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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

by Steven Burnett / It was in the news recently that two different families lost their lives because of carbon monoxide gas. I felt it was important to bring back this article on this gas. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a bi-product of combustion. You can’t see it or smell it. It is a heavy gas…

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April Activities & Crafts

Show children the ‘magic’ of plants by letting them see how a seed sprouts and grows. Place a few bean seeds in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel or a couple of damp cotton balls. Tape to a window and watch them grow over the course of a week! Maybe this will inspire…

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April Snack Ideas

Wondering what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs from the Easter basket? Try making some mice! Cut egg in half, then decorate with sliced radish for ears, black olive pieces for eyes, and a chive for the tail.      Berries are a spring favorite, so why not have some fun with your berries?…

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Developing ‘Can-Do’ Thinking in your Child

by Cary Zavala / Self-talk is basically our inner voice, the voice in our head, the subtle running commentary going on in the background of our minds. Everyone has this happening, often without us even realizing it. And what we say in our mind greatly influences our feelings and behaviors. Positive self-talk tends to make…

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Where’s that beeping coming from?

by Steven Burnett / One of my tasks as a home inspector is to make sure that the home has smoke detectors, and that they work. You would be surprised at how many of these things are just being used as ceiling decorations. Now, if you live in a home that was built after about…

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New Picture Book by Local Author

By Cathy Chesher / I am very excited to announce that Lenawee County has a new published picture book author! On March 1, Rodeo Red, written by Tecumseh resident Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Medalist Molly Idle, debuted. Rodeo Red is a “rip roarin’ sibling rivalry” story for ages 4-8 published by Peachtree…

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Peaceful Piggy Meditation

By Cary Zavala / Sometimes the world can be such a busy, noisy place. Imagine getting up 15 minutes early just to practice peacefully being together with your child(ren) for 10 minutes a day. Yes, I know — this IS HARD to imagine. But stay with me… Imagine what it would be like for your…

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March Snack Fun

Make a green smoothie in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! There are lots of recipes to choose from, but SimpleGreenSmoothies.com has a great chart to show you some possibilities. First, blend 2 cups of leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards, dandelion) with 2 cups of liquid (water, milk, almond milk, coconut…

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March Craft Ideas

   Bring some spring with coffee filter flowers and butterflies. First, use watercolors, markers, or food coloring to color the coffee filters. Let them dry flat overnight. For butterflies, just fold the filter accordion-style and use a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) to secure in the middle, then fan out the wings (see parenting.com page for…

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Author and Illustrator Websites

By Cathy Chesher / As I was planning a recent storytime featuring Pete the Cat, I made a quick visit to the publisher’s website to get the download of the accompanying Pete the Cat song. This made me think of all of the other wonderful author, publisher and illustrator websites out there that enhance many…