Hans Christian Andersen: The Ultimate Hipster?

April 9, 2015     One of the most beloved and renowned authors of all time celebrated a milestone recently.  April 2nd marked the 210th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, arguably one of the most well known children’s writers of all time. There is no denying that H.C. Andersen, as he is affectionately known throughout…

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Feeling Green

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that makes everyone want to be Irish for a day?  What started out as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has turned into a global festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.       Perhaps…

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International Women’s Month

March 12, 2015   This past Sunday was International Women’s Day – a global celebration established in the early 1900’s to inspire and celebrate the achievements of – and March is National Women’s History Month.  So, I believe I speak for us all when I say that I am so thankful for all of the…

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Leg Godt (Play Well)

March 4, 2015   Do you have a guess as to what toy has been named Toy of the Century?   Here are a few clues: They are small, colorful, and provide hours of fun for children (and adults!) all over the world.  Each year 19 billion are made, and there are enough to give…

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VinterJazz

February 26, 2015 “Jazz is about being in the moment” – Herbie Hancock   Thinking about music festivals usually conjures up images of sunshine, short sleeves and much, much warmer weather – and just thinking about these things right about now brings a deep longing for those far-off sweltering days of summer! Click here for how…

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And the Winner Is…

February 20, 2015   This Sunday the 87th Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be airing on ABC from sunny Los Angeles. It is currently minus one degree outside.  Even if I wasn’t a movie-watcher, I’d tune in if simply to get my mind off of this unreasonable weather!     However,…

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Vasa Park

February 12, 2015   We are in the thick of winter, and what could be better than imagining yourself sitting in a lovely park on a warm spring day; the sun shining brightly among the trees as you breath in that sweet, warm air?  Not much, really.  Especially these days, as the temperature hovers around…

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Groundhog Day

February 5, 2015 This past week Punxsutawney Phil made his annual appearance from Gobbler’s Knob, and it is no surprise to anyone that six more weeks of winter was his prediction.  With historic snowfalls and the deluge of extraordinary winter storms happening all cross the country, hearing more bad news from the likes of a groundhog…

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