…

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There are many nutritious purple foods that are good for you: eggplant, purple cabbage, figs, blackberries, and blueberries. Purple foods are high in nutrients that keep your heart and brain healthy. Today, we’re going to focus on the blueberry, as it’s blueberry season here in New England; …

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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

School

There are roughly a dozen private schools in the Monadnock Region that have been following the same general guidelines for COVID-19 safety as public schools in the state. Yet while the number of active cases per 100,000 in New Hampshire has hovered between 4 and 500 this month, there have be…

The decision to put your child in a private school is not always an easy one. How do you know if your child would be a good fit? Is the cost of a private school worth it? Or, would a public school offer more diversity? When it comes down to a private school versus public school, the most imp…

Medicine

Back-to-school season often comes with a rush of different emotions for parents. This year, like so much else, these emotions have been pushed to the extreme. If this has been causing you stress, you’re not alone.

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A group of sophomores jet out the front door of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, headed to grab lunch across the street at The Works. “We’ll be right back!” they yell to Office Assistant Allison Murray as they sign out, and head down Main Street together. The students are taking advantage of an op…

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.