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February 2020

Vol. 13 Issue 2

S o Much t o L ove ! Spring Training Schedule  p. 21

PCS Teacher of the Year David Martinez-Cooley p. 41

The Most Romantic Gift p. 32

Publisher: Editor: Designer: Web Developer:

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T ake Me Out to the Ballgame

February We 5 This Recommend That You…

6 Parent to Parent by Jennifer Beck

7 Movie Night 8 February Fun Facts 9 It’s Great to Create! 10 Reader Photos of the Month Young and the Young at 11 The Heart by Joy Lancaster

Minor Settlements: 12 Florida Allen v. Montalyan by Chris Reynolds

Your Child Ready for 14 IsKindergarten? by Dr. Kira Wilson

15 Heart Gallery Pro Dad: Valentine’s Day, 16 All It’s Not About You by AllProDad.com

This World With 17 Leave Memories, Not Dreams! by Gaynel Senka

Diaries: 11 Keys for 18 Dungy Loving Your Family by Tony Dungy, AllProDad.com

Questions to Get to Know 19 20 Him Better

Focus on the Family

Most Romantic Gift– 20 Take Me Out to the Ballgame 32 The Keep a Lifelong Fascination Spring Training With Your Spouse 21 MLB by Dr. Greg Smalley Schedule

24 Family Night Out Coupons 26 Kids in the Kitchen Tropical Garden 28 The by Jené VanButsel Spotlight: Perfectly 29 Species Pigmy by ZooTampa at Lowry Park

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37 Building Community Gulf Coast Family 38 2020 School Guide Success Begins With 40 Math Algebra by Judy Adorno, Sylvan Learning Center of St. Petersburg

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This February we recommend that you… READ IT

Men Are Clams, Women Are Crowbars by Dr. David E. Clarke

It’s not news to say that men and women are different . . . what’s worth discussing is how to deal with those differences―including the huge impact of what Dr. David Clarke calls their Crazy Making Differences. Men Are Clams, Women Are Crowbars looks at the widely divergent ways men and women approach emotional issues, then offers solutions for those couples who want to bridge the gender gap, especially in marriage.


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by Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli is one of the world’s biggest classical stars – he’s sung for Popes, Presidents and royalty and has performed at many of the greatest concert halls and opera houses, and at major international events including the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He has received a Golden Globe, 7 Classical BRITs and 7 World Music Awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Si Forever is an extended special edition of Si, his chart-topping album that he released last year, which features some of the biggest names in pop music, as well as a few of Bocelli’s friends.

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February 6 – 17 The fair returns for the 116th year with a “Discover the Fun” theme. In addition to rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions andshopping, this year the fair guarantees over 100 free things to do. Come out with the entire family and enjoy all the excitement and rides you know and love from The Florida State Fair. Enjoy an amazing line up of concerts and shows! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.floridastatefair.com


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Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Their Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs. This is a great website for kids and teachers alike.

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for Rabbit is a frequent choice), and definitely no bacon (for Piglet’s sake!).

Parent to Parent As obscure holidays go, none is so important in our house as “National Winnie-the-Pooh Day,” celebrated on A.A. Milne’s birthday each year. No one knows the origin of the holiday, and we’re not even sure if “national” refers to the United States, Great Britain, or somewhere else entirely. But my daughter Haylee, who would be a serious contender for the title of “Winnie-the-Pooh’s biggest fan”, has very big plans for the day every year. This is not the sort of holiday where you just watch one little movie. She needs to be surrounded by her stuffed animals, watch a marathon of Pooh movies, and have appropriate snacks – honey obviously, but also something to honor the other characters (carrot cake

Haylee had two disappointments as National Winniethe-Pooh day approached a few weeks ago. The first was that she learned that her uncle, who was of course to be invited to her party, was going to be in England on the big day and wouldn’t be able to attend. That disappointment was at least mitigated by the realization that he would actually be in the place where it all happened. Then, due to lots of company and some other scheduling conflicts, that weekend turned out to be the only time when we could take my son Daniel to Disney to use up the last two days on a four-day pass before it expired. Now, Disney wouldn’t generally be a problem, except Daniel wanted to go to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, neither of which has a significant Winniethe-Pooh presence. Sometimes you can see Pooh and Tigger in Epcot, but not always. So we arrived at a compromise. Dad would take Daniel and Hanna to Epcot, and I would

take Haylee to Magic Kingdom, where one can always count on finding Pooh characters and taking a ride through the Hundred Acre Wood. I even managed to get a reservation for a late lunch at Haylee’s favorite restaurant, Crystal Palace, so we could meet multiple characters without waiting in any lines. Even though it wasn’t quite like she had pictured it, it turned out to be a great National Winnie-thePooh day for Haylee. She packed up one each of all of her Pooh friends in a giant bag and brought them along. And as a result, the characters at the restaurant definitely recognized her as a top fan – we were there for two parades, and each time, one of the characters came and got Haylee to lead it. And the icing on the cake was when her uncle returned the next week with a new Pooh stuffed animal from Harrod’s, the same store where the original Winnie-the-Pooh was purchased. Until next time,


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Sonic the Hedgehog – Feb 12

Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend -- a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination.

The Call of the Wild – Feb 19

Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s, where he experiences the adventure of a lifetime.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – Feb 27

Despite his efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his reputation for mischief among the other rabbits. Once he adventures out of the garden Peter finds himself in a world where mischief is appreciated, but soon his family come to bring him home.


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Black History is Our History In honor of Black History Month, Regions Bank is once again offering the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest to high school seniors and college students. The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest is based on the submission of a competitive essay about an inspirational African-American. To enter, applicants write a 500-word essay about how an African-American has inspired and motivated him or her. Entries will be accepted through February 29th. Contest Official Rules and complete entry details and eligibility requirements are available on the campaign’s website, www.regions.com/ridingforward. Valentine’s Day has always been about showing your affection for that special someone. For that extra personal touch this year, why not show you care by trying one of the many great Valentine ideas you will find throughout this issue of Gulf Coast Family. If all else fails, remember you can never go wrong with roses!

The Florida Strawberry Festival is ranked as one of the top fairs in all of North America and is a true American experience. Celebrating its 85th anniversary, this year’s festival runs from Thursday, February 27th to Sunday March 8th. Featuring 24 headline acts, 80 thrilling rides, over 400 vendors and the “best strawberries” anywhere, this year’s Strawberry Festival is sure to be a big hit!

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Directions: 1. Clean bottles and remove all labels. 2. Have children decorate the bottles with stickers and markers. 3. Have children personalize messages on the construction paper. 4. Roll paper and tie with yarn and insert in bottle. 5. Seal bottle, tie ribbon around top and give to that special someone.

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Valentine’s Photo Frame You need: • Empty heart shaped candy box • Favorite photo • Scissors • Craft knife • Glue

Directions: 1. Clean out chocolate box and print out a favorite photo to match the size. 2. Trace the heart shape on the photo and cut the photo to fit in the candy box. 3. Glue the photo into the heart box. 4. Cut three sides of a rectangle into the top of the candy box with the uncut edge at what is the top of the heart. 5. Fold the rectangle down and that will be the stand for the frame. 6. Glue the top of the box (with the stand) upside down to the bottom of the box with the picture inside. 7. Let Glue dry and give finished frame to your sweetheart. February 2020 • 9



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When I was teaching kindergarten, the month of February was always the time to celebrate our wonderful country, the United States of America. Children at that age are just becoming aware of the differences between their city, state, and country. If I asked my students what country they lived in, most of them would say, “Florida.”

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It was always fun finding ways to awaken a feeling of patriotism in their young minds. We learned about George Washington and made a paper plate face with a cotton ball wig. The face of Abraham Lincoln was graced with a black beard made by tracing their hands onto black paper. It is never too early to begin teaching our little ones to have a love and pride for our great country. Maybe your grandkids have watched animated films about the people who stand behind the founding of our country. Check with your local library for more of these DVDs and also for the beautiful picture books that are available. Let’s be sure our grandchildren experience all that makes our community unique among so many other great places to live here in the USA. Since we are blessed with beautiful weather most of the year, why not take advantage of the many outdoor activities along the Gulf Coast? For starters, we have a movie star right here in Clearwater—Winter the dolphin! The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is another great place for little ones to see our community at work. The Looper Trolley in downtown St Petersburg is fun just for the ride, but also a great way to get a new view of our beautiful waterfront. For children who are a little older, take them to visit City Hall and let them see our city officials at work. One of the many responsibilities we, as grandparents, enjoy is to plant seeds in children’s hearts which will Grandparent's Tip grow into a greatChildren love to sing. Find a er awareness of catchy patriotic CD, and play it in their community your car’s CD player. You will be and their country. amazed how quickly little ones can learn anything that is set to music!


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Florida Minor Settlements: Allen v. Montalyan by Chris Reynolds

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death in the United States for minors. Each year, approximately 167,000 children are injured and 1,100 are killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Unsurprisingly, there are many automobile accident settlements involving minors. Florida has multiple laws to protect minors in these situations. One of the stated policy reasons for this is to prevent the parents or legal guardians from spending the settlement money before the child becomes an adult at age 18. There are two important things that may or may not be required for settlements for minors: (1) approval by a court of

the settlement; and (2) appointment of a guardian ad litem for the minor who will represent the interests of the minor.

Guardian Ad Litem Florida Statute 744.3025 requires that anytime there is a settlement where the gross amount is $50,000 or greater, the court must appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the minor’s interests. Further, in any case with a gross settlement that exceeds $15,000, the court may, at its discretion, appoint a guardian ad litem for the minor. Under Florida Statute 744.387, if the net settlement amount (after reduction of medical bills, attorney’s fees and costs, etc.) that will go to the minor exceeds $15,000, the court must appoint a guardian ad litem as well.

Court Approval Some cases are settled before any lawsuit is filed, of course. However, these rules still apply to pre-suit settlements. For those cases where a lawsuit has been filed, every settlement must be approved by the court.

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If the injury claim for the minor is settled before the filing of any lawsuit and the gross settlement amount is less than $15,000, there is no general requirement to get court approval. If the gross settlement is greater than $15,000 and the net amount to the minor is less than $15,000, but no lawsuit is filed, court approval of the settlement is required, though there is no obligation to appoint a guardian ad litem. Some courts in Florida (but not all) require that even if the gross settlement amount is less than $50,000 and the net amount to the minor is less than $15,000, the money must be put in a depository account and that money can only be removed from the account with Court approval.

Allen v. Montalvan In this case, multiple minor children were injured in a motor vehicle collision. Specifically, there was one adult who died, one adult who was injured, and three children who were injured. The at-fault party had only $50,000 total in insurance to cover all of these people.

The $50,000 was given to the attorneys for the adults and children, but the insurance company did not specify how much was for each person. The attorneys ended up giving $25,000 to each adult, and gave none for the children. No court approval for this settlement was obtained. A couple of years later, the mother of the children filed a claim for injuries on behalf of the children. The insurance company asked the court to dismiss the claim, stating that the claim was already settled. Though the trial court initially agreed with the insurance company and dismissed the claim, the mother appealed on behalf of the children, and the appellate court disagreed. The appellate court reasoned that the gross settlement amount was $50,000, and since it involved children, a guardian ad litem was required. Accordingly, the initial settlement was not proper and the claim was still open for the children. As you can see, minor settlements can become very complex depending on many factors. If you or a loved one knows a minor who has been injured due to the negligence of someone, please call the experienced trial attorneys at Corless Barfield Trial Group for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten? Five Key Skills To Assess

Kindergarten comes quickly! The first day of Kindergarten is filled with excitement and emotion as we launch our little ones off to start formal schooling. One of the greatest measures of success for the kindergarten year is your child’s academic and socialemotional readiness. Now is a good time to assess areas of strength and areas still being developed in your child. As the parent, you have the privilege to come alongside your child and help build their skills, confidence and security. What a fun and important job. Let’s get started: In determining readiness for kindergarten, parents should consider several things: general knowledge, vocabulary, attentiveness and focus, curiosity and desire to learn, and social and physical maturity. While these skills are further developed in kindergarten, a certain level is needed for a successful first year of formal education.

General knowledge

General knowledge is gained through read aloud books, exploring, and engaging children in conversation about the world around them. A child ready for kindergarten should know basic colors, shapes, be able to recognize most letters of the alphabet and may know the sounds of several letters. They should also recognize numbers to ten, be able to count to

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A child’s vocabulary entering kindergarten has been shown to determine academic success. Vocabulary is acquired through read aloud and discussion with an adult. Engaging conversation and learning activities such as cooking, creating art projects, visiting the library, and exploring together will help to increase vocabulary.

Attentiveness and Focus

Social and Physical Maturity

The ability to focus on instruction or a task is important for successful learning in the classroom. Readiness for kindergarten means the child can follow instruction and stick with a task for five to ten minutes. Read aloud activities or project learning are good ways to increase attentiveness.

Social and physical maturity is seen in the child’s ability to take turns, share with others, listen, communicate, have command of their body, hold a pencil, write their name, and use scissors. Kindergarten is a place for learning social skills and further developing physical maturity.

Curiosity and Desire to Learn

This is not an exhaustive list of skills for kindergarten, but it will help you assess and prepare for this important step in your child’s life. It is not expected that these skills be mastered. Some children will know all their letters and sounds — maybe even be reading when they enter kindergarten,

A curious mind is easy to teach. Young children are like sponges, soaking up new information minute by minute. Exposing them to a variety of experiences helps their curiosity to grow. Explore the outdoors, involve them in household chores and projects, include them in your hobbies, let them get their hands dirty, create and build, and engage in sports.

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Yaromie wants to serve her country as a Marine someday. But for now, Yaromie is happiest when she gets to hang out with her friends, as well as watch movies, like her favorite, Captain Underpants. She also loves going to the mall, mostly to look at shoes, especially if they are Converse. Yaromie also loves the colors red and black, the TV show Catfish, and Fetty Wap. At school, her favorite subjects are reading, math and history. If you’re serving pizza or tacos, Yaromie is there, but she will pass on sandwiches. Yaromie’s ideal family will have parents who like to spend time together as a family – playing Monopoly on rainy days or going to the park or beach when it’s sunny out. Siblings would be a bonus!

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To be more romantic, don’t make things about your happiness but about your wife’s happiness instead. When you do that, you’ll be romantic in her eyes. And Valentine’s Day will be just an extension of the natural romantic that you now are. Here are 4 ways you can make Valentine’s Day and your marriage not about you but about your wife.

1. Set her apart. It’s here, fellas. Valentine’s Day is upon is. To some, the mere thought may cause you to break into a cold sweat. It’s the one day of the year where we are supposed to be, no, have to be romantic with our spouse. Well, Valentine’s Day is really not the only day of the year we are supposed to be romantic, but it is one of those days where we are encouraged to do so and may be judged if we’re not. For those of us who don’t know the meaning of the word romantic or who don’t have a romantic bone in our bodies, it can be a challenge. For those of us who struggle in the romance department, there is a trick, a hack that can help you be the most ro-

mantic person on every day of the year. It’s simple, but not easy. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it’s not about you—and neither is your marriage. When we understand this and act according to it, romance will be easy. Try this: Think back to your dating days before you and your spouse were married. One of your biggest priorities was making things about her. The restaurant, the date night activity, the clothes or cologne you wore, the doors you opened for her. You made it about her. Then you got married. Maybe you chose to go wherever to eat, date nights disappeared, and she didn’t always smell the fresh fragrance of cologne on you. Now, she may

Your wife has a spot that nobody else can or should occupy. Not your kids, your parents, your golfing buddies, your boss, or anybody. Let her know this and let others know this, with your words and actions.

2. Take on the hard stuff on her behalf. Ever heard of “good cop, bad cop.” Sometimes you have to be the “bad cop” in your

marriage in order to keep her looking good. Being willing to have the next couple of difficult conversations with your kids or family members. Do whatever you can to take some of the heat off of her. Volunteer for some of the harder cleaning items around the house, particularly the ones you know she hates.

3. Love her like you’d want to be loved. You probably treat yourself pretty darn good. You do your best to encourage yourself, to take care of your body and do what you think is best for you. Do that for your wife. Love her in a way that makes her feel loved. Be sure to find out her love language first.

4. Get close and intimate with her.

Intimacy is doing or sharing things with a person that you don’t do with anyone else. Do that with your wife. Share your deepest feelings, concerns, fears, dreams, and anything else. Don’t hold anything back, and don’t let anything get between you and her. When you do these things you will have no problem being romantic, and your wife will know Valentine’s Day and your marriage is not about you, but your love for her.


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How would you describe planning a family vacation? Exciting? Promising? Overwhelming? Stressful? The answer to this can be any and all of these at the same time! Family vacations are so exciting to look forward to and experience together, but they can also be stressful to plan and with so many options available can also be overwhelming! Let’s start with the assumptions that a family vacation is a huge benefit to your family, and is something you definitely want to do! Now, where do you start?

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by Tony Dungy

In the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Derek Redmond believed he could win a silver medal for Great Britain. After five years of daily training and eight operations on his Achilles tendons, Derek had won the first two heats and was running in the semifinals of the 400 meters. Things were going as planned until, coming out of the first turn, he heard a snap and felt a sharp pain in his left leg. Derek went down in a heap on the track as he realized that his left hamstring had exploded, and with it, his dreams of an Olympic medal. He got to his feet and began to run—hop, really—to finish the race. He later said that he was determined to finish and therefore waved off the race officials, who were running toward him with a stretcher. And then he felt a hand on his shoulder.

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Redmond began to push the hand of assistance away until he turned to find himself looking into the face of his father, Jim. When Jim Redmond had seen what had happened to his son, he had pushed his way out of the crowd and onto the track and rushed to tell Derek that he didn’t have to finish. But when Derek insisted that he complete the race, Jim said they would do it together.

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Derek cried into Jim’s shoulder as they walked the remainder of the course, and race officials continued to come to their side in an effort to assist the pair. Jim now was the one who waved them off, later saying he didn’t understand Spanish and wasn’t going to be stopped from being with his son. Our children need to know that we’re there to help them pick up the pieces of their shattered dreams, to tell them

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Here is a super easy stromboli recipe that you can prepare in no time for the big game day or any time you’ve got a hungry crowd. This hearty appetizer is a real crowdpleaser in our home and the beautiful thing about stromboli, is you can layer in whatever ingredients you like.

Pepperoni Stromboli • 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed • 2 eggs, separated • 2 tbsp. oil • 1 tsp. dried oregano • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

• ½ tsp. garlic powder • ¼ tsp. pepper • 4 oz. sliced pepperoni • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1. On a lightly floured surface, roll bread dough into a 15-inch by 12-inch rectangle. 2. Combine egg yolks, oil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder and pepper. Spread over dough. 3. Arrange pepperoni slices over egg mixture and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. 4. Roll up dough starting with a long side. Pinch ends to seal. 5. Place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Lightly beat egg whites and brush over top. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.


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Experienced mother, Zsa Zsa, plays that role very well! She spends her days with little Holly Berry and teaching her the pygmy hippo ways. While she can sometimes be stern, she is also extremely patient and accommodating with her playful girl. Rounding out our perfect pygmy family is Holly Berry. The little bundle of joy made her debut weighing 9 lbs. at just 5 days old and proceeded to steal the hearts of everyone who saw her little rolls. Her name came to fruition with a naming competition in partnership with Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops. After a thousand suggestions, tons of cuteness, and hundreds of pops – Holly’s name was revealed and it is fitting. She is sweet as a berry and truly a holly little girl. With every day, she gains confidence and independence. She still sticks close to mom but is not afraid to push her boundaries. We can’t wait to watch her grow up and hit her next milestones – budding teeth and solid foods.

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And They Lived Happily Ever After DEARLY BELOVED, we are gathered here today, at the neighborhood Cineplex, to witness the union of two people in holy matrimony. Though big-budget Disney remakes, superhero films and sci-fi sagas from a galaxy far, far away often get the most attention at the box office, movies about marriage remain a cinematic staple. That’s because good movies depend on interesting conflicts, and marriage offers no shortage of storytelling fodder in that department, whether we’re talking about Hallmark romances, silly romcoms or serious dramas. We may snicker at the contrived situations and the stilted dialogue that Hollywood often delivers, but the fact is that we do indeed have high expectations of marriage. And movies tap into those “happily ever after”

longings, sometimes in ways that are constructive, other times in ways that quietly reinforce unhealthy expectations of what love and marriage are all about. So let’s take a look at the potential perils and promises of onscreen relationships, especially when it comes to how they influence our perceptions of marriage.

Unrealistic expectations? Most of us like happy endings, and most movies give us exactly that. In fact, we typically get mad when they don’t. And when it comes to relationship movies, happily ever after often comes wrapped in passion, intensity and neatly resolved conflict. The message: The world is a better place now that these two people have finally worked through all their issues.


by Adam Holz, PluggedIn.com That desire for a happy ending is, I believe, hardwired within us. We long for a world where broken places are healed, where rough edges are filed down, where the most unlikely couples somehow navigate their differences and discover that true love can conquer any and all obstacles. Classic rom-coms like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Hitch and Crazy Rich Asians — not to mention virtually every movie on the

Hallmark Channel — are built on this same narrative template. While I am well aware of their derivative nature, I actually like these kind of movies. I’m a romantic at heart. But I sometimes face the temptation to compare my marriage of 15 years (with three kids) to a nice, neat, feel-good story that’s completely wrapped up in the two hours. And if I’ve had a recent conflict with my wife, or we’re dealing with some unresolved issue in our marriage or family, these films can make me feel like there’s something wrong with my own relationship - that it’s not as good as what I’ve just seen on the big screen. In those moments, I have to remember that rom-coms are essentially fantasies and that

Sleepless in Seattle

MOVIES THAT INSPIRE CONVERSATIONS If you and your spouse are looking for an evening of uplifting entertainment, consider the following films. These movies just might inspire you and lead to heartfelt and honest conversation about love, marriage and family (Note: Some of these movies are rated PG-13, so be sure to check out PluggedIn.com if you have any questions about a film’s content.)

• Father of the Bride

• A Beautiful Mind

• Up

• The Incredibles

• Shadowlands

• Wonder

• Marley & Me

• Julie & Julia

• Fireproof

• Ever After

The Incredibles

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We might laugh at Hollywood’s ideas about marriage, but movies have the capacity to both undermine and inspire our relationships.

Crazy Rich Asians life in the real world isn’t always neat and tidy.

Catalysts for conversations and inspiration And yet… a well-told story has the capacity to move our hearts, to unlock feelings and ideas we weren’t even aware of. Movies can inspire us to be better people — to make

us want to love our spouse with more intentionality, more understanding, more forgiveness. Films can open the door for us to talk about weaknesses, faults and foibles that might otherwise be difficult to acknowledge.

what faithfulness looks like for the long haul and in the face of loss or struggle. A Beautiful Mind, for example, depicts a wife who struggles to love a husband with schizophrenia. In Shadowlands, we see C.S. Lewis’ faithful love for his wife, Joy Davidman, as she succumbs to terminal cancer.

Sometimes, movies also provide a powerful portrait of

Turns out that “happily ever after” is a lifelong journey, one full of triumphs and troubles, victories and setbacks. Some movies powerfully remind us of this reality, some inspire us, and some prompt us to laugh at ourselves. Just remember that it’s on us to recognize that our nagging marital problems

A Beautiful Mind

aren’t going to be solved in two hours at the Cineplex.


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The Most Romantic Gift — Keep a lifelong fascination with your spouse by Dr. Greg Smalley American couples spend billions each Valentine’s Day. Romantic cards, candy, flowers, candlelit dinners and even expensive jewelry — are these what true romance is all about? I’m not knocking such gestures, and this year I’ll likely buy some items on that list. But these things are mere romantic tokens. Gifts and dinner dates can enhance romance, but they do not define romance. Some couples fail to understand its essence and have instead replaced the heart of romance with symbolic tokens and obligatory outings. Proverbs 5:18-19 aptly describes the heart of romance: “Rejoice in the wife of your youth….May you always be captivated by her love”. True romance is more about being captivated by your spouse than buying flowers or chocolate.

Captivation is all about curiosity and interest – being allured by your spouse.

Intentional Connection When I was first dating Erin, getting to know her was fascinating. We spent hours talking about her feelings, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, fears, desires, needs, hopes and dreams. However, after we’d been married for a few years, we encountered a romance buster – we became accustomed to each other. We gradually stopped asking questions and started believing that we knew everything there was to know about each other.

Every marriage has areas that are working well and areas that could use improvement. In order to have a healthy marriage, it’s important to evaluate these areas and give them the attention they need. Here’s the great news: Romance and passion don’t have to naturally fade. I learned to nurture romance by renewing my mindset daily. I changed my attitude from seeking comfort in the familiar to remaining curious. When I pursue staying current with Erin’s inner world, I’m captivated by her feelings, needs, fears, hopes and dreams, which is the very stuff that I spent hours learning about during our dating, engagement and early marriage years.

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Lifelong fascination True romance is a deep, lifelong fascination with your mate. As you renew your curiosity, your wife or husband will seem even more alluring. Your spouse and your marriage relationship are always changing; there’s something new to discover every day. Being a lifelong student of your spouse and learning all you can about her or him is the most romantic gift you will ever give on any day of the year. Dr. Greg Smalley is vice president of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family and the author of several books, including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.

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with Jim Daly Q: Every time I turn around, there’s another example in the news or on social media about people fighting over issues of race, politics, religion, moral beliefs, etc. I’m beginning to lose hope that there can ever be peace in our land. What are your thoughts? Jim: It’s clear that America is deeply divided, on many fronts. But a lot of that conflict is driven by an idea that’s fundamentally untrue: the perception that disagreeing with someone means you disrespect them as a person—or even hate them. It doesn’t have to be that way. Beliefs can be polarizing. But differing perspectives don’t have to cause us to lose our sense of dignity for one another. That means we can vigorously defend what we believe, but we can do it with civility and respect. The key is grasping and applying a core value that’s guided our nation for over two centuries: a person’s value is the result of qualities beyond what we see at first glance. This is why my Christian faith emphasizes the profound worth of every human being. People don’t deserve dignity because they’re the right height, shape, color, political

persuasion or any other label. All human beings have immeasurable worth simply because it’s endowed them by their Creator. Our conversations about societal issues have to start— and continue—in that context. And it works. Some of the people I consider to be my friends are activists who fight for ideas that directly oppose my deeply held beliefs. We disagree over almost every political and social issue. But we’ve still been able to build genuine friendships, because we show one another respect even though we hold radically differing opinions. None of us believes our opposing views have to turn into animosity or hatred toward one another. That civility allows us to find common ground.


simple questions to always ask (and train your daughter to always ask).

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter was invited to an overnight video marathon at a friend’s house. The plan was to binge-watch a series of horror films that we wouldn’t ordinarily view in our household. We chose to not let our daughter attend. But when I spoke with the friend’s mom, her reply was “Whatever—it’s only a movie.” Do you think we were too restrictive? Bob Waliszewski, Director, Plugged In: I’ll admit I’m not a fan of the horror film genre or its recent spin-off commonly called torture porn. Because of that, it would be easy for me to quickly answer your question with a “you did the right thing—case closed.” But the question is best answered in a bigger context of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable films. I like to boil down the “in-bounds vs. out-of-bounds” dilemma to a few

The first is this: Will watching this film (or watching this TV show, listening to this song, playing this video game) make me a better person? Will it encourage me to be more honest, compassionate, generous and noble? Will it challenge me to care about others more, make a greater difference in this world, and better respond to life’s trials? If the answer to the above questions is yes, there’s still another factor to consider. Even if the film is inspiring, encouraging and uplifting overall, does it contain some content that would be counterproductive to my overall mental/ spiritual health? I say all this because it’s arguable that a few “horror” movies might fit the bill. But again, the place to start is not just films of this type, but to put all movies—no matter the genre—to the tests above. PluggedIn.com provides detailed content reviews to help you with this process.

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TRUE INTIMACY IN MARRIAGE IS WORTH THE SACRIFICES Q: I’m getting married in June. My fiancée and I want to have a great lifelong relationship, so we’re asking various people for advice and input. What’s your perspective?

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I think part of the answer lies in what we expect from relationships. The primary reason we’re attracted to people is because of the way they make us feel. Now, I want as much as anyone to experience good feelings in my marriage. But superficial emotions like that aren’t enough of a foundation to sustain a relationship or to create deep, fulfilling intimacy. That’s because as soon as the good feelings disappear, so does the person’s commitment to the relationship. It’s why people abandon friendships. And it’s why people give up on marriages. True love is something quite different. Love is patient and understanding. And, yes, love can be hard. It sacrifices for someone else and chooses to stay with them in spite of their faults. Instead of running away, love faces challenges head on, so it can break through to something richer and more meaningful. As one person put it, love is “seeing the darkness in another person, yet resisting the impulse to jump ship.” Very few things in life are as enriching as true intimacy in marriage. The path to authentic, soul-fulfilling intimacy in a relationship isn’t always strewn with rose petals; sometimes there are a few thorns along the way. But it’s definitely worth the work.

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DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR KIDS Q: Our family schedule is pretty crazy, and it seems like we’re all just getting busier. We’re trying to make changes, but meanwhile I’m concerned about staying connected with our children in what little “free time” we have. What do you suggest? Jim: Parenting can certainly be challenging, and it’s easy to let the serious business fill every hollow. But sometimes you just have to know when to be playful. I’ll share a personal example. I came home from work one day just as my boys came dragging into the house from the backyard. Troy was limping and Trent had a black and blue mark emerging on his chin. “What happened?” I asked. Troy said, “Don’t jump on the trampoline with Mom. She landed on my ankle.” Then Trent said, “Her knee cracked me right in the jaw.”

Obviously, that playtime didn’t go so well, but believe it or not, it did have a positive outcome. First, it was a moment we all still laugh about. But more importantly, Jean’s playfulness drew the boys closer to her. The bum ankle and sore jaw are long forgotten, but my boys will always remember their mom taking time out of her busy schedule to play with them. That’s a great reminder for every parent. The pressures of adult life can make us a little too serious sometimes. Be playful. Play board games, wrestle on the floor, throw the ball around. Find something your children like to do and join them. It’ll deepen your relationship with them, and they’ll see you as more than a disciplinarian or someone who cooks dinner and does the laundry. They’ll see you as someone who really enjoys spending time with them whenever you can. And to a child, that equals feeling loved.

HOW TO HANDLE A TODLER TANTRUM Q: I’m a first-time parent, and my son is just getting to the “toddler tantrum” stage. I’m a bit overwhelmed— how do I handle these episodes? Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: That may depend on the reason for the tantrum. Is your child hungry or tired? If so, offering a snack or a nap may be all it takes to nip a tantrum in the bud. However, if your child is frustrated over not getting his way, the best thing to do is ignore the outburst. The last thing you want to do is give in or drop everything in an effort to appease your little one. This will teach him that negative behavior pays off.

Once your child does calm down, explain that screaming won’t work and that you need him to use words. If the tantrum continues, however, you may need to use a time-out. Place your toddler somewhere without toys or entertainment, and wait for him to quiet down before allowing him to rejoin the family. It can also be helpful to identify those triggers that set your child off. If, for instance, your toddler tends to throw a fit when it’s time to leave a fun setting, prepare him in advance. A five-minute warning can go a long way toward heading off a tantrum. Finally, remember that toddler temper tantrums are perfectly normal. And, if they’re handled correctly, your child will soon learn healthier ways to express emotions. For more ideas about raising young children, visit FocusOnTheFamily.com.

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

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250 78th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

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12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

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10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

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1897 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater

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4401 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg

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11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo

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4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park

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1775 S Highlands Avenue, Clearwater

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Persuade children to take additional math classes. Many students indicate that they do not plan to take math classes beyond their school requirements. Math classes offer critical learning skills that are needed throughout life. Success in algebra correlates with success in higher education and learning reasoning skills. Taking additional math classes helps children to become logical, independent thinkers.

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Courtney Titcomb, a first-grade teacher at Azalea Elementary School, and Olivia Crawford, a language arts teacher at Largo Middle School, were named the district’s inaugural Emerging Teachers of the Year.

David Martinez-Cooley, a music teacher at Leila G. Davis Elementary, has been named Pinellas County Schools’ 2020 Teacher of the Year. The award was presented Wednesday night during the Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. All 131 nominees were also recognized at the event.

Courtney Titcomb, a first-grade teacher at Azalea Elementary Schooi, named Emerging Teacher of the Year for elementary.

Olivia Crawford, a language arts teacher at Largo Middle School, named secondary Emerging Teacher of the Year. Martinez-Cooley has worked with the Pinellas County Schools for more than 12 years. He earned Master’s degrees in Music Education and Mathematics Education from the University of Florida. Martinez-Cooley is a recognized leader among Pinellas music educators. He serves on the district’s textbook adoption committee to choose new digital resources for the district’s elementary music students and he helped with revising and refining the district’s grade level key learnings. He has a very successful music program at the school and that success is due to his willingness to always find new and unique ways of engaging his general music students. David Martinez-Cooley will now represent the district in the state Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.


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in their second or third year of teaching. These teachers have demonstrated excellence through representation of the district’s core values. Two teachers are selected, one from elementary and one from secondary. Titcomb and Crawford, along with district teachers, were celebrated at the annual Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

Student artworks on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center More than 100 elementary school students were honored on this past January for having their artworks selected for the Creative Start Elementary Schools Exhibit. The exhibit, which features art by students from schools beginning with the letters A-M, are on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Congratulations to all of the PCS students chosen for the exhibit and our student award winners! Award of Merit: Daria Proykova, Academie DaVinci Dylan Meyer, Brooker Creek Elementary Dieudonne Sathoud, Fairmount Park Elementary

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February 1 - 29 BUSCH GARDENS REAL MUSIC REAL MASTERS Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest running concert series returns! This amazing concert series brings unique acts to Stanleyville Theater, including firstrate tribute acts, acrobatic performances and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras. Grab a seat in the climatecontrolled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live at Busch Gardens. www.buschgardens.com February 1 - 29 UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS 2020

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February 1 MONSTER JAM Don’t miss Monster Jam this January at Raymond James Stadium. You can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers and crews, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. It’s an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where special connections are made and lifelong fans are born. This is Monster Jam. www.monsterjam.com February 4 - 14 BE WINTER’S VALENTINE


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The multiple award-winning Broadway, film and TV star joins the Florida Orchestra at the Mahaffey Theater for heartfelt renditions of songs by Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein and more. Michael Francis conducts. A great concert for a great cause: your Florida Orchestra. www.floridaorchestra.org February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 SESAME STREET SAFARI OF FUN KIDS’ WEEKENDS AT BUSCH GARDENS Ahoy mateys! Join your favorite Sesame Street crew decked out in pirate gear Saturdays and Sundays February 1 through 16 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. New this year, families can meet Aloysius Snuffleupagus, affectionately known as Snuffy, during the first ever Snuffy Weekend. Young lads and lasses are invited to join in the celebration each weekend, featuring: Pirate character dance parties with your favorite Sesame Street friends, themed story times, a treasure

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February 5 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PERFORMS AT THE MFA Join the Museum of Fine Arts as The Florida Orchestra gives a special, intimate performance of Darius Milhaud’s Creation du Monde and Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, inspired by the exhibition. Concert will be conducted by TFO Associate Conductor Daniel Black, and narrated by local actor Becca McCoy. www.mfastpete.org February 6 - 17 FLORIDA STATE FAIR Experience 12 days of thrill rides, amazing agricultural exhibits with over 5,000 animals and fantastic fair food. Don’t www.gulfcoastfamily.org

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Get your taste buds ready, because SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back! Savor over 180 mouthwatering options – from international cuisines to domestic and imported craft beers to unique wines. Sample from more culinary markets than ever before – including Caribbean offerings and delectable sweets. And to top it all off, SeaWorld is bringing their most diverse lineup of live performances ever to the stage – featuring rock, country, Latin, Christian, and more! www.seaworld.com February 8 RAYMOND JAMES POPS PRESENTS MUSIC OF BOND...JAMES BOND Be stirred, not shaken, by more than 50 years of music for the world’s most famous spy. Michael Francis conducts. Performances will be held at the Mahaffey Theater and at Ruth Eckerd Hall. www.floridaorchestra.org www.gulfcoastfamily.org

February 8, 15, 22, 29 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. www.thedali.org February 9 ROCKET LAUNCH: ULA ATLAS V SOLAR ORBITER Solar Orbiter is an international cooperative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA and will soon study the sun. The mission seeks to answer questions like how the sun is able to create and control its heliosphere, the surrounding bubble of magnetic fields. Solar Orbiter will orbit the sun, nearing as close as 26 million miles away from the star. After launch, it will take 3 years to reach this elliptical orbit around the sun. The spacecraft has been developed by Airbus Defence and Space. www.kennedyspacecenter.com

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February 20 - 23 DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND Enjoy a Royal Race Weekend! It’s an enchanting occasion for princesses and princes of all ages, featuring events for all skill levels, coveted regal medals and Disney entertainment! Meet some of your favorite Disney Princesses, pose for photos and make your way to the finish that ends happily ever after! www.rundisney.com February 22 TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER’S LIVING HISTORY SATURDAYS Get face-to-face with Florida history during Living History Saturdays! Each month, a living historian will tell stories, show artifacts and give a short presentation on a different

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