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No doubt about it — we are in the midst of a reading crisis! Daily headlines remind us of our obsessive anxiety over reading scores and assessments. In all these alarming messages, one word is nowhere to be seen: LOVE! There! I’ve said it!

Happy Birthday, Ella!

No doubt about it — we are in the midst of a reading crisis! Daily headlines remind us of our obsessive anxiety over reading scores and assessments. In all these alarming messages, one word is nowhere to be seen: LOVE! There! I’ve said it!
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The Beat's (a.k.a Jim Fischer) picks for October.
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Balancing Grief and Joy

Loss of a loved one leaves a void at the holidays

My husband lost his courageous, nearly yearlong fight against stage IV pancreatic cancer in September 2013, leaving behind three beautiful children, ages 7 to 13. In less than four months after his passing, each one of us celebrated a birthday, I acknowledged a wedding anniversary and we all marked two major holidays.
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Creating the Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Every December, the performing arts conspire to get everyone in the holiday mood. Ballet brings its Nutcracker, music offers holiday pops concerts and Handel’s Messiah. Theater stages A Christmas Carol but, over the last three decades, a new theatrical tradition has arisen — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
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Keep Your Head about Heat (and Utilities)

Dec. 22 marks the official start of winter, and the memories of last year’s polar vortexes and the heating bills that came with them probably still sting.
Pediatric HealthSource

Winter sports safety

Pay close attention to your child during winter sports. As with most sports, there’s risk of broken bones, bruises, and sprains and strains. But cold-weather activities have their own special concerns, including the chance of frostbite and frostnip (the first stage of frostbite).
All Together Now

When parents and kids share pop-culture passions

It was the year 2000, just after Lego began releasing Star Wars-themed sets. Visual artist and designer Clinton Reno was still a kid-less bachelor, but the nostalgic pull of Lego and Star Wars was irresistible, so he bought and assembled several sets. After marrying and moving, Reno boxed up the bricks and jettisoned them to the attic, where they collected dust for years.
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