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Renting Toys: What Do You Think?

by Sheila Wathen / Recently I heard about a service that lets you rent Lego sets like you rent DVDs from Netflix. Yes, really. You pay a monthly fee, start a queue of desired Lego sets, and one is mailed to you. You can keep the set as long as you like, and it is…

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Eight

by Michael Miller / Watching the progress of our boys from infants to pre-preteens via photo is exhilarating and unnerving. Film doesn’t lie, and the speed with which our sons are growing up is a powerful illustration of how quickly time melts away. It was particularly startling this year, when Evan’s solo portrait revealed a…

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Summer Fun and Some Learning Too

By Suzi West / Do you and your kids have a “Summer Bucket List”? Or maybe a “Let’s Have the Best Summer Ever” list? What is this you ask? Well, just scour the web and you will find lots of different blog posts and articles on this theme, which simply lists some fun and novel…

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Endless years of Cruising

By Rhaea Miller / Thirteen and a half years ago Lee and I special ordered a Chrysler PT Cruiser, fully loaded,thinking it would be a great family car. The doors opened at 90 degree angles! We were so stupid. We waited NINE WHOLE MONTHS for this car, and when our Providence, RI dealer told us…

Father’s Day Videos

By Sheila Wathen / Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! These videos may or may not describe you, but know we love your efforts to be good dads.   Sheila Wathen works as a teacher, webmaster & technology consultant. For fun she sings in her church choir, does yoga and researches her…

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Can’t Wait

By Steven Burnett / On June 1st, our last daughter graduated from high school. The following weekend, all of her older sisters were home for the graduation party. Because it is rare to have them all together at once, we try to get some pictures of the sisters together. As I watched this activity unfold,…

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Fizz! Boom! READ!

By Cathy Chesher / The Summer Reading Program has begun! Every year the Adrian Public Library as well as the other county public libraries offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. This summer the library celebrates summer reading AND explores the wonderful world of science with the kids’ theme of “Fizz! Boom! READ!”…

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The New “Sandbox”

By Sheila Wathen / “Sensory bins” are the new spin on sandboxes. We all know how much kids love to touch, pick up, squeeze, move and pour whatever is available. The good news is that there are lots of easy and cheap items that you can use as “sandbox” material—all you need is a small…

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Diaper Donation Drive 2014

By Lisa Eack / Lenawee Great Start’s 3rd annual Diaper Drive is happening this month of May! During last year’s drive, the community donated over 8,000 diapers to help Lenawee County families. Did you know there are currently over 500 babies in Lenawee County living in families below the poverty level? Because babies need between…